Geoffrey Kirenga

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Kirenga has a wealth of experience in East African agriculture value chains. He is the former Director of the Crop Development Division at the Tanzania Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Cooperatives. Prior to this position, Mr. Kirenga specialized in crop promotion services, pest management and plant protection. Mr. Kirenga has an extensive network in both the Tanzanian and international agriculture and agribusiness communities, and he is highly committed to drive the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania to delivering on its role as the catalyst dedicated to transforming Tanzania's agriculture sector.

Mr. Kirenga holds an MSc in Entomology from the Imperial College of the University of London.

Kadji Diop

Chief Operating Officer

Kadji Diop is the Chief Operating Officer at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. She provides direction and leadership, to direct daily responsibilities, and ensures all established policies and procedures are followed. Kadji has over eighteen years of experience working in organizational development, finance and accounting in the U.S. and Africa. She boasts a proven track record in driving positive change in financial processes and systems across organizations to maximize revenue generation and profitability. She also brings demonstrated expertise in strengthening internal controls to improve forecasting, investments, financial reporting, cost accounting, and overall performance of operations. Her forte is a proven ability to function effectively with multiple host-country counterparts in the public and NGO sectors, and in the Foundation world.

Before joining SAGCOT Centre Ltd., she headed the Finance & Accounting Departments at TrustAfrica, a Pan-African Foundation incorporated in the U.S. and headquartered in Senegal. Prior to that, she led the finance and administration departments at AMREF’s West Africa Regional Office. Kadji also held finance and accounting positions at the North Carolina Credit Union League (North Carolina, U.S.A) and Open Door Child Care Centre (New York, U.S.A).

She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration, with concentration in Accounting, from Monroe College (New York, U.S.A.) and an MBA in Finance (California, U.S.A.). She is pursuing an Executive Doctorate Degree in Business Administration. Kadji is fluent in English, French and Wolof, the national language of her native country, Senegal.


Maria T. Ijumba

Head of Cluster and Partnership Development

Maria Ijumba is the Head of Cluster and Partnership Development at SAGCOT Centre Limited since 2014. She oversees effective engagement of SAGCOT partners in the corridor and clusters. She also provides leadership in preparing and implementing Cluster Development Frameworks and Plans; opportunities to link smallholder/emergent farmers and SMEs to agricultural value chains; opportunities to attract additional green and inclusive agribusiness investments and projects; creating synergies in existing and potential SAGCOT Partner activities, and strategies for increasing the competitiveness of agricultural value chains in the Clusters.

Before joining SAGCOT Centre Ltd, Maria worked as a Senior Advisor for Agriculture-Dairy Value Chain Development at SNV-Netherlands Development Organisation, Tanzania, as a National Programme Officer, Agribusiness, at FAO-Dar es Salaam; FAO-Southern Highlands Food Systems Programme based within the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives; and as the CEO (and founder) of Faida Market Link Company Ltd (Faida MaLi) (

She has a solid track record of agribusiness leadership, coupled with wide experience in coordinating public and private sector actors and facilitating multi-stakeholder dialogue on business opportunities in a wide range of agricultural value chains. She has specialised in initiating and facilitating out-growers’ schemes, initiating and strengthening farmers' organisations, and building the capacity of other development organisations.

Maria holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Crop Science from Makerere University Kampala, Uganda, and a Master’s Degree in Plant Breeding from the University of Nairobi-Kenya.



Head of Accounts and Finance

Anna Reuben Mtaita is the Head of Accounts and Finance at SAGCOT Centre Limited. In that capacity, she is the custodian and implementer of financial systems and policies to ensure accounting, fund management and compliance. She oversees the accounting and finance team, and is in charge of accounting for SAGCOT Centre and donor resources.

Anna is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA (T)) with over 18 years of experience. She holds a Masters of Science Degree in Finance (MSc Finance) from the University of Strathclyde, UK, and an advanced Diploma in Accountancy awarded by the Institute of Finance Management (IFM) in Tanzania.

Before joining SAGCOT Centre Limited in September 2016, Anna was the Director of Finance and Administration at the National Economic Empowerment Council (NEEC), a government agency under the Prime Minister’s Office, where she had been working previously as the Chief Accountant.

