Menno Welling (abd) studied the
African Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology at Leiden University, University
of Dar-es-Salaam and Syracuse University, NY. He has conducted fieldwork in
Tanzania, Benin, Mali and Malawi. His PhD research concerns the Lundu Kingdom
and Mbona rain cult in southernmost Malawi. In 2006 he set up the first
anthropology and archaeology programme in Malawi at the Catholic University,
where he also was the founding Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Director
In 2011 he established African
Heritage Research & Consultancy, the first CRM company in the country.
Menno is further founder and honorary managing director of
Mlambe Foundation, a Dutch
registered charitable organization for heritage preservation through education
in Malawi. Since 2010 he has been coordinator of the African Initiative of the
ICOMOS International Committee on Archaeological Heritage Management (ICAHM).
As chairman of the Lower Shire
Heritage Trust in 2009 he was presented a TVM Our People Our Pride Award at a national gala for his
cultural preservation efforts, in particular the reintroduction of traditional
weaving through Tisunge! Lower Shire Heritage
Centre. Menno currently is treasurer of
the Lower Shire Heritage Trust and member of the board of the Malawi Coalition
of Cultural Experts.