Dr. Linley Chiwona-Karltun‘s training includes a PhD in International Health from Karolinska Institutet, Sweden, a Masters degree in Human Nutrition from Uppsala University, Sweden, and a Bachelor’s degree in Food Nutrition and Institutional Management from East Carolina University, USA.
Dr. Chiwona-Karltun is currently serving as a lecturer and research fellow at The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) in Sweden since 2002. Dr. Chiwona-Karltun conducts multidisciplinary research that include food safety and food security with particular focus on complementary food-feed-energy systems that are central to rural and urban Africa populations in achieving good nutritional and health outcomes. She has published peer-review papers, book chapters, teaching materials, popular science, media debates, conference papers, and is currently editing a book. Dr. Chiwona-Karltun has also served at the International Foundation for Science (IFS) as a Scientific Coordinator and trainer in partnership with the African Women in Agriculture Research and Development (AWARD 2008-2010).
Additionally, Dr. Chiwona-Karltun serves in several national and international managing and advisory boards of scientific, government, social and economic organizations. For example, she is a member of the International Potato Centre (CIP) 2015-2017 and The African Nutrition Society. Dr. Chiwona-Karltun is the co-founder of the Chinangwa ndi Mbatata Roots and Tubers Enterprise (CMRTE) in Malawi that has membership of over 3000 farmers and more than 80% are women. Dr. Chiwona-Karltun is also a founding member of The African Agricultural Professionals in the Diaspora-Europe (AAAPD) and The Network of African European Women Scientists (NAWES). Dr. Chiwona-Karltun is involved in social entrepreneurial activities that include empowering Africans interested in farming and agribusiness with capabilities that enable them to positively affect their livelihood trajectories. For example, Women in Agribusiness Sub-Saharan Africa Alliance (WASAA) and Market Matters Incorporated (MMInc). Dr. Chiwona-Karltun has recently received scientific recognitions as an African Agricultural Role Model by the Modernizing African Food Systems Consortium (MAFS). Dr. Chiwona-Karltun was born and raised in Malawi and has been living and working in Sweden for the last twenty-six years.