Prior to this, Anna worked at Stanbic Bank successively as Accountant, Financial Accountant and Manager of Financial Accounting, following a term as an External Auditor for Tanzania at ERNST & YOUNG, a Certified Public Accountancy Firm.



Head of Administration and Procurement

Daniel is the Head of Administration and Procurement at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. In that capacity, he heads four units which include Human Resources, Administration, Procurement, and Information Technology drawing on his proven professional experience in Human Resource Management, Administration, Logistics, supply chain management, IT and operations.

Ten of Daniel’s twelve years of work experience have been spent at management level on all aspects of Human Resources, Administration and support services. He started his career as the Human Resource and Administration Officer at Aga Khan University for East Africa, Tanzania Campus.

Daniel later joined Save the Children UK’s Tanzania Programme successively as HR Coordinator, Support Services Manager, and HR and Administration Manager. Thereafter, he moved to Save the Children in South Sudan as the Human Resource Manager before becoming the Acting Director of Human Resources and Administration, and the Deputy Director of HR and Administration.

Daniel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Administration, with a major in Human Resource Management, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration with a major in Corporate Management. Both degrees were awarded by Mzumbe University in Tanzania. Daniel is currently registered with Procurement and Supplies Professionals and Technicians Board (PSPTB) and Tom Fisher and Associates for Certified Supply Chain Manager.



Head of Policy

Neema Lugangira is the Head of Policy at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. This role strategically positions her to pursue her passion of being a change agent and contributing to sustainable development in the SAGCOT Initiative and the Agricultural Sector of Tanzania, including multi-sectoral linkages and beyond.

Neema has a comprehensive understanding of the dynamics of natural resource management in several African countries, of how to retain added value from exploiting these natural resources, and the multi-sectoral linkages to key economic sectors like Agriculture.

Neema has, in the past five years, been a key champion on Local Content in Tanzania -initiating the Local Content Agenda, influencing and contributing to develop Tanzania’s Local Content Policy & Legal Framework, and establishing the Local Content Department at the National Economic Empowerment Council under the Prime Minister’s Office. She continues to contribute in reviewing different sectoral Policies, Legislation and Regulations for the inclusion of Local Content.

Neema is a member of the Global Steering Committee for developing the Global Reporting Standard for Local Procurement in the Extractives Sector, a contributor to several global initiatives on Local Content, and the author of “Local Content in Supplier Development”, a book published in April 2014.



Programme Quality and Compliance Manager

Patrick Wamukulu is the Programme Quality and Compliance Manager at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. He joined SAGCOT Centre in May 2015 as a Funders’ Coordinator, a position he held for 2 and a half years before becoming the Programme Quality and Compliance Manager. In his current position, Patrick’s core areas of work include programme quality and compliance, networking and partnership development, reporting, monitoring, knowledge management, mobilising resources and securing programme funding from bilateral and multilateral donors, trusts and foundations, and major private donors and individuals.

Patrick holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the University of Daystar in Nairobi, Kenya. He also boasts strong advisory, leadership and organisational skills, with a proven ability to work effectively at all levels in a multicultural environment. He pays attention to detail and can analyse complex issues and use them to provide viable and alternative solutions.

Patrick has over 8 years of experience in International development. Before joining SAGCOT Centre Ltd, he worked with international and local NGOs, including Right to Play South Sudan, World Vision-Uganda, People in Need-Somalia, and VSO Jitolee-Nairobi. He spent time also at the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, serving at various levels and in roles ranging from donor research to networking and partnership building, programme development and management, and programme quality and compliance. He also acquired experience and training in participatory approaches to programme development, project planning and implementation.



Communications Manager

Austin M. Makani is the Communications Manager at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. He holds a Masters of Science Degree in Marketing Management with a major in Communication from Mzumbe University Dar es Salaam Business School, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Development awarded by University of Dar es Salaam Entrepreneurship Centre (UDEC).

Austin joined SAGCOT Centre Ltd from a regional health organisation – East, Central and Southern Africa (ECSA) Health Community, where he was the Programme Manager for a Virtual College of Health. Prior to this, he worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as a Public Information Associate, after serving at KCB Bank Tanzania as a Corporate Affairs Manager responsible for all communication, and then as a Corporate Relationship Manager.

