Saukira Banda

Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow, Class of 2021

  • Home country: Malawi
  • College and degree: Bachelor of Arts in Journalism - University of Malawi 
  • Current position: Communications practitioner
  • Specialization: Climate change communication
What is the most memorable or impactful experience of your career so far? 

The most impactful experience I've had was supporting the development of the National Environment and Climate Change Communication Management Strategy (2019-2024) for Malawi. 

What impact do you want to make in your country?

I would like to see to it that there is effective communication with regard to science on adaptation options that communities can choose and implement in order to build resilience. 

How do you think your Humphrey Fellowship and your time at Cornell will help boost your career? 

I think the new knowledge and enhanced skills acquired at Cornell will likely broaden the scope of job opportunities and innovative initiatives that I can undertake in future. 

What does public service mean to you?

For me, public service means working to improve the socio-economic well-being of the vastly marginalized communities in order to enjoy better living standards.

What are you happiest doing when you're not working? 

Hiking and jogging.

What is your personal motto? 

Do everything as unto the Lord

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