About Our Leadership
Africa Windmill Project’s office is in Lilongwe, Malawi. Working within a 3 hour radius of Lilongwe, Africa Windmill Project has sites throughout the central region of Malawi. In the U.S. we operate with a volunteer board of directors and other volunteers helping us on a project basis.
Gibozi is married to Esther Hara and they have two boys Israel and Ian. Gibozi holds a Masters Degree in International Development from Eastern University, a Bachelors Degree in Biblical Studies from African Bible College, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Guidance, Counseling and Youth Development from Guidance, Counseling and Youth Development Center for Africa. Gibozi accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior in 1996 and currently attends Living Waters Church.
“I have a passion for agriculture and this has helped me to acquire two properties that I use as a farm. Mostly I grow rain fed corn which is used for food for my family. I also sell some of the surplus that I get and I use some corn as payment for people that help me in the farm work. I feel honored to be part of Africa Windmill Project and I strongly believe that God has so much in store for all of us. ”
Joseph Rex Monocle is married to Roselyn Shyret Moomba. Joseph holds a BSc Degree in Environmental Science from University of Livingstonia, and a Diploma in Irrigation Engineering from the Lilongwe University of Agriculture, Natural Resources (Natural Resources College Campus) and a Certificate in Project Management from Lilongwe Technical College. He grew up in a Christian family and attends Church of Central Africa Presbyterial. Joseph accepted Christ as his Lord and Savior in 2004.
“I have had a passion for irrigation and water engineering and this helped me to pursue my career in the agriculture and water field. These have been felt needs of most Malawian communities and I don’t regret in achieving my hearts desired career to help alleviate food insecurity and water problems in rural Areas where we work. I believe God has given me this opportunity to work with Africa Windmill Project in solving these needs in my community and beyond. ”
Professor is 27 years old and the second born in a family of 5 children. He did his primary school at Lilongwe Christian private school and secondary school at Mitundu secondary school. His interest in agriculture especially irrigated agriculture developed while at Mitundu secondary which is very close to Bunda College of Agriculture which is part of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources. In 2011, Professor was selected to study Irrigation Engineering at Bunda College of Agriculture a constituent college of the University of Malawi now known as Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR). Professor graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Irrigation Engineering in 2015. He briefly worked with the Ministry of Agriculture Irrigation and Water Development as an intern in 2014. Professor joined Africa Windmill Project in April 2017 as a Project Coordinator responsible for Chigonthi Extension Planning Area (EPA).
Alex Chipeta is 29 years old and married to Mervis Metope. They have one child, his name is Timothy Chipeta and he is one year and 8 months old. Alex was born in a Christian family of 6 children and was the third born. He has 4 sisters and 1 brother. His are still living and they stay in Mzuzu which is 5 hours from Lilongwe. Alex attended Primary School education in several places because my dad was working as a teacher and he taught at different schools. Alex completed his secondary school education at Bandawe Secondary School in Nkhata-bay District. From 2012 – 2014 Alex completed a Diploma in Irrigated Agriculture Program at FISD Institute of Agriculture, Water and Environment. In 2017 Alex continued his education by completing an an on-line course to receive a Certificate in Sustainable Food Security and Crop Production with Wageningen University in Netherlands. Alex is a Project Coordinator for Mngwangwa Extension Planning Area.
“I love doing what I do because my work improves lives of vulnerable people in ways that are achievable and sustainable.”
Elias Chidothi is 32 years old. He is married to Mwangisi Chalimba and together they have 1 child. Elias is the first born child in a family of 5 children. Both my mother and father are still living. Elias holds the Junior Certificate of Education (JCE) this is a certificate that one gets after they pass the National Examinations that are written in 10th Grade. Elias is a Driver responsible for logistics at Mngwangwa Extension Planning Area.
“It is exciting to note that I have worked at Africa Windmill Project long enough to know how the pumps work and whenever the team is repairing pumps I take part in the work because I enjoy working on the irrigation pumps.”
John Chidothi is 36 years old. He is an only child and his mother is still living. John did primary and part of my secondary school education in Lilongwe and then went to stay with his aunt in Blantyre to complete the last part of his secondary school education. John has the Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) which is an equivalent of High School Diploma. John works as a Driver responsible for logistics at Chigonthi Extension Planning Area.
“I am passionate about Africa Windmill Project and that makes me work just like any other staff when it comes to working with irrigation technology in the field. I am so glad to be part of the team.”
U.S. Board of Directors & Founders
After graduating Texas Tech University with a Masters of Architecture John moved to the Orlando area where he worked for two architecture firms before opening his own practice, Green Apple Architecture in Winter Park, FL. John enjoys working with his clients on their residential or commercial projects to steward their finances in a responsible and efficient manner while also prioritizing design and sustainability.
John and his wife Kimberly have been married since 1997. They have four children, Julian, Jude and Pax and Joy.
John’s role with Africa Windmill Project is to work directly developing the staff and helping to prepare short and long term goals for Africa Windmill Project. John also helps the staff as they work to develop irrigation technology appropriate to our different projects.
Kimberly grew up in Lawrence, Kansas and received her Bachelor’s of Interior Design from Texas Tech University. After working professionally for a couple of years Kimberly began Interior Design consulting so that she could be at home with their children. Currently she home schools and helps John run Green Apple Architecture.
As a volunteer with Africa Windmill Project Kimberly’s primary role is to raise awareness and operating funds for the work in Malawi. Kimberly maintains the day to day interactions with the staff and donors and is responsible for coordinating volunteers.
After attending college at Taylor University, John worked in student ministry for several years while preparing for the dream of one day starting a church. John and his wife Brandy, along with God’s grace and some close friends, founded Summit Church in 2001. John is Summit’s Lead Pastor, John has a strong desire to see people filled with purpose and direction. His chief responsibilities include developing strategy, building biblically functioning communities through solidifying the foundational structures of various ministries, shepherding staff and congregants, implementing vision, and generally equipping both staff and volunteers for ministry. John leads Summit in developing our partnerships in Africa.
John and his wife Brandy have been married since August 1999. Their greatest joy is raising their children, adopted from Ethiopia: Mulunesh, Sinkenesh, Archike, Samuel, Abush, and Aschalew.
John’s role in Africa Windmill Project is to provide counsel and strategy for developing and implementing partnerships. He utilizes his knowledge of organization structures and missions to keep Africa Windmill Project focused and growing.
Craig Petersen brings more than 20 years of finance and software company management experience to AWP’s Board of Directors. Before joining the corporate finance team at EnableSoft, he served as Chief Operating Officer and Director for a SaaS company PowerDMS, and has owned and managed a number of companies including New Media Networks, a pioneer in live athletic event streaming that was purchased by XOS Technologies in 2004. He holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School and dual-degrees in Business and Theology from Grace University.
Mr. Petersen has done a great deal of speaking and presenting on topics such as entrepreneurial endeavors and leadership. He is also a big proponent of helping the business community in Orlando.
Mr. Petersen started in the industry in 1987, on the functional and vocational side, with Union Pacific Railroad. In addition to his prior experiences, his educational background has contributed to his success in the field. He earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, as well as a dual bachelor’s degree in business management and theology from Grace University. He was recently inducted into Worldwide Branding and also maintains affiliation with the Harvard Business School Club of Jacksonville.
Craig and His wife Teri have been married since 1992. They have four children Alex, Noelle, Miranda and Gwynn.
Craig’s role with Africa Windmill Project is to help with long term planning, organization and financial transparency.