Grace Kumchulesi is the Director of Development Planning at the National Planning Commission of Malawi. She received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Cape Town in 2010 and her M.A. in Economics from the University of Malawi in 2005. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Population Council headquarters in New York and has lectured Economics at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels at the University of Malawi.
Her broad area of research interest is in reducing poverty and she is specifically interested in studying policies that affect the future of adolescent girls, who are at a crossroads on the path to their futures.
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