On 13 May 2021, the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, H.E. Samia Suluhu Hassan, appointed the new Board of Directors for UONGOZI Institute. The new Board is the third since the establishment of the Institute in 2010. It consists of nine directors, from diverse backgrounds, who are well-experienced in aspects of sustainable development; public policy and administration; education; economics and finance; and international relations.
Board members: Chairperson Dr. Stergomena Lawrence Tax (Executive Secretary of the Southern African Development Community – SADC);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).
The Board was inaugurated on 18 June 2021 at a brief ceremony, officiated by Hon. Mohamed Mchengerwa (MP), Minister of State, President’s Office – Public Service Management and Good Governance.
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 further expressed approval for the Institute’s achievements and positive image whilst acknowledging the tasks 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. 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 the Institute, Mr. Kadari Singo, said that the strong demand for the Institute’s services and products demonstrates how the organisation is increasingly being recognised as a centre of excellence for leadership development in Tanzania and beyond.
Mr. Singo also recognised the calibre of previous and present Board directors, who have collectively enabled the Institute’s to support leaders in Tanzania and across Africa strengthen their ability to serve their organisations and nations.
On behalf of the Board members, Dr. Tax (Chairperson), expressed their commitment to steward resources to meet the strong demand for the Institute’s products and services mentioned by the CEO, including the onboarding programmes for appointed leaders.