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Our Staff

Leadership & Quality Assurance Department

Dr. John Kalage

Executive Director

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

Godfrey Boniventura

Head of Programs

Godfrey is a holder of B.A. and M.A. Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam. He has over 14 years of experience in Programme Development and Implementation, Policy Analysis and Advocacy, Partnership Management and Organizational Development, as well as 9 years of experience in senior management. He is an accredited Convener of the Budget Working Group Tanzania, hosted by the Policy Forum to advance policy and budget advocacy in Tanzania (2012-2017), a Country Lead of Regional Education Learning Initiative (2018-2020), Chairman of the Board of Trustee of Center of Behavioral Studies-University of Dar es Salaam (2019 to date), Board member of School of Spatial Planning and Social Science-Ardhi University (2020 to date).

Dr. Ellen Otaru

Quality Assurance Coordinator

A holder of  M.A.  International Relations and a Ph.D. Political Science and Problems of Global Development from the Kyiv State University (Ukraine) and numerous Professional diplomas and Certificates, Ellen has international and multi-cultural exposure, and more than 18 years of experience in the corporate and development industry, such as ZK Advertising, Celtel, Precision Air Services, Save the Children, ILO, Benjamin Mkapa Foundation among others, where she managed projects related to leadership and good governance, advertising, communications, education, entrepreneurship, social justice, health including sexual and reproductive health and rights, gender equality, child rights, child safeguarding and protection in Tanzania, EAC and the SADC States. She also spearheaded CSR and Advocacy Projects in international and national organizations. Ellen sits on several Boards as a Director.

Emma Munslow

Programme Development and Funding Manager

Emma is an international development professional with ten years’ experience in the sector, including five years as a senior team member in local NGOs.  Emma’s international engagements have resulted in Grants Portfolio growth from a  broad spectrum of donors, including DFID, Sida, GAC, USAID, EC, MasterCard Foundation, Ford Foundation, and Comic Relief. She has a  MA from UCL in Education, Gender, and International Development. She is interested in issues of education, gender, sexual and reproductive health and rights, youth engagement, and civic participation.

Dr. Wilberforce E. Meena


Has vast experience as a college tutor, lecturer, and curriculum developer.  He has been involved in various innovative research projects including Integrated Post-Primary Education (IPPE), School Readiness Programme (SRP), and Action Learning Approach for pre-primary teacher professional development. He has presented at local and international conferences on the topics of curriculum and teacher education.  His recent publication is a co-edited book on Basic Education Alignment for Industrial Economy in Tanzania.   His research interests include curriculum development, teachers

Benedicta Mrema

Program Officer- Regional Education Learning Initiative (RELI)

Benedicta holds a B.A. Public Relations and Advertising from the University of Dar es Salaam, and Certificates in Critical Writing for Change, Budget, and Accountability as well as  Monitoring and Evaluation from MS

Lilyan Omary

Executive Directors Secretary

Lilyan is a trained and experienced Secretary in Administration and Office Management, with a Diploma in Secretarial Services and a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Social Work, Dar es Salaam.

Media Engagement and Advocacy Department

Elisante Kitulo


A Human Rights Lawyer and Development Communications Expert with over ten (10) years experience in Human Rights and Media Engagement, Elisante joined HakiElimu in 2011 as a Policy Analysis and Advocacy Volunteer. He leads the design process and development of Media Campaigns for Advocacy,  Behaviour Change, Gender, Child Protection, Citizen Mobilization for social change interventions in schools, as well as Programme/Project Planning and Management. Elisante has attended local and international training on Media and Communication, Human Rights, Policy Analysis and Advocacy, Civic Leadership, Gender, and Child Protection. 

Abraham Lazaro

Programme Officer

Abraham is a Human Rights Activist, with 10 years of professional experience in using traditional and emerging digital media platforms for social change. He is a holder of an M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Dar- es- Salaam, Advocacy and Project Planning & Management Certificates from Coady International Institute at St. Xavier University and MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation in Eastern and Southern Africa respectively. Abraham enjoys social networking and traveling.


Alinanuswe Kasyele

Programme Officer

A next-generation Film Producer, Writer, and Director of short films, programs, documentaries,  commercials, and advertisements for TV, Alinanuswe holds a B.A. Fine and Performing Arts (specializing in Film and Theatre Arts) from the University of Dar es Salaam. He has more than 10 years of experience in creating and producing successful TV and Radio documentaries, TV Programmes, TV/Radio Commercials, and short films for NGOs, companies, and international organizations in  East African  Countries.

