• Mr. Francis Joseph Kwimbere - Managing Director, Brithol Michcoma Company (Tanzania) Limited

    Francis_J_KwimbereMr. Francis Joseph Kwimbere, is Managing Director of Brithol Michcoma Company (Tanzania) Limited, which he joined in 1989 as Branch General Manager. Prior to this he worked at the University of Dar es Salaam as Senior Management Officer responsible for budgeting and financial control matters (1982-1985); Bank of Tanzania as Bank Official responsible for processing applications and related exchange control department activities (1976 – 1978); and with the National Printing Company Ltd as Internal Auditor-cum-Planning Officer (1981 – 1982). He holds a Master of Business Administration (1987) from the University of Bath, U.K, and a Bachelor of Commerce (1981) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He has also attended short courses in internal auditing (April 1981) and in cost benefit analysis (May 1981) at the Institute of Finance Management in Dar es Salaam, as well as seminars in marketing (1994 & 1997 organized by MINOLTA), in product promotion (1994, organised by RISO Pty South Africa Ltd), and in management (1998 organized by Japanese – Tanzania Association, Dar es Salaam). Francis is a Member of Rotary International and has led a number of voluntary organizations for community development. His main hobby is reading. Francis is married and has three children.

  • Mrs. Hildegard Aloyce Mziray, Total Tanzania

    hildegardeMrs. Hildegard Aloyce Mziray served for 20 years in the Finance Department of Total Tanzania Ltd, rising through a male dominated corporation, from Chief Accountant (8yrs) to Finance Manager (12yrs), before assuming other responsibilities in human resources, purchasing, and legal matters. Hilda is a Chairperson of Tender Committee, Acting Secretary of the Board of Directors and Contact Person on Employee Shareholding Scheme with the TOTAL GROUP. From 2002 to 2004, she was Contact Person on OM Plus, a major restructuring scheme on work methods for TOTAL Overseas. Hilda was also instrumental in TOTAL’s Y2K preparation. Hilda has a BA in Accountancy from University of Dar-Es-Salaam (1976). She is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), the National Board of Accountants & Auditors (NBAA), and a member of a Tanzania Association of Accountants (TAA). Privately, Hilda owns and operates St. Valentine Elite Academy, an English Medium private school at Mbezi Beach in Dar-es-Salaam, which she established in 1995. The objective of this project is to offer quality education at the primary school level. The school is ranked among the top ten in excellence for class seven national examination results, out of over 100 primary schools in the Dar-es-Salaam Region for the years 2001, 2002, and 2004. Hilda’s involvement in community services include; Committee Member and Honorary Secretary of ACCA – Tanzania Chapter; Executive Committee member with the Association of Tanzania Employers for the Fuel Sector; One of the five Directors of the Tanzania AMC Limited – promoters of Wananchi Fund, an empowerment project; Former Committee Member for Membership Admission with NBAA (1999-2002); Committee Member for Education and Training (1996-1998), Setter, Moderator and Marker of NBAA examinations (1976-1985); Chairperson of Small Christian Community of Ada Estate (2001-todate); Treasurer of St. Peter’s Church Oyster Bay (2002-todate); Treasurer of the Lay Community of the Archdiocese of Dar-es-Salaam. Hilda is married and has one daughter.

  • Mr. Mahmoud Thabit Kombo, MP

    komboMr. Mahmoud Thabit Kombo, is an ICT and Telecommunications Consultant in Tanzania. Mr. Kombo is widely experienced in the ICT arena both in networking, including hardware and database design, systems design, and on the software solutions side. Mr. Kombo worked on a number of ICT and telecommunications projects in Tanzania including in the GSM and PSTN transmission arena, voice compression systems, fiber optics network designs, disaster management systems design and databases. He has worked with the Prime Minister’s Office and many as a Consultant. Mr. Kombo recently won an IDESA award for his innovations of the Disaster Network Management Information Systems Design, which has earned him a reputation in both the local and international industry through SIDA (Swedish International Development Agency) award scheme. Mr. Kombo was previously Business Operations Manager with ZANTEL, one of the telecommunication companies providing both cellular and fixed line networking services in Tanzania. Before joining ZANTEL he worked with Datel Tanzania Ltd. as a Commercial & Marketing Manager from 1996-1998. Mr. Kombo also briefly worked with the President’s Office of the United Republic of Tanzania as Government Principal Information Systems Analyst prior to transfer to Zantel. Mahmoud Kombo holds a Master of Science degree and a post-graduate diploma in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Sunderland (1996), and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Computing from the same university (1995). He is well versed in computer science/software engineering designs and modules, and business administration modules. Apart from the above qualifications, Mr. Kombo has attended several telecommunication certification courses including networking courses and senior management courses. Mr. Kombo has held managerial positions and Project Management positions since 1996 until the time he became a Consultant.

