Mark Mapemba is a Board Member of PODCAM and Chairman of PODCAM Youth Network. He is Vice Chair of *FEDOMA YOUTH NETWORK (FEDOMA – Federation of Disability Organizations in Malawi), He is a board Member and Self Advocates representative for Inclusion Africa. Mark is Council Member of Inclusion International. Mark has traveled around the world speaking on disability issues (Kenya, Rome and Madrid) . Just this year, he attended the United Nations, 9th Conference of States Parties (COSP),and participated in a roundtable discussion on promoting the rights of persons with mental and intellectual disabilities. He spoke on the necessity of moving beyond a simple accommodation and service based approach to supporting people with intellectual disabilities, ensuring the legal capacity and right to decision-making for persons with intellectual disabilities, as well as the reorganization of education systems in order to facilitate genuine inclusive education.