Austin has eleven (11) years of exposure in communication both in the private and public sectors. He boasts skills and prowess in strategic management, negotiation, product development, public relations, marketing, client service and gender-sensitive communication. He is experienced in media networking and relations in Tanzania and beyond, and in establishing communication-related entities and products. Austin is also a motivational speaker and has authored several motivational articles.



Cluster Manager

Tulalumba Mloge is a Cluster Manager at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. She has extensive experience in research, management and project coordination and a background working and communicating at the international level.

Before joining SAGCOT Centre Ltd, she worked with Welt Computer Entwicklung Deutschland (WCE De) in project management, and with a catering firm, Klippstein GmbH in Germany, where she was looking at the effects of organic products on communal feeding and their impact on companies’ marketing strategy.

She later joined the Embassy of Tanzania in Germany with responsibility for administration and event management. She has done research in the energy and agriculture sectors.

Tulalumba holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics and a Master of Administration in International Management from the University of Applied Sciences Nuertingen-Geisslingen in Germany.



Partner Manager

Ruth Sabai is the Partner Manager at SAGCOT Centre Ltd since October 2017. She brings local and international expertise in natural resource management, policy analysis and cross-cultural communications from her experience in facilitating the development of diverse sectors ranging from renewable energy and energy efficiency to extractive industries, agribusiness, environmental sanitation and urban development.

Before joining SAGCOT Centre Ltd, Ruth was a Business Development Manager for a sustainable farming enterprise dealing with value-chain improvements in Tanzania. She also worked with the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation on assessing agriculture sector investments; with UNDP Tanzania, at the Energy & Mineral Development Partners Group Secretariat, responsible for coordinating policy dialogue, and facilitating capacity building investments and technical work in the energy and extractive industry.


Prior to that, Ruth worked for Greenmax Capital Advisors in New York, as a coordinator for the World Bank’s Lighting Africa Market Intelligence, focused on off-grid technology interventions. She provided expertise on environmental sanitation projects, including La Matanza Riachuelo in Buenos Aires and Waves of Change Ocean Conservation Campaign in Malta; and consulted on sustainable development policy and climate finance while at the Permanent Mission of the United Republic of Tanzania to the UN in New York.


Ruth holds a Master of Science Degree in Environmental Policy & Sustainability Management from New School University in New York, and a BA in Biology from Truman State University in USA. She is fluent in English and Kiswahili, and proficient in Spanish.





Selemani Ahmadi is an Accountant at SAGCOT Centre Ltd), a Fellow Chartered Certified Accountant registered with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA - UK) and the National Board of Accountants and Auditors Tanzania (NBAA) as an Associate Certified Public Accountant (ACPA). He boasts over 14 years of work experience in finance and accounts from private and public entities.  



Infrastructure Specialist

Khalid Mgaramo is the Infrastructure Specialist at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. Under the Policy and Enabling Environment Department, he oversees land and infrastructure works for supporting agricultural investment in the Southern corridor. Khalid has over 15 years of work experience in agriculture, economic development, livelihoods interventions, community organising, research, and monitoring and evaluation. He has been involved in the rollout and implementation of various successful projects in Tanzania.

Before joining SCL in January 2017, Khalid served respectively as the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist at the Capacity Development for Partners of Accountability programme under ESRF and  Chemonics International, as the Monitoring and Evaluation Director for JSI Community Health System Strengthening Programme, as the Technical Director for DAI IMARISHA Project, and as the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist and Funds Manager for Tanzania Private Sector Foundation Cluster Competitiveness Programme (CCP), managed by Cardno Emerging Markets. He also served as the Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist implementing agriculture, community development and livelihood projects in Tanzania for KickStart International, ACDI/VOCA and CARE International.

Khalid holds a B.Sc. in Agriculture from the Sokoine University of Agriculture in Morogoro and is currently finalising his Master’s Degree in Project Management with Open University of Tanzania. He speaks fluent English and Swahili.



Information Technology Specialist

Abraham J. Nyahucho is a Microsoft Certified Solution Associate and holder of a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology from University of Dar es Salaam Computing centre.

He boasts wide experience and exposure in Information and Communication Technology and is currently working as the Information Technology Specialist at SAGCOT Centre Ltd.