  • Zuhura Muro - Managing Director and founding shareholder,Kazi Services Limited

    zuhuraZuhura is currently a Managing Director and founding shareholder of Kazi Services Limited a private consulting firm operating as  a Business Development Services (BDS) provider with special focus in recruitment, employees supply and management, payroll administration, management consultancy, training  and organisational development. She is also a shareholder and executive director of Arusha Modern Schools Limited a private school in Arusha which offers primary and secondary level education services. Zuhura has rich experience in HR processes and audit including designing, carrying out and supervising various specialized HR projects. She also has hands on experience in organizational development, institutional review, strategic planning, and specialized corporate training services. She has more than 10 years experience in managing consultants’ team tracing back to 1996 when she was the Director of Business Development Services of FAIDA consultancy firm under the Netherlands Development Organization.  Before founding her own consulting firm, she spent more that 5 years (2001 – 2007) with Celtel Tanzania Limited (now trading as Zain) as the Head of Human resources. During this period she built the Human Resources Department from scratch to a strong and credible business partner contributing to fast growth from 5th entrants in the market to a strong number 2 in 3 years. She also provided support to other companies operating and the then Celtel International Group; Mobitel Sudan 2004-2005 and Celtel Uganda.   Zuhura is one of the founding trustees of Africa Leadership Initiative –East Africa Foundation and is currently serving as its Board Secretary.  She also serves as a board member of Mwananchi Communication , and Board Secretary of Arusha Modern Schools Limited and Taslim Education Services Limited. Zuhura is married to Walter P.P. Muro and blessed with two sons. She lives and works in Dar es Salaam.

  • Mr. Bart Kakooza - Founder, Mediaplus Uganda

    bartSince 1996, Mr. Bart Kakooza has run his own television production company and independent television news agency, Media Plus.Media Plus has a countrywide network employing 23 reporters and serving three television stations, namely LTV, CTV and TV Africa. He is currently a Ugandan contributor for CNN World Report. He has also been involved in covering the civil war in Congo, and is currently planning a project to start his own television station. Academically, Bart holds a BA (Lit) degree from Makerere University, Kampala (1985). Professionally, he has been trained in journalism (Diploma in Journalism from Institute of Public Administration, 1988); video production (Certificate in Video Production Techniques from Leeds Polytechnic, UK – 1989) and in television (Certificate in Television Production, from UNESCO 1991 & Certificate in Television News Production from CNN Centre, Atlanta, Georgia, USA – 1996). Before founding Media Plus, Bart was employed by Uganda Television from 1986 to 1995 as a TV Producer. At the same time he freelanced for BBC, CFI and Viz News. He was involved in various independent productions on the genocide and war in Rwanda, HIV/AIDS in Uganda, as well as in the civil wars in Uganda and southern Sudan. Bart is separated and has two children. He is an ardent sportsman in martial arts (Taekondo Blue Belt) and swimming.

  • Dr. Margaret Jean Kigozi - Consultant, UNIDO

    maggieDr. Margaret Jean Kigozi has a degree in medicine from Makerere University. She practiced in Uganda, Zambia, and Kenya before joining the private sector as Marketing Director in Crown Bottlers (Pepsi) Ltd in 1994. She was appointed Board Member of Uganda Manufacturers Association and played a key role as Chairperson of the Sector Committee in advising the Government on private sector friendly policies. In 1999 she was appointed Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA), a one-stop centre for investment processing. This is the government body that promotes and facilitates investors in Uganda. Since joining UIA two years ago she has revamped the organization to give it a very positive image. Both foreign and domestic investments have continued to increase, and UIA won the Corporate Location Prize for the best Investment Promotion Agency in Africa and the Middle East. Dr. Kigozi is Chancellor of Nkumba University, Board member of Uganda Export Promotion Board, Chief Commissioner to the Uganda Scouts Association, Patron to the Uganda Change Agents, and a member of the UN Financing for Development Group and the OECD Africa Business Roundtable. She is also the Secretary to the Uganda Presidential investor Roundtable. Dr. Kigozi is an ardent sports woman – she has represented Uganda in table tennis, lawn tennis, squash and hockey.

