Elieshi Lema (Chairperson)

Executive Director

E & D Vision Publishing Limited

Elieshi Lema was the first Chairperson of the TMF project’s Steering Committee and served in this capacity between 2008 and 2011. She was closely involved in the thinking that led to the formation of the TMF project and participated in setting it up between June and December 2008. This included playing advisory roles during the hiring of senior programme team members. Lema has a BA (Hons) in Literature in English from the University of Dar es Salaam and an M.A. in English (Creative Writing) from San Francisco State University. She also has a diploma in Management for Women Entrepreneurs and a certificate in Library Studies. She has served on the Boards of several African non-profits and led the implementation of projects in Tanzania, Kenya and Ethiopia, including on critical areas such as liaison with the donor community and governments.

Gervas Moshiro

Veteran journalist and media trainer

Gervas Moshiro is a seasoned media trainer. He has vast experience in the electronic media, having worked at the then Radio Tanzania Dar es Salaam in various capacities. He was the Principal of the Tanzania School of Journalism before it became the School of Journalism and Mass Communications of the University of Dar es Salaam. A holder of an MA in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota (US), Moshiro was the Vice Chairperson of the TMF project’s Steering Committee (2008-2010) and a member of the Grant Selection Committee (2012 – 2015).

Robert Mihayo

Quality Assurance Coordinator


Robert Mihayo has worked closely with the TMF project since its inception in 2008, initially serving as Vice–Chairperson and subsequently Chairperson of its Grant Selection Committee. Mihayo’s academic background includes qualifications in information science, public administration, international relations and law while his professional background is in media and development. He has previously served as Chief Editor of the Business Times, a business and economic weekly newspaper, and Manager Information Access at HakiElimu, where he also oversaw the production of many of the organisation’s media products. Robert Mihayo

Vicky Ntetema

Regulation and Standards Manager, MCT

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Halima Shariff


The Johns Hopkins University – Centre for Communications Programs

Halima Shariff is the Chairperson of the TMF Board of Directors. She is an accomplished media and communication specialist with more than 30 years of national and international media experience in both print and broadcast. Shariff holds diplomas in journalism and mass communications from Tanzania School of Journalism and Belgrade International Institute of Journalism and a Master of Journalism form Carleton University.

John Ulanga

Country Director

Trademark East Africa

John Ulanga has vast experience in grants management, gained from his work as the first executive director of the Foundation for Civil Society as well as his involvement in several grantmaker associations including the East African Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), the Association of Grantmakers and Philanthropic Institutions in East Africa, the Board of African Grantmakers Network (AGN) and the Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmaker Support (WINGS). Ulanga, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Commerce and Management (accounting major) from the University of Dar es Salaam, and an Executive Master in Development Policies and Practices from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA - Tanzania). He is a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, East Africa and the Aspen Global Leadership Network of the Aspen Institute in Colorado, USA and has been on the Board of several companies and civil society organisations in Tanzania.

Athanasia Aloyce Soka

Advocate and independent legal consultant

Athanasia Aloyce Soka was on the TMF project’s Grant Selection Committee between 2012 and 2015. She has a background in law, particularly in relation to human rights and litigation. Soka’s experience includes court litigation, of both civil and criminal cases, commercial and company law matters, labour laws and contract negotiation. In the past, Soka has been part of the Foundation for Civil Society’s Selection Committee. She holds a Bachelor of Laws, (LLB) from the University of Dar es Salaam and a Masters in Law (LLM) from the University of Zimbabwe. She is a member of several professional associations for lawyers and has served on the Boards of civil society organisations such as the Legal and Human Rights Centre (LHRC).

Aidan Eyakuze

Twaweza/Serengeti Advisers Limited

Aidan Eyakuze served on the TMF Advisory Board between 2012 and 2015, prior to which he lead the development of the project’s Phase 2 Strategic Plan (June 2012 – May 2015). Eyakuze has worked closely with TMF since 2010, providing strategic advice, financial management services and supporting the organisation’s networking and public relations drives. He brings to the new TMF Board private sector working experience and professional interest in economic policy, financial markets and emerging trends in information and communications technologies and their impact on society. Previously Associate Regional Director at the Society for International Development (SID), he currently serves on the Boards of at least three public and private sector initiatives and has an MA (Economics) acquired in 1995 from Simon Fraser University and a BSc. Honours (Economics) acquired in 1992 from Trent University.

Prudence Kamugisha Kaijage

owner/managing partner

Capacity Building and Leadership Institute

Prudence Kamugisha Kaijage served in the TMF project’s Grant Selection Committee before he was appointed to join the TMF Advisory Board. He has a background in organisational development and contributed immensely to the envisioning of an independent TMF. Kaijage brings to the Board of Directors over 22 years of development, public and private sector experience. He is well grounded in issues related to capacity development, governance, natural resources management and conservation in East and Southern Africa. He has consulted for over 50 national and international organisations and served on the Boards of several reputable organisations over the past 12 years.

