MASYAP is led by a strong and multi-faith female team, committed to helping women and girls in Malawi fight HIV/AIDS and its wide reaching effects. They do this by delivering programmes to improve health, reduce poverty and advocate the self-worth and aspiration.


Nabila Saddiq Tayub – Strategic Director

Nabila has a background of 8 years in HIV/AIDS project management and research from working with Medecins sans Frontieres and a Masters in Public Health from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. She also holds an MPhil from the University of Cambridge and a BA Hons from the University of Oxford.

In conjunction with the Chairman of the Mai Aisha Trust, she is responsible for the overall strategic direction and policy of MASYAP, including programme development, monitoring and evaluation.

Katherine Ryland – Programme Manager

Katherine has a background in Public Health, having worked briefly in Tanzania on a WASH project, and completed research in Vietnam. She graduated with a Masters in International Public Health from Sydney University in 2016, and also holds a BA Hons from the University of Oxford.

Katherine manages the day-to-day operations of MASYAP, including liaising with stakeholders, grant applications, and research. She also oversees the MicroFinance Programme in conjunction with external consultants.

Tamima Melesha – Monitoring and Evaluation/ Microfinance Co-ordinator

Tamima has a degree in Demographics and Economics from the University of Malawi. She has supported research into Voluntary Male Circumcision and is interested in the impact that HIV is currently having in the among youth in Malawi.

Tamima supports all programmes by monitoring the impact on individual members and the community.

She also runs the MicroFinance programme for over 200 women, and has implemented our new savings scheme as part of this.

Doreen Mambo – Youth Co-ordinator

Doreen has a degree in Information Technology from the University of Malawi. She has previously volunteered with various student groups, and run secondary school outreach sessions. She has a strong interest in drama and singing, and uses these skills to enhance her youth outreach with MASYAP.

Doreen is responsible for our youth programme, spanning interventions such as drama, netball, HIV prevention sessions, and school bursaries. She conducts outreach sessions between 3 and 5 times a week.

Lennie Kachingwe – Women’s Support Group Co-ordinator

Lennie first joined MASYAP in 2008 as the chairlady for the Chilomoni Support Group.She co-ordinated home based care for HIV+ individuals, as well as running HIV awareness sessions for her group. She has joined MASYAP as our Women’s Support Co-ordinator, taking responsiblity for all 30 groups. She visits 3 to 5 groups per week to monitor their activities, provide additional HIV support and encourage their growth.

Khadeeja Majaja – MicroFinance Support Co-ordinator

Khadeeja is based at the Mai Aisha Trust as the Office Administrator, and has been with MAT since 2013.Previously, she was the chairlady for the MASYAP Namiyango Support Group. She currently supports Tamima with the microfinance programme, utilising her skills and expereince of the MASYAP network to ensure the programme runs smoothly.

Luwira Umar – Office Assistant

Luwira has been with MASYAP since 2013, and assists with both the womens and the youth outreach programmes. She also helps with day-to-day office administration, and maintaining contact with all members.

Yasmin Yaseen – Volunteer

Yasmin is a short-term volunteer with MASYAP, whilst she completes her degree at the University of Zanzibar. She has conducted research into the optimal age to begin HIV education for girls.