Before joining SAGCOT Centre Ltd, Abraham had an eight-year tenure as Head of the Information Technology (IT) Department at Deloitte and Touché in Tanzania.

With eleven (11) years of experience in the Information and Communication Technology sector, he has held top positions both in private and public sector entities where he honed his skills and acquired prowess in Information System Management, IT Budget, Systems Design & Development.



Planning & Monitoring Specialist

Phillip Kakande is the Planning and Monitoring Specialist at SAGCOT Centre Ltd since October 2016. He provides leadership in monitoring strategies at the Centre Level - monitoring departmental (Cluster, Partnership and Policy) strategies and approaches to ensure processes comply with standards; and at the Cluster Level – guiding Cluster Field Office Teams to monitor achievement of the deliverables from strategies used by the Centre in SAGCOT Clusters.


Phillip is a Monitoring Specialist from Uganda with ten years of work experience at international level in the Africa and Pacific Regions. Before joining the SAGCOT Centre team in 2016, he served for a year as a Monitoring and Evaluation consultant at the SAGCOT Centre.


Prior to this, Philip was DAI’s Senior Result Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist in the FoodTrade East and Southern Africa (FTESA) Programme, and a Consultant on the Grow Africa LOI Survey in Tanzania. He supported UNDP’s Public and Private Sector Reform Programme under the Government of Kiribati in the Pacific region, and served with UN Women in Liberia as a Monitoring Consultant on the Smallholder Agriculture Results Based Initiative (RBI) for Cassava Value Addition Projects, funded by the World Bank.

Philip holds a Master of Science Degree in Project Management, with a major in Monitoring and Evaluation from Cavendish University Uganda, and a BSc. in Conservation Biology from Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda.



HR Specialist

Jillian Byalugaba is the Human Resource (HR) Specialist at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Resource Management and a Diploma in Secretarial duties from the College of Business Administration. Jillian has 21 years of work experience, including 10 years in administration and 11 years in HR Management. Before joining SAGCOT Centre in March 2017 as HR Specialist, she worked as HR Officer in USA International organisations funded by USAID and CDC, John Snow Inc. (JSI). Jillian also worked earlier as HR Assistant at the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric Foundation (EGPAF) and as HR and Admin Assistant in the Irish International organisation, Concern Worldwide.  



Ihemi Cluster Coordinator

Ferdinand Mgaya is the Ihemi Cluster Coordinator at SAGCOT Centre Limited. He is a committed professional in Agriculture and Community Development with experience in multi-stakeholder arrangements and project programme cycle management. He holds a BSC in Agricultural Education and Extension from Sokoine University of Agriculture and an MBA in Marketing Management from Mzumbe University. Before joining SAGCOT Centre Limited in 2016, Ferdinand worked for over ten years in various capacities and with different national and international organisations. He served successively as the Business and Marketing Manager at TAPP Project (Fintrac Inc.), National Programme Officer at Southern Highlands Food Systems (FAO), Programme Officer at Food Facility (EU), Agriculture and Environment Coordinator at the Un-Millennium Village Project (UNDP), and Programme Coordinator at the Area Development Programme (World Vision Tanzania).



Business Development Specialist

Gerald Sakaya is the Business Development Specialist at SAGCFOT Centre Limited. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA). He has over eight years of working experience in agribusiness development gained from working with various agribusiness projects in eastern Africa. Prior to joining SAGCOT Centre in 2017, Gerald worked with VECO East Africa to develop, strengthen and support business linkages between farmer organisations and private companies, aimed at improving the competitiveness and efficiency of value chains. His forte is in value chain analysis, business plan development, development of inclusive business models, farming systems, and scientific analysis on governance and efficiency in various value chains.


Partner Coordinator

Adam Ndatalu is the Partner Coordinator at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Development Economics from the Institute of Rural Development Planning (IRDP) in Dodoma, Tanzania.

Adam boasts experience in project analysis and research. Before joining SAGCOT Centre Ltd, he was the M&E Officer at Building Rural Incomes Through Enterprise (BRiTEN), a Social Enterprise dedicated to increasing incomes and improving livelihoods through the empowerment of rural agribusinesses (farmers and entrepreneurs).

