Yamungu Kayandabila, Board Member

Dr. Yamungu Kayandabila is the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives with responsibility for assisting the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry in the initiation and development of policies, as well as the programmes to implement these. As such, Yamungu is an economist served previously as Assistant Commissioner for Policy-Debt and Strategy, at the Ministry of Finance, Tanzania and Senior Lecturer and Deputy Rector at the Institute of Tax Administration, Tanzania. He has served as Chairman of Ministerial Advisory Board Tanzania Minerals Audit Agency (TMAA) and a Member of Tanzania Working Group on Tanzania Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative. He is currently a Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tanzania Posts Corporation (TPC).

Yamungu has been involved at the highest level of Policy making in support of efficient and effective Public service delivery. Yamungu holds a doctorate degree in Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Elsie Kanza, Board Member

Elsie Kanza is Head of Africa at the World Economic Forum (WEF). Prior to this recent appointment, Elsie served as Personal Assistant to H.E. President Jakaya Kikwete on economic affairs. With a wealth of professional experience in finance and development economics, Elsie has worked at the Bank of Tanzania and spent a number of years in key positions at the Ministry of Finance. During this time, Elsie has advised on economic and financial policy at the highest levels of government and has a deep knowledge of both the national and international policymaking processes. Among her other commitments, Elsie also serves as a Board Member of the Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development and was recognised as a World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader in 2011.

Salum Shamte, Board Member

Salum Shamte is a long-standing expert in Tanzania’s agricultural sector and the Managing Director of Katani Ltd. Salum has worked in the agricultural sector for over three decades, spanning a number of roles, including the responsibility for marketing Tanzania’s sisal and tea to global markets and the representation of Tanzanian Sisal Authority (TSA) both nationally and at the international level. Salum is also experienced in the development of markets for both raw and processed agricultural products and oversaw the establishment of the Tanzania Trade Centre in London, UK. Among his commitments, Salum serves as a Board Member of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), Executive Committee member of the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC), Chairman of the Board of External Trade, and a Board Member of the Tanzania Investment Centre.

Andrew Temu, Board Member

Prof. Andrew Temu is an Associate Professor at the Sokoine University of Agriculture. A globally recognised academic in the field of agriculture, Andrew is an authority on agricultural economics, rural development projects and financing agribusiness, whose work has been published in respected journals around the world. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Tanzania Investment Centre, as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Private Agriculture Sector Support Trust (PASS) and as Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of the CRDB Microfinance Services Company. At the international level, Andrew also serves as a Member of the Steering Committee of the Linking Farmers to Markets Initiative at the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO).

Roshan Abdallah, Board Member

Dr. Abdallah is the Founder and Executive Director of the Agricultural Innovation Research Foundation (AIRF) based in Tanzania. The organisation works to build the technical capacity of Tanzanian farmers to strengthen their position in export markets. With over 25 years of experience in plant sciences and food security, Dr. Abdallah has a deep understanding of the role of science and technology in agriculture and enabling food security, as well as the research imperatives in this area. She has been a director at the Tropical Pesticides Research Institute (TPRI) in Tanzania, where she was responsible for regulating the quality and standards of pesticides, conservation of plant genetic resources, phytosanitary, biosafety and played an important role in promotion of biopesticides as alternative to pesticides. Dr. Abdallah served as a Board Director at the National Development Corporation (NDC) and the Tanzania Coffee Research Institute (TaCRI). She is currently a board member of the Tanzania Official Seed Certification Agency (TOSCI) and the Tanzanian Industrial Research Organization (TIRDO).

Paul Kapelus, Board Member

Paul is the co-owner of Synergy Global Consulting and lives in Johannesburg. Paul has spent the past twenty years assisting companies, governments and communities in structuring investments and partnerships that help to generate positive social and economic outcomes. He has worked across Africa, facilitating agreements, resolving disputes and building corporate, community and NGO leadership and management capacity, in both urban and rural settings. Paul is passionate about Africa’s commodity boom in the next 20 years, as a potential catalyst for positive growth and development for African societies. Paul was elected Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and is a Desmond Tutu leadership Fellow. Paul has a MA in Social Anthropology from Sussex University (UK) and a BA (Hons) from the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

Simon Bell, Board Member

Simon Bell is an international investor and consultant, specializing in emerging markets investment strategies. He advises numerous companies on their globalization strategy. He also advises governments and industry associations on strategies to accelerate investment and growth in key sectors of the economy. Simon is the founder of Armillary Ventures, a boutique investment firm focused on launching sustainable tourism and agribusiness ventures in promising frontier markets. With family roots in Zambia and raised in Ethiopia, Simon has long been a proponent of private sector investment in Africa. He served as an advisor to the Commission for Africa, helped with the early design of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa, and has advised government agencies in numerous countries on their investment promotion strategies – these include Burkina Faso, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Mali, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. He has also advised numerous corporate clients on their Africa strategy – including leading firms in agribusiness, chemicals, financial services, tourism and professional services. He holds a B.A. from Oxford University and a M.A. from the University of Pennsylvania.