Mr Ally Hussein Laay, SCL Board Chairman

Mr Laay is mainly known as an active member of SCL Audit Committee. Needless to say that he comes with a proven and excellent performance on SAGCOT Audit Committee. His experience in investment appraisal on Tea, Coffee, Dairy and Cotton with various donors brings an added value. His broad and life-long experience ranges anywhere from:

·         the Agricultural Bank of China,

·         to the respective projects funded by ODA & DANIDA with the Ministry of Agriculture, Cooperatives and Livestock Development as the lead officer responsible for the preparation of Statement of Affairs and Assessment of Viability for Tabora and Shinyanga Regions Cooperative Unions in the West Cotton Growing Area (namely known as WCGA under DANIDA),

·         to SIDA on Health through Sanitation and Water (HESAWA)

·         to Dutch Cotton Aid Programme/Pamba Engineering Limited

to name a few…

Currently, Mr. Laay is very active in the following boards as a:

·         Chairman, Board of Directors CRDB Bank Plc

·         Board Member, Tanzania Tourist Board (TTB)

·         Board Member, National Housing Corporation (NHC)

Robert Pascal, Member of SCL BoD

Mr Pascal brings a life-long experience in value-chain financing, product innovations based on existing and emerging technologies. Mr Pascal comes with a very impressive board member experience with institutions such as Presidential Trust Fund for Self-Reliance, Rice Council of Tanzania, and International Union for Conservation of Nature. He brings in significant skills on strategy development, financial management and communications

Gaudence Temu, Member of SCL BoD

Mr Temu is an accomplished business leader with over 20 years of proven track records of leading businesses to success. His areas of expertise include law, strategic management, financial planning and monitoring, compensation and talent management, risk management and corporate governance. He worked for 22 years as the CEO & Company Secretary of Swissport Tanzania Plc., a multinational company with airport ground handling operations across the globe. He is the founder and chairman of Bongo Export House Ltd (a private Tanzanian company founded primarily to promote and facilitate agricultural commodity exports from Tanzania).

Antoinette Tesha-Ntlemo, Member of SCL BoD

Antoinette Ntlemo is the Director General of TIB Rasilmali Ltd a government owned financial advisory and securities Broking Company. TIB Rasilimali is a subsidiary of TIB Development Bank, a licensed dealing member of the Dar es Salaam stock exchange and a licensee of the Capital Markets and Securities Authority in Investment and Nominated Advisory. Antoinette’s goal at TIB Rasilimali is to promote the use of the capital markets and listed products to finance private and public sector commercial initiatives as well as using various platforms to promote exchange products. Prior to joining TIB Rasilimali, Antoinette spent eight years in South Africa; her last role was as a Vice President in Sales and Distribution for Secondary Markets Trading, a division within the Investment Bank of Barclays Africa where she oversaw the establishment of a Pan-African electronic trading business across the eleven operations of Barclays Africa covering retail, corporate and institutional clients. She left Barclays as a director in May 2016. Prior to joining Barclays she spent a year at Thomson Reuters as the regional team lead for client training Africa. Before moving to South Africa she was the Head of Global Markets Sales of Stanbic Tanzania.

Antoinette has over 12 years’ experience in financial markets and banking, spanning global markets, debt capital markets, emerging market debt sales and structuring & e-commerce trading across Africa and overseas. Antoinette’s specialty is in structuring, pricing and formulating capital raising solutions for institutions as well as creating investment avenues and synergies for private, local and international clients.Antoinette holds a Bachelor with honors in Economics and Development Studies from the University of Sussex and a Master of Science in International Business Management from the University of Surrey as well as various industry certifications.

Brian LoBue, Member of SCL BoD

Brian LoBue is one of the founders and the Director of Kokoa Kamili Limited in Tanzania. Kokoa Kamili is a social enterprise focused on providing the highest quality Tanzanian organic cocoa to premium chocolate manufacturers while paying local farmers the highest prices for their cocoa. Previously, he was manager of the Enterprise Development Unit with TechnoServe in Tanzania where he supported a team of local business consultants, food technologists, and technical experts from General Mills, Cargill, DSM, and Buhler to sustainably increase the profits of medium-sized food processors and improve the quality of their products.

Prior to TechnoServe, Brian was a Senior Consultant in the Management Consulting practice at BearingPoint, Inc. in McLean, Virginia. He worked on product-line profitability analyses for petro-chemical clients, as well as authoring a white paper on international capital flows with regards to M&A activity.  Brian also worked as a consultant at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, DC, and served as an environmental volunteer with the Peace Corps in Tanzania from 2002 thru 2004.  Occasionally, he provides strategic analysis to LoBue Citrus, the family-owned citrus farming, packing, and marketing business based in California.  In a past life, Brian served as a Park Ranger in the United States in both Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

Brian has a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, with a minor in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from Yale University, where he was an Associate World Fellow.

Janet Simkanga, Member of SCL BoD

      Janet Simkanga is the Director of Policy and Planning at the Ministry of Agriculture. Among other responsibilities, Janet Simkanga oversees the Crop Sector Policies and Strategies along with the Sector Reform, Private Sector and Business Environment issues. Janet Simkanga is also responsible for the implementation of all privatized agricultural entities and investments in the agricultural sector while supervising the Monitoring and Evaluation of the Ministry’s Annual Plans and Medium Term Strategic Plan.

Before joining the Ministry of Agriculture, Mrs. Simkanga occupied the post of Assistant Director in the Prime Minister Office (PMO) within the Department of Private Sector Development and Investment; At the PMO, Mrs. Simkanga monitored the implementation of the Business Environment Strengthening (BEST) and the Private Sector Competitiveness Project (PSCP) which enabled her to prepare Progress Reports on Business Environment in Tanzania.Janet Simkanga holds an M.A. in Economics and Management of Rural Development from the University of Manchester-UK, a Post Graduate Diploma in Development Economics from the University of Essex-UK, and a B.A. in Economics, Agriculture and Rural Development from the University of Dar es Salaam-Tanzania.

Professor Honest Ngowi, Member of SCL BoD

      Honest Prosper Ngowi is Professor of Economics, researcher and consultant in Economics and Business at Mzumbe University. He heads the Department of Short Courses, Research and Consultancy. He is a prolific writer who has researched, consulted, lectured and published widely - over 70 academic publications, over 80 research and consultancy reports and over 500 newspaper and magazine articles in economics, business and related areas. Ngowi has been an external examiner in a number of Universities including Makerere, UDSM, Open University of Tanzania and North West University in South Africa.

He has been has been a member of various Board of Directors including Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC), Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), Foundation for Civil Society (Board Chairman for two years until 2017), SWISS Aid, Restless Development, Envirocare, University of Stellenborsch Business School in South Africa. Professor Ngowi is a distinguished fellow at the African Centre for Technology Studies and member of Consortium of Senior Scholars at the University of Lusaka Zambia. He has also served in the position of Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the University of Bergn Norway.As a public intellectual, he is also economics and business columnist in various newspapers including Mwananchi (Tujadili Uchumi column, page 22 every Thursday); The Citizen (Economics Made Simple, every Saturday for the past 6 years none-stop, page 24) and commentator in various radios and television stations (with his own TV programme of Uchumi na Biashara at ITV every Friday at 19:00 hours) discussing various current economic and business issues. He has also established his own online TV by the name of Ngowi TV focusing on Economics, Business and Development.