Elvis Mkera

Programme Officer

Elvis is a holder of BSc in Mediated Content Development from the University of Dodoma, with over 5 years of experience in graphics design, website development, content development, the use of ICT for pedagogical development, and developing technology solutions for the e-learning processes. Elvis joined HakiElimu in 2020. Before joining HakiElimu, Elvis worked as an Instructional Designer and E-learning Specialist  at the Open University of Tanzania. 

Community Engagement and Action Department

Pius Makomelelo


Pius is a holder of M.Sc.  Poverty Reduction and Development Management from the University of Birmingham (UK) and B.A. in Sociology from the University of Dar es Salaam. Since joining HakiElimu in 2004, he pioneered the “Friends of Education” Movement, which now has over 40,000 members across the country.

Naomi Mwakilembe

Programme Officer

Naomi is a holder of M.Sc. Development Policy from the Mzumbe University, Tanzania. She joined the Organisation in 2009, to enhance the capacity of “Friends of Education

Research Innovation and Policy Analysis Department

Mwemezi Makumba


Social Sectoral Policy Analyst. Makumba is a holder of LLB from the Law School of Tanzania & The Tumaini University.  responsible for  Research, Public Policy, and Budget Analysis in the Education, Health, Agriculture, and Water Services Sectors. Makumba has more than 8 years of experience in building organizational capacity, analysis, and tracking of public finance, public policy, accountability, strategic planning, as well as communication strategies and program designing. He has conducted several qualitative and quantitative studies. His areas of interest include social, economic, political, and development challenges of contemporary Tanzanian and African societies.


Rose Kalage

Programme Officer

A Sociologist, Rose has M.A. in Anthropology from the University of Nairobi. She has more than ten years

Monitoring Evaluation Accountability and Learning Department

Robert J. Kindoli


Robert is a holder of B.A. Sociology from the University of Dar es Salaam and M.Sc. Development Policy & Practice for Civil Society from the Bradford University (UK). He has more than 10 years of experience working in local and international organizations, designing and implementing Surveys and Special Studies, M&E Systems, Data Collection and Management, Analysis, Visualization, and Documentation of Best Practices and Lessons Learned.

Support Services, Admin and Finance Department

CPA Peter Letema


Peter is a holder of M.Sc. Economics and Finance for Development from the University of Bradford (UK), and B. Com- Finance (Hons) from the University of Dar es Salaam. He has over 10 years of experience in Grants Management, Compliance, and Reporting. His expertise and experience gained from NSFF, Williamson Diamond Mining Company, and other NGOs, contribute to the Core Funds and Project Funds unmatched performance and expectations by the Development Partners. Peter is a certified Public Accountant (CPA) registered at The Tanzania National Board of accounting and auditors (NBAA).

Frederick Rwehumbiza

Administrative Officer -Procurement

Fred holds an M.Sc. Procurement and Supply Chain Management from the Mzumbe University Dar es Salaam Business School, and a B.A. Business Administration from the Tumaini University Dar es Salaam College. Fred has vast experience in various disciplines including management, sales, marketing, and administration and this contributes to his excellence in the procurement and management of assets, as well as all logistic issues for the Programme and Management team. 

Esther K. Mashoto

Assistant Accountant

Esther is a registered NBAA member under module E (2008) and holds an M.Sc. Accounting and Finance (Mzumbe University, Dar es Salaam). She also has an Advanced Diploma in Accountancy from Tanzania Institute of Accountancy and has attended short professional courses in Taxation and Accountancy.

Rosemary Mwenda


Former Personal Secretary, Media and Advocacy Programme Assistant -Rosemary has experience and skills in secretarial, administration, media monitoring, and library issues. She holds a Diploma in Full Secretarial.

David Kagondi

Storekeeper Cum Driver

David has a Fitter Mechanic Grade III Certificate. He also supports the team when traveling to the Programme Districts.

Sylvand Jeremiah


Certified Driver from the National Institute of Transport (NIT).

Joel Zebedayo

Security Guard Cum Driver

Joel is a driver and also responsible for the safety and security of HakiElimu premises.

Regina Monarya

Cleaner and Office Attendant

Regina is responsible for office hygiene.

Yona Leng’anda

Cleaner and Office Attendant

Yona is responsible for office hygiene and administration.

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