Before ascending to the position of Partner Coordinator, Adam brilliantly completed a period of internship also at the SAGCOT Centre.



Programme Coordinator

Emmanuel Lyimo is a Programme Officer at SAGCOT Centre Limited. He is responsible for policy analysis and advocacy, and for project planning, management, monitoring and evaluation. Emmanuel holds a BA in Sociology and an MA in Development Management from the University of Dar es Salaam. Prior to joining SAGCOT Centre Limited, he worked with Economic Development Initiatives (EDI), Youth Initiatives Tanzania (YITA), Search for Common Ground (SFCG) and Culture and Development East Africa (CDEA).



Environment and Social Specialist

John Banga Nakei is the Environment and Social Specialist at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. His responsibility is to facilitate the engagement of public and private partnerships in advocating responsible agriculture in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. John ensures that the agricultural investment promoted by the SAGCOT Initiative integrates environmental management and social inclusivity.  He has extensive experience in conducting Environment and Social Audits, Environmental and Social Impact Assessment for various Agricultural investments in Tanzania, as per existing laws governing environment in Tanzania. His knowledge and work experience in the field of agricultural sustainability give the SAGCOT partnership confidence to ensure sustainable investments are practised by SAGCOT partners. Before joining the Southern Agricultural Growth Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) as an Environment and Social Specialist, John worked in Sustainable Agriculture for 10 years, spending much time on facilitating local government authorities to integrate environmental management and social inclusivity in their plans and budgets. He was actively involved in delivering the Agriculture Sector Development Programme phase 1 (ASDP1 - a sector-wide programme in Tanzania), implemented from 2006 to 2013 by Ministry of Agriculture, Food Security and Livestock to boost agricultural productivity. 



Assistant Accountant

Lilliane Mrina is the Assistant Accountant at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting from The Institute of Finance Management. Before she joined SAGCOT Centre Ltd in November 2015, Lilliane worked as a Payable Assistant Accountant with Precision Air Plc.



Office Administrator

Lilian Lugola is the Office Administrator at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. She holds a Higher Diploma in Business Administration from Eastern and Southern African Management Institute and a Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy from Centre for Foreign Relations and Diplomacy. She is presently pursuing a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Management with Open University of Tanzania.

Before joining SAGCOT Centre Ltd, Lilian worked as Administration Officer for JHPIEGO and in the same capacity at World Vision. She also worked as a Customer Care Representative for Airtel after serving as Administration Officer for Oceanic Bay Hotel and Resorts. Prior to that, Lilian was the Operations Coordinator at iWay Africa. Her forte is customer care, management and operations.



Office Administrator

Shazdah Sadry is the Office Administrator at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. She boasts a solid background in Office Administration and Human Resource Management. Before joining SAGCOT Centre Ltd in May 2016, Shazdah worked in similar positions in several reputable organisations, including Occasions by Jo in Kenya, Breakthrough Attorneys, First National Bank and Tanzania Cigarette Company (TCC). She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Resource Management, awarded by the Kampala International University.




Daniel Mwaklembe is a driver at SAGCOT Centre Limited. He joined SAGCOT Centre in 2014. Daniel holds the Advanced Driving Certificate, Grader II, from the National Institute of Transport, Dar es Salaam, and a Motor Vehicle Maintenance Certificate from VETA, Dar es Salaam. Prior to joining SAGCOT Centre Ltd, he worked as a driver respectively for Kanji Lalji Ltd and TANESCO.




Phillip Kundy is the Ihemi Cluster driver at SAGCOT Centre Ltd. He joined the SAGCOT Centre in 2017. Philip holds the Certificates of Advanced Driver Grader I & II from National Institute of Transport, Dar es Salaam. Before joining the SAGCOT Centre, he was a driver for the TPSF Executive Director, for Skanpihl Colas and at Tanzania Insurance co Ltd.




Said Wembe joined the SAGCOT Centre Ltd in 2013 as a driver. He holds the Certificates of Advanced Driver, Grader I & II, and the Certificate of Road Accident Prevention from the National Institute of Transport, Dar es Salaam. Before joining the SAGCOT Centre, Said was a driver for the DANIDA Project (ASPS/Ministry of Agricultural and Food Security), and a Senior Driver at the Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security.