Saulos Chilima

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Saulos Chilima
Saulos Klaus Chilima, Vice President of Malawi 2017 (cropped).jpg
Vice President of Malawi
In office
31 May 2014 – 28 May 2019
PresidentPeter Mutharika
Preceded byKhumbo Kachali
Succeeded byEverton Chimulirenji
Personal details
Born12 February 1973 (age 46)
Political partyUnited Transformation Movement (UTM)
Democratic Progressive Party (until 2018)
Alma materUniversity of Malawi

Saulos Klaus Chilima (born 12 February 1973, Ntcheu[1]) is a Malawian economist and politician. Before joining politics, Chilima held key leadership positions in various multi-national companies including Unilever, Coca-Cola and Airtel Malawi, where he rose to become Chief Executive Officer.[2]

In February 2014, Saulos Chilima was announced as the running mate of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) presidential candidate Peter Mutharika for the May 2014 presidential election.[3]


Saulos Chilima attended the Marist Brothers Mtendere Secondary School Thiwi in the Dedza District.[4] A devout Catholic, he holds a Bachelor of Social Sciences (Economics) degree and a Master of Science (Economics) degree, both from Chancellor College of the University of Malawi. On 10 August 2015, Chilima received his Ph.D in Knowledge Management from the University of Bolton in the United Kingdom.[5]


Previously, Chilima also served as minister for disaster relief and public events.[6][7]

He is a member of the Leadership Council of Compact 2025, a partnership that develops and disseminates evidence-based advice to politicians and other decision-makers aimed at ending hunger and undernutrition by 2025,[8] and has written on the topic of malnutrition.[9] He has spoken on sustainable and inclusive development[10] and at international conferences on ending hunger.[11]

He has shown himself an advocate of environmentalism[12] and of physical fitness[13] and sports participation,[14] a stern critic of corruption in politics,[15][16][17] and an active supporter of the Archdiocesan seminaries.[18] As a student he was known as championing multi-party democracy.

On 21 July, 2018 he launched his transformation movement called United Transformation Movement (UTM) towards formation of his political party to contest in May 2019 elections.[19] On February 1, 2019 Chilima's UTM held meetings with two other political parties and an alliance of smaller political parties aimed at forming a united opposition. The other parties to the discussion were Alliance for Democracy (Aford), former Malawi President Joyce Banda's Peoples Party, and Tikonze People's Movement which is led by former Vice President Cassim Chilumpha. They agreed to field one presidential candidate for the May 2019 elections.


  1. ^ ‘Are you Saulos Chilima?’
  2. ^ "Profile of the Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, Right Honourable Saulos Klaus Chilima". Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  3. ^ "Meet Mutharika's runningmate Saulos Klaus Chilimaa: A great achiever at 40". 12 February 2014. Archived from the original on 18 March 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014.
  4. ^ "VP inspires Mtendere Secondary School students - The Nation Online". The Nation Online. 5 June 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  5. ^ "Malawi President 'proud' of VP Chilima for attaining genuine doctorate degree | Malawi NEWSNow". Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  6. ^ Editor, Online. "MALAWI CABINET". Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  7. ^ "UNICEF Malawi - Media centre - UNICEF deploys drones for flood response in Salima and Lilongwe". Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  8. ^ "Leadership Council". Retrieved 20 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Abdoulaye Bio Tchané & Saulos Klaus Chilima, Author at African Arguments". African Arguments. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  11. ^ "Fight hunger by educating farmers". Daily Monitor. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  12. ^ "Saulos Klaus Chilima – Missionaries of Africa – SAP Province". Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Vice President Rt. Hon Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima joins #Be More Race - The Maravi Post". The Maravi Post. 26 July 2017. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  14. ^ "Revamp minority sports - Veep". Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  15. ^ "Chilima speaks tough on blind loyalty | Malawi 24 - All the latest Malawi news". Malawi 24. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  16. ^ "Chilima speaks on corruption - The Nation Online". The Nation Online. 28 February 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  17. ^ Hub, Africa News. "News by topic :: Saulos Klaus Chilima". Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  18. ^ "Malawi VP Chilima in Pre-Valentine Fundraising Dinner - Pleads With Catholics to 'Adopt a Seminary'". Nyasa Times (Leeds). 14 February 2018. Retrieved 6 March 2018.
  19. ^ "Meet Saulos Chilima, the DPP running mate". 10 February 2014. Retrieved 1 March 2014.