The new Board of Directors for UONGOZI Institute has been inaugurated today at a brief ceremony, officiated by the Minister of State, President’s Office – Public Service Management and Good Governance, Hon. Mohamed Mchengerwa (MP).
This is the third Board for the Institute since its inception in 2010. Appointed on 13 May 2021 by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, the new and diverse Board consists of nine directors who are well-experienced in the aspects of sustainable development, public policy and administration, education, economics and finance, and international relations.
It has Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax (Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community – SADC) and Dr. Laurean Ndumbaro (Permanent Secretary of the President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance) as chairperson and vice-chairperson, respectively. Other directors include H.E. Riitta Swan, Ambassador of Finland in Tanzania; Prof. Penina Mlama, Professor at the University of Dar es Salaam; Ms. Iina Soiri, Senior Specialist at the Embassy of Finland in Pretoria, South Africa; Mr. David Walker, former Director of the European School of Administration, Belgium; Ms. Susan Mlawi, former Permanent Secretary; Dr. Hamisi Mwinyimvua, former Permanent Secretary; and Prof. Samuel Wangwe, Principal Research Associate for ESRF and REPOA.
Recognising the role of the Institute and displaying his faith in the new Board, Minister Mchengerwa said:
Supporting leaders and preparing leaders to transform their organisations and nations is what is expected of UONGOZI Institute. We are confident that this new Board will steer the Institute in carrying out its mandate, and realising its vision of a prosperous, equitable and sustainable Africa.
Minister Mchengerwa expressed contentment over the Institute’s achievements and positive image whilst acknowledging the challenge that the new Board needs to address:
With the strong foundation already laid down, the new Board can now focus on the Institute’s growth and sustainability, to enhance its agility and resilience. For me, three factors or requirements are key for this: The products and services produced and delivered must be of high quality; adequate resources to implement the Institute’s agenda must be mobilised and made available; and the Institute’s achievements and impact must be well-communicated to strengthen its reputation.
On his part, the CEO of UONGOZI Institute, Mr. Kadari Singo, said that the strong demand of the Institute’s services and products shows that further strides have been made towards its goal of becoming a centre of excellence for leadership development in Tanzania and beyond.
Mr. Singo further expressed gratitude for the calibre of previous and current Board directors, who have aided and will continue to aid the Institute’s efforts to help Tanzanian and African leaders strengthen their ability to serve their organisations and nations.