The CEOrt is governed by an independent Board of Directors; leaders who have significant experience and years of distinguished service in business, law, government and philanthropy. The Board of Directors are responsible for overseeing the organisation’s program and overall strategy.
Ali A. Mufuruki
Ali A. Mufuruki is a Tanzanian entrepreneur, philanthropist, public speaker and leadership coach.
A Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute Class of 2001, Ali Mufuruki co-founded the Africa Leadership Initiative in 2002 whose mission is to engage the energy and talent of emerging leaders in Africa in order to release their potential to build a good society for their nations.
He is co-founder and chairman of the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania, a policy dialogue forum that brings together more than 100 CEOs of leading companies in Tanzania. This group engages regularly with the senior government leadership of Tanzania to find solutions for the country’s economy.
He is also the owner, Chairman & CEO of Infotech Investment Group LTD, a family business that has interests in ICT, media, telecoms, private equity, retail and real estate across a number of countries in Africa and beyond.
Ali Mufuruki is currently Chairman of the Boards of Msingi LTD (Kenya), Legacy Capital Partners Ltd (Tanzania); Trademark East Africa (Kenya) and Chai Bora Ltd (Tanzania).
He serves as Director on the boards of BlueTown Holdings Ltd (Denmark) and AMSCO (Netherlands).
He previously sat on the Board of the Tanzania Central Bank where he was elected the first ever independent chairman of the Audit Committee.
He also served on the Board of Directors of Technoserve, Inc. of Washington, DC and Nation Media Group of Kenya.
Mr Mufuruki graduated with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Design Engineering from Reutlingen University, Germany in 1986 and lives in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania with his wife and four children.
Company:Infotech Investment Group
Designation:Chairman & CEO
Mr. Leonard Mususa was Country Leader of PricewaterhouseCoopers in Tanzania. He joined PricewaterhouseCoopers in 1978, having completed his accountancy education in the UK in 1977 and after a short stint as a lecturer at the Institute of Finance Management in Dar es Salaam.Since joining the firm Leonard has mainly been based in Tanzania, apart from the 2 years that he spent on secondment to the London Office between 1980 and 1982.
He was admitted as a partner in Tanzania, in October 1985 and in January 2001 he took over as Country Leader in Tanzania.Despite his country leadership role, he is an active assurance and business advisory services partner with a significant portfolio of clients.
Over the 25 years, Mususa has worked with clients in various sectors to address their needs. At different times, this has included supporting new investors in establishing their businesses in Tanzania, helping clients set up tax efficient corporate structures, supporting the privatisation of companies in various roles, including evaluation of their financial soundness and business valuations and guiding clients in accounting and financial control matters.
Company:Iconic Properties Limited
Ineke Bussemaker is the CEO & Managing Director for National Microfinance Bank PLC (NMB) and assumed the role since early 2015. Prior to her role at NMB, she held senior executive positions at various financial institutions across Europe including Rabobank, ABN Amro and Citibank.
With over 30 years’ experience in the banking sector, Bussemaker obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from Leiden University and an MBA in Business and IT from the Rotterdam School of Management in the Netherlands.
Her wealth of experience includes corporate banking, e-business, transaction banking, country management and policy making.
Whilst working at ABN Amro, Bussemaker and a few of her colleagues founded a senior women’s network in 1990, which was an initiative to empower women at senior positions to voice out issues that greatly affected their careers.
Ineke Bussemaker is passionate about female empowerment and participates in a number of initiatives aimed at ensuring women are empowered to have a voice in order to be contributing members of society for sustainable socio-economic development.
In September 2016, Bussemaker accepted an invitation to join the Board of the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania.
Company :NMB Tanzania
Designation:MD & CEO
Mr. Yogesh Manek is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the MAC Group.
He is the Chairman of The Heritage Insurance Company Tanzania Ltd, Exim Bank (Tanzania) Ltd, Strategis Insurance (Tanzania) Ltd, Exim Advisory Services and Chemi&Cotex Industries Ltd. He also sits on the Board of Alliance Insurance Corporation Limited.
Manek has under his astute leadership, successfully guided and transformed business ventures to entrepreneurial excellence. He actively participates in various Trade, Business Councils and Social Welfare organizations in Tanzania.
Francis Nanai is the CEO of Mwananchi Communications Limited (MCL). Nanai joined MCL in 2013 as Chief Operations Officer having previously held senior executive positions at Lafarge Cement Tanzania and Coca-Cola.
Having obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Dar es Salaam, Nanai has a wealth of experience in strategy development and business plan implementation.
He is passionate about instilling a strong work ethic amongst the country’s youth in order to cultivate an environment of professionalism. Furthermore, Nanai is passionate about serving his country and contributing towards raising Tanzanians out of poverty.
During a meeting of the Board of Directors held on 20th September 2016, Nanai was appointed a member of the Board of Directors of the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania.
Mr. Nehemiah Mchechu is currently Director General of the National Housing Corporation (NHC) with a capital base of over USD 1.2billion. He was recruited to this position to undertake the restructuring of the state-owned corporation following his good track record in restructuring companies.
Previously, Mchechu was MD & CEO of Commercial Bank of Africa Tanzania Limited and broke new ground as the youngest CEO within the banking sector in East Africa before his current job. Prior to CBA, Mr. Mchechu worked for Standard Chartered Bank Tanzania Limited, and in his last role, he was an Alternative Director, Head of Global and Co-Head Wholesale Banking. He has also worked for Citibank and Barclays Bank Tanzania Limited.
Mchechu sits on several Boards including KCB Tanzania Limited and Tumaini University. He also serves as a Presidential appointee in two committees under the Tanzania National Business Council where he serves on the Land Development Committee and also on the Public-Private Sector Partnerships. He also serves as a member of the National Economic Task Force Team.
Mchechu has been a catalyst in various Financial and Economic reform activities which includes working in various capacities, as President of ACI- Financial Market Association – Tanzania Chapter and Chairperson of the Tanzania Financial Market Leadership Forum.
He is a Fellow of the second class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-East Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
Dr. Alex Nguluma is a partner at Rex Attorneys, the successor of Maajar, Rwechungura, Nguluma&Makani Advocates and Epitome Advocates. He is head of the Corporate Tax and Insurance Legal Services Department and specializes in tax, commercial litigation, commercial arbitration, liquidations and receiverships, insurance and general company matters.
Nguluma’s previous experience consists of a successful teaching career at the Law Faculty, University of Dar es Salaam and 16 years’ experience in legal & business consultancy. Previously, he worked for PWC Tanzania for 9 years where his last role was an Associate Director and Head of Legal Department.
Nguluma formed part of PriceWaterhouseCoopers team which carried out a review of the road maintenance funds and related Regulations. He drafted the Road Fund Legislation which formed the backbone for the establishment of the Tanzania Road Fund Authority. He was previously involved in the privatization of the leather sub-sector, the pilot privatization initiative by the Government before privatization was adopted in all sectors of the economy.
Nguluma was also part of the MNK&M team engaged by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) to draft Operational Regulations for the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) during the first half of the year 2001.