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Our Board

Dr. John Kalage

Board Secretary

The Executive Director and Board Secretary since 2015. 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

Prof. Mwajabu Possi

Board Member

Dr. Vicensia Shule

Board Member

Vicensia Shule is a professor of innovation and creativity at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) and has worked as an independent theatre, film and online content producer with over 20 years of active production globally. She has authored over 30 academic publications in the areas of arts, cultures and creativity. Vicensia Shule has worked as a consultant, analyst, campaign initiator and strategist in civil societies, public and private sectors. For nearly 20 years she has been conducting capacity enhancement trainings at community, national, regional and international levels in the areas of creative communication, arts and cultures, women, politics, education, agriculture, health and tourism. She has also served in various boards of prominent institutions locally, regionally and internationally.

Sylvester Orao

Board Member

Sylvester holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree

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.


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).

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. He has now handed over leadership of TAMASHA to a younger person, and prefers Twitter to newpapers as his tweets reach a much larger audience. He is co-founder and consultant for HerDignity Consult which specialises in gender, youth and education and is trying to concentrate more on writing the many books that whirl round in his head. He is currently writing two novels, one in English and one in Kiswahili.

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