Esther MutaniTanzania (Org: Heifer International)
Esther Mutani is currently working as an Assistant Director of Finance for Heifer International Tanzania since June 2019. In this role she is responsible for coordinating operational planning and budgeting, preparing organizational financial reports, and assisting and maintaining strong internal financial controls. Prior to this, she served as the Senior Finance and Administration Officer for South West Cluster and North East Zone in Heifer Tanzania since January 2008. Thereafter, she worked as a Senior Accountant through May 2019 in the country program’s head office. While serving in various positions, Esther acquired vast experience in working with various donors, such as American Red Cross, Starbucks Foundation, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USAID, EU, MasterCard Foundation, VSF Belgium, and Winrock International. Esther is very passionate about accounting and financial management, and trained and supported the Heifer Tanzania Finance team in this area, especially on the ERP Accounting System. While working with Heifer International, she participated in the co-mentoring program and provided capacity building on the internal review and planning exercises. She also supported the current ERP accounting system with Heifer Uganda, Heifer Kenya, Heifer Zambia, Heifer Malawi, and Heifer Zimbabwe, on-site and remotely. Esther is a strong believer in Heifer International’s mission, which is “to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.”
Godfrey MassayTanzania (Org: Landesa)
Godfrey Massay is a land rights lawyer and currently works as a land tenure specialist for Tanzania with Landesa, a global nonprofit organization that partners with governments and local organizations to secure legal land rights for the world’s poorest families. The scope of his work is diverse which includes identifying, supporting, and collaborating with a multi-sectoral group of key stakeholders at the local, sub-national and national level on: (a) the importance of women’s and men’s land rights in Tanzania, (b) the goals of the UN 2030 Agenda, and (c) the need to rigorously monitor progress towards the achievement of women’s and men’s land rights. He previously worked with Tanzania Natural Resource Forum and Hakiardhi, premier natural resource and land rights organizations based in Tanzania. He has written and published numerous journal articles and book chapters in both local and international journals. Most of his works have looked at the theoretical legal frameworks and the practice on the ground in different themes of land tenure as well as the social movements underpinning the agrarian change in Tanzania. His research interests are land tenure reforms, land-based investments, agrarian issues, and gender. Mr. Massay holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B Hons) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and is based in Arusha.
Phelisters Marwa is a public health care professional with six years of experience in the Health Sector at the Ministry of Health Tanzania, Quality Assurance Department. She is a volunteer and the founder of Rural Women Empowerment Tanzania — a platform to empower rural women. Phelisters holds a Master’s degree in Public Health and an MBA, both from Beijing, China. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Kilimanjaro Christian Medical University and she completed a short course on Monitoring and Evaluation in collaboration with Boston University, Giesel School of Medicine, Muhimbili University. She has revised implementable guidelines in the ministry as National Trainer of trainees. She has also helped to improve health care delivery in rural areas by training health care workers in health facility assessment and quality improvement development plans. She has worked as a volunteer and research fellow in projects with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Johns Hopkins (JHPIEGO), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF, FHI360, Pharm access International, Intra health, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH), etc. Phelisters is also a team-leading volunteer and member of Youth of United Nations Association of Tanzania with members in schools and universities across the country; with over 35,000 members in Secondary Schools through 200 UN clubs and 35 UN chapters in universities. It is an important learning platform for young people to practice diplomacy, negotiate and implement nations’ international policies. It is a platform for innovative professionals to use their skills to create value and contribute to development by developing strong leadership, teamwork, and management skills. Phelisters is passionate about women empowerment, volunteerism, youth leadership, and development.
Aikande Robert NkyaTanzania
Aikande Robert Nkya has seven years of experience in non-governmental organizations focusing on empowering Tanzanian youth, particularly women and girls. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Community Economic Development from Moshi Cooperative University. Her current role is as the Kisa Program Manager for AfricAid, which was transformed into Girls Livelihood and Mentorship Initiatives. GLAMI provided leadership and life skills classes to 6,000 secondary school girls in Arusha and Kilimanjaro in 2020. She has extensive experience with fundraising and event planning and recently started an NGO, Nguzo Women and Youth Foundation, where she is the Associate Executive Director. The NGO imparts knowledge, specifically on reproductive health, counseling sessions, and entrepreneurial information, to boys and girls who are both in school and out of school. The goal is to improve primary school performance and access to economic opportunities. Her other non-profit experience includes serving as a Board Member for multiple NGOs in Kilimanjaro, working for Time to Empower Africa’s Children (now called Anza), and holding a role in program coordination at Training for Life, where she oversaw the residential program for youths. She is a Mama Hope International Organization East Africa Global Advocate Alumna, where she presented at its Alumni Conference in San Francisco, CA.
Dorice Damian is a committed, results-oriented, and enthusiastic young professional with three years of experience in the community integrated initiatives through the youth-led organization, Sustainable Health Initiative (SHI). Dorice has a degree in Environmental Health Sciences with IT from Ruaha Catholic University in Iringa, Tanzania. As SHI’s Executive Director, since 2019 she has been designing and organizing interventions intended to develop community capacity in Nutrition, WASH, and Sexual and Reproductive Health by using locally available resources. Prior to the foundation of this initiative, as a passionate professional aspiring to make an impact in her community, she volunteered through a collaborative project between the Tanzanian government and NAFAKA. In this role, she served as a nutrition champion by leading radio sessions advocating for the use of fortified food for the reduction of malnutrition rates. She also volunteered for community-based organization Afya Plus Tanzania for two years to improve the menstrual health of young adolescents through hygiene education delivery and provision of sanitary pads. She excels in organizational, coordination, and communication skills, while centering her core principles of accountability in every decision she undertakes. Her compassion for underserved communities is attested by the efforts she has taken to build resilient communities that own their health by utilizing their surrounding local available resources. Dorice is a Mandela Washington Fellow for 2021.