Debora Duwa Mtambalika - Malawi
African Drone and Data Academy Students
I grew up in Thyolo district but now reside in Lilongwe district. After completing secondary school, I studied for a Bachelor of Science degree in Natural Resources Management at the Lilongwe Natural Resources College (LUANAR-Bunda Campus). I also have a Civic Leadership certificate from Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).
After graduating from LUANAR, I joined UNICEF Malawi on a Cholera project as a volunteer and later worked with UNICEF as a Geospatial Data Officer (Intern) and later as a Humanitarian Performance Monitoring consultant. From there, I moved to Chemonics International as a drone Remote Pilot on the USAID GHSC-PSM project. Currently, my enthusiasm is high to accomplish a course work certifying me as a UAV pilot internationally at ADDA.
Apart from being well conversant with drone operations from my past work experience with UNICEF, I joined ADDA to grow my knowledge and skills in Aerospace engineering. Being at ADDA has offered me the opportunity to understand Aircraft designs, their programming software, technical requirements needed for an Aircraft to fly, international rules and regulations for operating a drone regally, integrating Geographical Information Systems (GIS) in drone technology and how to venture into drone entrepreneurship.
I have been at the academy for over two months now and have learnt how to build the s500 drone, Ecosoar drone and how to manage their performance. I have learnt the techniques behind the motion of drones which include, the shape of the wings and propellers. I have also learnt about the safety and risk management in aviation.
Because of high unemployment rates of the youth in the country, I would like to have a drone company focusing on different drone functionalities. I would also like to become a spatial data provider, making all spatial data readily available and analyzed depending on the interest of organizations like UNICEF and governmental departments.
Being a pioneer of Youth for Environmental Development (a youth engagement initiative with a number of environmental leaderships programs) in Lilongwe, I plan to use drones to mapping of flood prone areas and dumping sights in Lilongwe. Drones will be efficient and effective than ground truthing. Mapping will help to inform Cholera preventive activities and inform early reliable warnings of floods in the communities. In turn all this will reduce human life and property loss.