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Our Board

Richard Mabala

Board Chair

Richard Mabala was born British and after graduating as a teacher came to Tanzania as a volunteer and fell in love with the country.  He became a Tanzanian citizen and has taught in secondary schools, teacher colleges and the University of Dar es Salaam.  Finally he decided he was more activist than academic and was founder member of several of Tanzania’s most influential NGOs (for gender and education).  After an eight-year period with UNICEF where he worked to develop and prioritise adolescent programmes, he decided he wanted to go back to working directly with adolescents and young people.  He left UNICEF and joined force with two young people to set up TAMASHA, a youth participatory development centre based in Arusha Tanzania.   Mabala, a fluent Swahili speaker, is also a writer of children’s books, training manuals in life skills, gender and youth development and satirical columns in newspapers.

Prof. Majorie Mbilinyi

Prof. Majorie Mbilinyi

Board Member

Professor Marjorie Mbilinyi is a scholar activist committed to the promotion of gender equity and social justice through policy analysis, writing, organising and mentoring. Marjorie has been actively involved in establishing and leading several civil society organisations and networks, including TGNP Mtandao; Women’s Research and Documentation Project; KIHACHA (Rural Food Security Policy and Development Group); and founder member of HakiElimu; Women Dignity, Tanzania Participatory Research Network and African Participatory Research Networks; and Gender and Economic Reforms in Africa (GERA), Accra. Marjorie has published more than 21 books and reports authored or co-authored and/or edited by herself, 28 journal articles, 36 book chapters, numerous newspaper articles, and papers for public presentation. She taught at University of Dar es Salaam from 1968 to 2003; was the first director of TGNP (1994-96), and later rejoined TGNP as Principal Policy Analyst for ten years. Marjorie studied at Cornell University (BSc Child Development); Stanford University (MA Ed) and University of Dar es Salaam (PhD).

Dr. Hellen Kijo Bisimba

Board Member

Dr. Helen Kijo-Bisimba is a distinguished human rights activist, defender, and former Executive Director of the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC). She is retired and has taken to write books in human rights and editing of books. She holds a PhD in law from the University of Warwick, UK, 2012. Prior to that, Helen went to the University of Dar es Salaam where she graduated in 1985 with a Bachelor of Law degree (LLB) and Master of Law degree (LLM), in 1994. A diploma in Education from the Dar-es-salaam College of Education in 1977. A mother of four, she remains a parent and a teacher to many of her acquaintances, in the human rights regime and in many other pursuits. She has been part and parcel of the making in many organisations as a board member, a researcher, editor, and publisher.

 

Sylvester Orao

Sylvester Orao

Board Member

Dr. Vicensia Shule

Board Member

Victoria is a co-founder, Director and Managing Consultant with People Dynamics Limited (PD) a human resource management consultancy firm established in 2008. PD specialises  in industrial relations, learning and development, selection and recruitment, human resource outsourcing, facilitation and rapporteuring.  Prior to PD, Victoria worked as a consultant and trainer in organizational development, industrial relations, strategic planning, and learning and development. Victoria served as a Director of Human Resources for CRDB Bank in 2008. She joined CRDB Bank from Citibank Tanzania Limited where she worked as Head of Human Resources. 

Victoria also served as the Chief Executive Officer Roundtable (CEOrt) in 2013 and currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Africa Leadership Initiative East Africa Foundation Limited (ALI EAF) and the Advisory Board of Music Mayday Tanzania.  She is a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative (ALI) East Africa Foundation and the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Victoria earned a Masters Degree of Arts in International Affairs from Drew University, New Jersey (U.S.A.), a Bachelor of Arts from Marymount College, Tarrytown (U.S.A.) and a Postgraduate Diploma (Law, Mediation and Arbitration) from the Institute of Social Work, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania). Victoria attained the Professional in Human Resources (PHR) Certification from the Human Resource Certification Institute of the Society of Human Resource, U.S.A. in June 2008.

Prof. Mwajabu Possi

Prof. Mwajabu Possi

Board Member

Dr. John Kalage

Board Secretary

Since May 2015 (3rd since inception). John has more than 26 years of professional experience in senior strategic management roles in local and international NGOs having worked in Tanzania, Belgium, South Africa and Zambia, that is 6 years as the Director of Programme Operations at Save the Children International, Tanzania Office, 3 years as Country Director for  Student Partnership Worldwide (SPW) in Zambia and South Africa, 2 years Deputy Country Director for SPW Tanzania, and over ten years with World Vision International in different capacities, in Tanzania and Brussels.

John is a holder of the MSc Education for Sustainability from the London South Bank University (UK), B.A. Economics from the University of Dar es salaam, PhD. Business Administration (DBA – Honoris Causa) of the Commonwealth University.  He is a Board Chairperson for the Tanzania Education Network (TEN/MET), Board Member for The Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA), Railway Children Africa, Light for the World Belgium (Tanzania) and St Joseph Cathedral High School. He is also a member of the Governing Council of St John’s University of Tanzania, a member of Convocation Executive Committee of the University of Dar es Salaam, and also was a cluster leader of the Accountability for the Right to Education cluster of the Eastern and Central Africa Regional Education Learning Initiative (RELI) established in 2017.

John has offered invaluable contribution shaping government policies and strengthening different institutions for effective governance, leadership and programmes delivery for impact achievements, has facilitated leadership and management international trainings and has written/edited a number of publications .

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