Willie Mpasuka comes from a humble family background in the city slums of Malawi. Willie’s family did not have access to basic needs and general quality care, which affected his academic performance in school. Through the support of relatives and his community, Willie became the only child in his family to reach university at the graduate level. He is a 2008-2009 Urban Promise International Fellow and 2017 African Visionary Fellow. In 2018, Willie received the Rising Star Award from the Segal Family Foundation.