Mr James Tayali
Young African Research Fellow
James, a Young African Research Fellow (YARF) at the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), is deeply passionate about entrepreneurship, public health, and education research in Africa. His goal is to empower communities to combat poverty, disease, and youth unemployment. Before joining HSRC, he served as a country impact specialist for One Acre Fund, a nonprofit in Malawi. There, he conducted research and developed innovative agriculture training materials, benefiting over 56,000 farmers and improving food security while addressing malnutrition.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley, with a scholarship from the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP). Additionally, he earned a Master of Philosophy in Health Innovation from the University of Cape Town, supported by the Mandela Rhodes Foundation (MRF).
James is an accomplished young entrepreneur, founding three social ventures in Malawi. Deal Malawi is a leading online marketplace, ICI Africa offers peer mentorship for secondary school students, and Keki-Mawe is a food manufacturing start-up that produces nutritious food to combat malnutrition and anemia among women and children. In recognition of his impactful work, he won the 2023 MasterCard Foundation Alumnus Impact Award at the University of California, Berkeley.