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Board Member / Executive Director
John has more than 20 years of professional experience in increasingly senior management roles in International NGOs. He has extensive experience in strategic management; financial and human resources management; designing and managing quality programmes and in securing and managing multimillion dollar grants. John has proven ability in advocacy and policy engagement as well as ability to build and develop organizational capacity including local NGOs/CBO, professional organizations and government agencies and institutions. Before joining HakiElimu in May 2015, John was working with Save the Children International as the Program Operations Director the role that he saved for the last six years. John holds a Master of Education for Sustainability from London South Bank University and BA Economics from the University of Dare s salaam Tanzania.
Hellen Kijo Bisimba
Founder / Board Member
Dr. Helen Kijo-Bisimba is a distinguished human rights activist, defender, and current Executive Director of the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC). 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 Masters of Law degree s (LLM), in 1994.
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.
Founder / Board Member
Jeff is a founder member of HakiElimu since its establishment in 2001. He joined the secretariat and management team to work as a manager of Community Governance and later Research and Policy Analysis. Prior to HakiElimu, Jeff worked with International Labour Organisation (ILO) and later on with Danish Association for Development Cooperation (MS-Tanzania). In April 2004, Jeff established a consultancy and development Organisation-Ubunifu Associates and became its first Executive Director.
Jeff holds an Advanced Diploma in Livestock Management, Diploma in Community Programme Management and Masters Degree in International Relations and Development Studies.
Founder / Board Member / Board Chair
Martha Qorro is an Associate Professor in the Centre for Communication Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam. She obtained her Doctoral Degree titled ‘A Qualitative Study of the Teaching and learning of Writing in Tanzania Secondary Schools in relation to the Writing Requirements of Tertiary Education’, at the University of Dar es Salaam in 1999. She and Dr. Zaline Roy-Campbell conducted A Survey on Students’ Reading Competence in English in Tanzania Secondary Schools from 1986 – 1987 and later the two co-authored a book on Language Crisis in Tanzania: The Myth of English versus Education, published by Mkuki na Nyota in 1997. Martha Qorro was in the Editorial Team of the LOITASA project and she took part in co-editing seven LOITASA books between 2002 to 2012 that were published under the project. She was also the Dean of Students at the University of Dar es Salaam; and the Acting Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam between 2013 and 2014. Her research interests are: Language in education, and language in society, Children’s writing. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Peter Maduki is a teacher by profession with vast experience in education management, community development and humanitarian services as well as management in general. In addition, he has experience in managing interfaith programmes related to the provision of social services, enhancing governance and peace building. He gained the experiences through studies and managing organisations related to the aforementioned areas as well as being member of national and international boards. He has M.A in Education from the University of Dar-es Salaam. He worked with Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC) as the Executive Secretary of Education Department and Caritas Tanzania. Nationally, he has been a member of boards/councils of Vocational Education and Training and National Examination Council ofTanzania (NECTA). Internationally, he was member of Board of Catholic Education (Brussels), Humanitarian Advisory Council of Caritas Internationalis (Vatican-Italy) and Emergency Management Team of Caritas Africa. Currently, is the Executive Director of Christian Social Services Commission (CSSC), a memberof the Council of Tanzania Institute of Education (TIE) and board members of HakiElimu.
Elinisaidie is a Certified Public Accountant in Public Practice and holds a Degree in Finance Management. He is a member of the National Board of Accountants and Auditors of Tanzania, Institute of Internal Auditors, Institute Directors Tanzania and The Tanzania Institute of Bankers. Elinisaidie was a Senior Manager with KPMG East Africa responsible for the development of the Public Sector and Development line of business in Tanzania until 31 May 2005, when he joined HLB MEKONSULT as one of the founder partners. He has strong background and extensive experience in accounting, auditing, consulting and investment advisory services accumulated over the eighteen-year period he has been in Public Practice as well as investment management. He has working experience in Tanzania, Kenya and Malawi. After successful establishment of HLB MEKONSULT, he then established LJK Group of companies in 2009. The group manages investments in various sectors including microfinance, insurance, Credit Management and debt collection, procurement and supplies, real estate and property management, agriculture and forestry.
Rustica Tembele holds an MA in Development Studies as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Communication Policy and Planning for Development.
She has over 20 years of experience in development projects in Tanzania, specialising in Project management, Capacity building, Good governance, as well as Monitoring and Evaluation.
She has been involved in different feasibility studies and in proposing mitigating measures mainly for hydropower projects.
Tembele was a Director for National Response at TACAIDS for over 10 years coordinating all non-medical HIV/AIDS programmes and interventions at national, regional and district levels of mainland Tanzania.
She is currently a Senior Advisor on SRHR for GIZ/evaplan and also provides technical support to the Non State Actors who are representatives to the Tanzania National Coordinating Mechanism (TNCM). Tembele is also the CEO for Tanzania Socio Economic Development Forum (TASDEF) which serves by undertaking a series of consultancy services in all social, economic, education and health programs.