  • Mariam Luyombo - Founder, Taibah Schools'

    Mariam_LuyomboMrs. Mariam Luyombo is Executive Director of Uganda Women Entrepreneurs Association (UWEAL) and Founder/Director-in-Charge of  Taibah Schools’ Management Systems. UWEAL provides entrepreneurship training & development, as well as business advisory and counseling services. Her role at Taibah Schools involves working with the school’s head teachers to ensure that vision statements are implemented. Mariam founded the first school (Taibah High School, Kampala) in 1991. She then founded three other schools (Silver Spoon day Care Centre, Kampala, 1996; Taibah Junior School, Entebbe Road, 1998; and Taibah College School, Entebbe Road, 2000) within a period of 10 years. Mariam is a seasoned teacher, having worked as a secondary school teacher at Makerere College School Kampala from 1987 to 1988 and as secondary school teacher, as well as head of counseling, at St Joseph’s Secondary School Nsambya, Kampala, from 1988 to 1990. All her four schools are among the highly rated private schools in Uganda, drawing students from the East African Great Lakes Region as well as students of Ugandan origin from Europe and USA. Ms. Luyombo’s academic qualifications include a Masters degree in Education from Makerere University (1997) and a Bachelors degree in Education from the same University (1985). She has also undertaken several short courses in Uganda and USA to sharpen her skills in education development, school administration, financial management, business management, entrepreneurship development, and customer service (1996-1999). Mariam has worn three awards for achievements: First National Enterprise Award for Young Women Entrepreneurs by Rotary Club & New Vision (1995); Namagunga Old Girls’ Association (NOGA) Award of Recognition of Achievement (1998); and Certificate of Recognition for Championing Educational Change in Uganda by Uganda Investment Authority (2001). She also holds professional membership: Member of Kampala Private School Association; Vice-Chairperson Board of Trustees of Uganda Cultural Centre, and Member of Board, Aga Khan Foundation Uganda. Mariam is married and has three children.

  • Mr. Elkanah Odembo - Founding Director, Ufadhili Trust

    elkanahMr. Odembo was the founding director of Ufadhili Trust (Centre for Philanthropy and Social Responsibility), a Kenyan institution that seeks to promote the spirit of giving, philanthropy, and the use of local resources to improve people’s lives through corporate social responsibility, cross-sector partnership, technical assistance and policy research.

    Prior to joining Ufadhili, Mr. Odembo served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation’s Coordinator of Africa Philanthropy Initiative; the East Africa Representative for World Neighbors; and as Research Officer for the African Medical Research Foundation. He was also Chairman of the Kenya Community Development Foundation, lead facilitator for the Kenya Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper Consultation Process, and a member of the selection committee for the UNDP Africa 2000 Project. He was also founding member of the NGO Coalition for East Africa, a member of the National Advisory Committee for Health Research, a member of the NGO Co-ordination Board of Kenya, Chairperson of the Kenya National Council of Non-Governmental Organizations, and member of the National Committee for Social Dimensions of Development.

    In addition to being ALI-EAs Fellow, Mr. Odembo is Synergos Senior Fellows.

    Mr. Odembo has a Bachelors degree in Biology and Sociology from Bowdoin College, and a Masters degree in Community Health (Epidemiology) from the University of Texas.

    He previously served as Kenya’s Ambassador to USA and France.

  • Mrs. Catherine Wanjiru Ngahu - Founder and Managing Director of SBO Research, Kenya

    Catherine-Ngahu-Executive-Chairperson-of-SBO-Research-202x202Mrs. Catherine Wanjiru Ngahu is the founder and Managing Director of Strategic Business Options Ltd, a market research agency.She has over 20 years experience in enterprise development, marketing research, and training. She has designed and implemented numerous marketing research projects, customer service surveys, workshops and training seminars. She has also published extensively in the areas of technology policy, customer satisfaction, and quality issues. Catherine has wide experience in leading, coordinating and motivating teams in conducting surveys for a range of private and public sector organizations in East Africa and in the Horn of Africa. Academically, Catherine holds a Bachelor of Education (Business Studies) degree (First Class Honours) from Kenyatta University (1985) and a Masters in Business Administration from University of Nairobi (1987). She was also a Business Research Fellow of Wharton Business School, University of Pennsylvania, USA (1992-1993), and is currently pursuing PhD studies in Organizational Management at the University of Nairobi. She has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Nairobi, Department of Business Administration in the Faculty of Commerce for over 10 years (1988-2000). She lectures in Customer Behaviour, Marketing Research, Marketing Strategy and Entrepreneurship. She has great interest in private sector development as a vehicle to enhance national competitiveness. Catherine has also done extensive consulting work for various organizations, including African Project Development Facility (APDF), Nairobi Central Business District Association (NCBDA), Family Planning Association of Kenya (2001), Department for International Development (DFID/Ministry of Agriculture), Family Planning Private Sector (FPPS), CARE Kenya, International Centre for Education & Development – University of Warwick, England, NETWAS/AMREF, UNIFEM/KCB, USAID/HRDA, USA, ILO/UNDP, and Kenya Power & Lighting Company. Catherine serves on the Board of Kenya Women Finance Trust (KWFT), a micro finance organization that gives financial credit to women engaged in small businesses. She is also involved in fund raising for training and community mobilization of KWFT’s Village Banks Project. She is keenly interested in promoting entrepreneurship among women as a means for economic empowerment.

