Sandra Malaika joined CMU-Africa in June 2016 when Carnegie Mellon University entered into a partnership agreement with the Mastercard Foundation to educate 125 young brilliant Africans. These students had great academic and leadership potential, but few educational opportunities.

Prior to joining CMU-Africa, Malaika was managing economic growth and good governance programmes at the UK Department for International Development (DFID). She studied business management at the Kigali Institute of Management University and international development at Andrews University.

Malaika enjoys working with young people and is passionate about education and youth empowerment. In her free time, she loves reading, traveling, and listening to music.


  • Scholars management
  • Scholars program monitoring and compliance
  • Scholars’ student success programming and support Scholars program reporting
  • Mastercard Foundation scholarship selection lead
  • Scholars Program reporting
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