Welcoming new Board Chair

We are delighted to welcome Amb. Ombeni Yohana Sefue as new Chairperson of our Board of Directors. His appointment, effective from 27 November 2021, was made by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan.

Amb. Sefue takes over from Hon. Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax, who was appointed as Minister of Defence and National Service by President Hassan in September 2021.

He brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise on leadership development and sustainable development to help us expand our impact in Tanzania and across Africa.

Between 2011 to 2016, Amb. Sefue served as Chief Secretary of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Prior to his appointment as Chief Secretary, he excelled as a diplomat. His postings included Permanent Representative of Tanzania to the United Nations (2010 – 2011), Ambassador to the United Stated of America in Washington D.C. (2007 – 2010), High Commissioner to Canada (2005 – 2007), and Counsellor in the Embassy of Tanzania in Stockholm, Sweden (1987 – 1992).

He also worked as a speechwriter and personal assistant to two Tanzanian Presidents — Ali Hassan Mwinyi (1993 – 1995) and Benjamin William Mkapa (1995 – 2005).

Currently, he serves as a member and chairman of the Panel of Eminent Persons of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM), an African Union institution established to promote good governance across the continent.

In UONGOZI Institute’s Board, Amb. Sefue will serve alongside Vice Chairperson Dr. Laurean Ndumbaro (Permanent Secretary of the President’s Office, Public Service Management and Good Governance); 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 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 Economic and Social Research Foundation and Research on Policy Alleviation).

UONGOZI Institute was established in 2010 by the Government of Tanzania to inspire and equip Tanzanian and African leaders to deliver inclusive and sustainable solutions. We apply a holistic and mutually reinforcing approach to capacity development, which recognises that leadership competencies are developed through a continuous, lifelong learning process. Our two strategic pillars – leadership and sustainable development – are addressed through four main areas: executive education, policy dialogues, action-oriented research, and technical support.

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