Board of Directors

TAMFI Board of Directors

As portrayed below, the Association has high profile, highly respectable and highly experienced and committed Board of Directors drawn from the microfinance industry.  These include:-

(i) Mr. Joel Mwakitalu   (Chairman)

Mr Mwakitalu has 26 years of work experience as a practitioner, leader and consultant in microfinance industry. He is currently Managing Director of Global Associates Limited a financial services & agribusiness consulting company. Mwakitalu is the regional coordinator for East African Microfinance Network. He is a Certified Director by Tanzania Institute of Directors and MA holder in business management.   

(ii) Mr. Altemius Millinga (Vice Chairman)

Mr Millinga is currently the Executive Director for the Yetu Microfinance PLC. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Mbinga Community Bank. Millinga is the author of Demand for Micro Insurance in Tanzania and Co-author of Money transfer in Kenya and Uganda and an associate investment Advisor for National Investment Company (NICO). Mr. Millinga has over 20 years experience in the Microfinance Industry. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Policy Economics and Bachelor of Arts (Economics).

(iii) Mr James Washima. Managing Director, UTT Microfinance. (Board Member)

Mr. James B. Washima is a multidiscipline professional – a trained financial specialist, a Certified Investment Advisor /dealers’ representative, an Associate Certified Public Accountant ACPA (T), and a certified member of the Institute of Directors in Tanzania.

Prior to joining UTT Microfinance Plc in July, 2013 as its founder CEO; He worked for Unit Trust of Tanzania (UTT) from 2006 to June, 2013. During this time, he served in various capacities in the Trust; including Director of Investment Management, Director of Finance & Administration and Chief Operating Officer – UTT Microfinance Division.

He holds a degree in Commerce B.Com (Hons) from Dr. B.R. Ambedkar University (formally Agra University) India, and a postgraduate degree in Business Administration specializing in Finance (MBA Finance) from the University of Dar es Salaam (2005).

(iv) Mr Lawrence Muze, (Board Member)

Mr Lawrence Muze is the current Chairperson of Mtoni Lutheran Church Dar es Salaam and General Manager of Kwanza Collection Company.  He has been in the arts and crafts business for the past 36 years working at different capacities; from Accounts Assistant to Finance Officer. Muze has also been a Vice Chairperson and Chairperson of WFTO Africa and Middle East between years 2011 and 2014.   Since year 2006, Muze is the Treasurer of Tanzania Network for Fair Trade (TANFAT) and as well as Treasurer of African Evangelist Enterprises since  1996. He has travelled widely to Europe, USA, parts of Arica and within Tanzania to participate in Trade Fairs. He holds a Diploma on Business management and has attended Business Development trainings in Kenya and Swaziland.

(vi) Mr Abdul-rahman Salehe, (Board Member)

Mr Abdul-rahman has vast experience in store keeping, supply management, and procurement. He has worked with Zanzibar Investment Promotion Authority for 23 years. He has conducted a number of audits in procurement entities in several districts of Tanzania including Simanjiro, Karatu, Mugumu, Longido and College of Wildlife Management in Mweka. Abdul-rahman holds posts of Secretary General in Sports Association for football and basketball in Zanzibar. He is also a Secretary General of Jumuiya ya Changamoto, a trust fund. He holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration issued by Peoples’ Republic of China.

(vi) Ms Bibiana Ngowi, (Board Member)

Ms Bibiana Ngowi is a Microfinance specialist with over 14 years experience in microfinance industry enjoying serving small and medium entrepreneurs over the Tanzania Region. Currently she is working for Mkombozi Commercial Bank as Head of Microfinance at one of the branches.   

Prior to working with Mkombozi Commercial Bank Bibiana has worked for FINCA Tanzania a Financial institution for 6 years. She has worked as a Supervisor in Group lending modality and managed branch credit team. Bibiana is serving small and medium enterprises specifically in poverty alleviation scheme and has a deep understanding in microfinance sector including challenges facing the industry. She has a Masters degree in Business Administration from University of Dar es Salaam and a Bachelor’s degree in Home Economics and Human Nutrition from Sokoine University of Agriculture. 

(vii) AKM Sazzad Hosain, (Board Member)

Mr Sazzad Hossain is presently working with BRAC Finance Ltd as a Programme Manager. Sazzad has been in the microfinance field for more than six years starting as a Young Professional in the unit of Research and Development-Microfinance, at BRAC. Before that he worked with Data Companies as a business developer and in sales and marketing. He has attended diverse microfinance trainings and conferences in different parts of the world. He has published “Can Small credit bring hope? A case study of agribusiness programme of BRAC in Bangladesh” The Global Journal of Finance and Economics Vol 10 No 2 (2013): 205-214. Sazzad holds a Master in Public Affairs ( MPA) and Master of Business Admin (MBA), Finance from University of Dhaka, Bangladesh. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science from North South University.