LEAD – Staff

 Sosten Chiotha, Regional Director

Recent projects I have been involved in include ecosystem management, food security and resilience to climate change for both urban and rural areas. I have accumulated 25 years of research, collaboration and networking experience, from grass roots to policy makers. I am involved in the Adaptability, Food Security, Risk, and the Right to the City in Sub-Saharan Africa (Africity) along with  6 partners (Funders Germany DAAD and BMBF.) and Transformative, Transgressive learning in times of climate change (T-Learning) involving 9 partners in 9 countries on 4 continents.


Mathews Daniel Tsirizeni, Research Assistant

Mathews Tsirizeni is a GIS and Remote Sensing Specialist and is currently studying a PhD in Remote Sensing for precision Agriculture. He recently developed a professional interest in the use of drones for various fields. He has 3 years’ experience in drone piloting and has been involved in various drone based research work including Technical Centre for Agriculture and Rural Corporation (CTA) – “Eyes in the Sky Smart Tech on the Ground” project; Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) Spain – “Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services initiative”; Global Wetlands in East Africa – “Reconciling future food production with environment Project”, championing drone based approaches within various Breccia’s Small Research Projects.

He has worked extensively in Southern Africa in water resource supply and management for both rural and urban environments. His aspirations are to explore how agriculture digitisation would increase yield and minimize loses.


Patrick Likongwe, Programme Officer – Research and Training

Patrick is currently working with LEAD as a research and training programme officer, providing support in research related projects and training others in climate change mitigation and adaptation, environment and natural resource management.

He is currently researching on Adaptability, Food Security and Risk and the Right to City in sub-Saharan Africa: Towards Sustainable Livelihoods and Green Infrastructure (AFRICITY). He is focusing on the urban ecosystem services through understanding the status of this GI within the city and how best it can be enhanced to support in resilience and sustainable livelihoods.

In relation to the BRECcIA project, with the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, his contribution is to support the achievement of the small research project in the comprehensive assessment of small scale irrigation cropland using Remotely Piloted Aircrafts in the Lake Chilwa basin.