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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 organisational capacity including local NGOs/CBO, professional organisations and government agencies and institutions. Before joining HakiElimu in May 2015, he was working with Save the Children International as the Program Operations Director a role that he served for the previous six years. John holds a Master of Education for Sustainability from London South Bank University and BA Economics from the University of Dar es 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
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.
Board Member / Board Chair
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.