President John Pombe Magufuli Appoints new Board Chair and Vice Chair of the UONGOZI Institute’s Board of Directors

UONGOZI Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Kristiina Kuvaja-Xanthopoulos and Prof. Idris Suleiman Kikula as new Chairperson and new Vice Chairperson, respectively, of the UONGOZI Institute’s Board of Directors. Dr. Kuvaja-Xanthopoulos and Prof. Kikula were appointed by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Dr. John Pombe Magufuli on 15th May, 2018.

Dr. Kristiina Kuvaja-Xanthopoulos

Dr. kristiina-kuvajaDr. Kuvaja-Xanthopoulos is Deputy Director General in the Department for Africa and the Middle East at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Finland.

Dr. Kuvaja-Xanthopoulos has over 20 years’ experience of global development policy and cooperation. She has also worked and conducted research in several countries in Europe, Africa and Asia, both in long- and short-term assignments.


Prof. Idris Suleiman Kikula

Prof. Kikula

Re-appointed last year by the President, Prof. Kikula has been a Member of the UONGOZI Institute’s Board of Directors for over seven years. He was also appointed by President Magufuli in April, 2018 to serve as a Chairman of the newly-established Mining Council of Tanzania.

Prof. Kikula has vast experience in higher education, leadership development and sustainable development. He is well-known for his role as the first Vice Chancellor of the University of Dodoma, from 2007 to early 2018.

Other Members of the UONGOZI Institute’s Board of Directors include Dr. Laurean Ndumbaro, Permanent Secretary, President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance; Dr. Stergomena Tax, Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC); Prof. Penina Mlama, Professor at the University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM); Dr. Cristina Duarte, Former Minister of Finance, Planning and Public Administration – Cape Verde; Ms. Iina Soiri, Director of the Nordic Africa Institute – Sweden; and Mr. David Walker, Former Director of the European School of Administration – United Kingdom.

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