  • Gavin J.Bell - General Manager, Kuku Foods Kenya Ltd

    gavinKuku Foods Kenya is the Franchisee for Kentucky Fried Chicken© (KFC©), responsible for the development of the KFC franchise in Kenya as well as ensuring the local supply chain is developed to Yum Brands audit standards; including operations, administration and business development of KFC. Previously he served as the Chief Executive Officer of African Franchise Partners consultancy, involved in the development of franchising in Kenya as the BDS provider for the Kenya Franchise Association, establishing franchise systems for National brands and promotion of the franchise industry through media campaigns, training, seminars, surveys and studies. He was also the Managing Director and co-founding proprietor of Kengele’s Management Group (KMG) – a fast growing franchise chain of restaurants and enterprises including: Kengele’s Bar & Restaurants© and Kula Korner© restaurant brands; a merchandising division; a hospitality consulting division; ‘Gateway to Hospitality’© internship & training division; and KMG contract and industrial catering divisions. His past working experience include senior management positions in the hospitality industry with Windsor Hotels / Conservation Corporation Africa.

    He has also served as Duty Manager, Sheraton Park Towers Hotel, London. He has lectured at Strathmore Business School, the UNDP YES-MSE Program on Entrepreneurship and Franchising; as well as at Kenya Utalii College on Strategic Management (specialising in franchising and competitive analysis in the hospitality industry. Gavin’s industry involvement is extensive having been Director of Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers & Caterers (KAHC); Founding-Chairman of Restaurant Division of KAHC; Founding-Chairman of Kenya Franchise Association; Committee member of Kenya Chapter of the Chaîne des Rôtisseurs; Board member of NightGuard, Uganda – a Malaria-eradication program through franchised IRS centres; member of Kenya Wine & Food Society and member of Kenya Private Sector Foundation, Resource person for the Joint Africa Institute (AfDB/ IMF/ World Bank) on Franchising in Africa; and Franchise Brand development. He is a regular contributor to Business Daily – a business newspaper in Kenya, and several hospitality journals, as well as a regular media consultant on franchising, entrepreneurship and hospitality issues.

  • Mr. Linus Wang'ombe Gitahi - Chief Executive Officer, Nation Media Group Limited

    linusMr.  Linus Gitahi holds an MBA from USIU and a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) from the University of Nairobi. He was appointed the Group Chief Executive Officer on November 1st, 2006 and to the Board in December 2006.

    Linus previously worked with a leading pharmaceutical company as Managing Director based in Nigeria. He is Director of the Group’s subsidiary companies, Equity bank and Property Development and Management Limited. Mr Gitahi serves on the Strategic Planning, the Editorial and the Nominations Committees.

    He is also a member of the board of Federation of Kenya employers and fellow of the Kenya institute of management  and ALI-EA-Foundation

  • Palkesh Shah - Executive Director, Spin Ventures Group (SVG)

    shahMr. Palkesh J S Shah is one of a group of Senior Executives of Spin Knit group of companies (East and central Africa). These executives have been in the manufacturing sector in Textiles, Plastics and Dairy Processing. His collaboration with TechnoServe in setting up a farmer-owned cooling plant demonstrates a sense of social responsibility that is business directed and sustaining. He holds a BSc degree in Business Management (1988) from New Hampshire College, London Campus. He has also been instrumental in the successful growth of Spin Knit Dairy Ltd. in becoming the largest dairy in Kenya within a period of three years. Palkesh is married and has two children. His hobbies are mainly sport – Golf, tennis, cricket, badminton, table tennis and swimming. He also takes part in social events and helps in social organizations. He also has a passion for Trees and the environment that has led him to embark on an ambitious tree project to grow 100,000 trees per year under his ALI project.