Al-Amin Yusuph

Communications and information


Al-Amin Yusuph is a veteran journalist; he worked with The African for almost seven years (1999 – 2006) and has since then been involved in efforts to strengthen rural and community media with an emphasis on using communications for development. To date, he has supported the design and successful rolling out of eight new rural communications projects in Tanzania, established and successfully launched a TV production facility at Saint Augustine University Tanzania, and piloted journalism training in Seychelles and Zanzibar. He brings to the TMF Board of Directors his extensive experience in and contribution to media industry development in Tanzania, particularly towards the transformation of media for development and social accountability. Yusuph has worked with both international and local non-profits in several African countries. He trained in journalism at Maarifa Media Trust (MAMET) in 1997 and has a Masters in Information Studies from the University of Dar es Salaam (2000).

Fatma M. Alloo

Development/media consultant

Fatma Alloo is a freelance development and media consultant. She has experience in both print and electronic media, having worked as a radio producer in Uganda in the 1970s, then with The Daily News in the 1980s and having been involved in documentary film production. Alloo has been at the forefront of addressing gender and other challenges in the East African media sector. She is one of the founders of Tanzania Media Women's Association (TAMWA), Zanzibar International Film Festival and African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET).

For media practitioners to be credible and effective, they must work according to high journalistic standards. TMF seeks to encourage and support journalists as they learn and integrate these standards into their work, particularly in the pursuit of investigative and public interest stories. This applies to both individual and institutional grantees, and to some extent other media actors.


Ideation is the first step in the TMF learning chain. It provides an opportunity for journalists to pitch ideas to TMF mentors and get further guidance on how to develop their ideas into stories.


All rural dispatch and fellowship grantees are assigned a personal mentor while he or she works on the TMF-funded story. The intense engagement of a mentor aims to not only ensure high quality of work, but also to allow the journalist to learn and benefit from an experienced hand in the field. The mentor helps the grantee to reflect on their development during the grant period and on the achievements afterwards. Mentorship is done face-to-face, on email and by phone.

Institutional grantees also have the opportunity of working with a mentor. For institutional grantees, the mentor could focus on content or is someone experienced in media management, who will help them as they develop their projects, focussing as needed on conceptual input and providing feedback when necessary. TMF will also, when necessary, link institutional grantees with experts who can help enhance their work. This intensive engagement between grantees, mentors and experts is key to producing high quality journalism among TMFs institutional grantees.

Master Classes

As part of its continued commitment to build on and improve the capacity of media practitioners in Tanzania, TMF will host a number of lectures where media experts will run sessions with media actors. The objective of these sessions is to catalyse debate and introduce new and innovative developments in journalism. Master classes will focus on different disciplines of the media industry. The objective is to create space where journalists and media actors can learn from each other and benefit from the wisdom of accomplished practitioners of their specific areas of journalism. We will publish any upcoming masterclasses on our website.

Short Courses

TMF intends to offer a number of short courses to individual journalists in Tanzania. Courses offered in 2017 will focus on strengthening investigative and public journalism as well as data, online and new media journalism,  entrepreneurial journalism and multimedia reporting. We will publish any upcoming short courses on our website.

Our new 2017 learning activities will also include opportunities for our grants alumni.


Fausta Musokwa

Interim Executive Director

Fausta Musokwa has over 12 years of experience in civil society, media and strategic communications work. She has competencies in writing and editing, visual and online communication, advocacy, policy analysis and programme management. Fausta holds an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology and English from the University of Cape Town and a postgraduate degree in Social Development and Communication from the University of Wales.

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Dr George Mwita

Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Dr. George N. Mwita holds a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Strategic Management) from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, as well as a Master of Science in Applied Statistics, a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics (statistics) and Computer Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and a post-graduate diploma in M&E of population, health and development programmes from the University of Nairobi. He has expertise in managing research teams, M&E of programmes including development of M&E plans, M&E methodologies and indicators; undertaking baseline surveys, process, mid-term, and end-term evaluations.

Raziah Quallatein Mwawanga

Senior Content Programme Officer

Raziah Mwawanga holds a Masters of Science in Development Policy and Practice for CSO's from Bradford University and a Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies from Kimmage Development Studies Center, Ireland Development Policy and Practice for CSOs from Bradford University. Raziah has 20 years combined media, civil society,Development, Project Management and Grant Making experience. She has worked as a camera person and Television Producer, Gender, Policy and Human Rights advocate and lobbyist with Tanzania Media Women's Association (Tamwa). She has worked on both Individual and institutional grants management portfolios as a programme and learning officer. She is currently in charge of managing institutional grants content production.

Dastan Kamanzi Raphael

Senior Knowledge Management Advisor

Dastan holds a Master’s degree in Mass Communication from St. Augustine University of Tanzania, and a BA (hons) in Culture and Heritage (Archaeology and Philosophy) from the University of Dar es Salaam. He has over six years’ experience in project management, new media learning facilitation and media content analysis. His skills include proposal writing, capacity building, data analysis and visualization, new media and critical thinking. At TMF, he is responsible for managing all of the organisation’s learning activities, including TMF’s mentorship programme.


 Vicensia Fuko

Senior Programme Officer, Fellowships and Strategic Projects

Vicensia is a lawyer, media activist and expert in the management and coordination of media programmes in data journalism, media law and digital media. She is responsible for managing all aspects of TMF’s annual fellowship as well as developing strategic partnerships aligned with TMF’s goals. Vicensia has over eight years’ experience in management and coordination of media, legal and policy related programmes. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M) degree in Intellectual Property Law from Stockholm University and a Bachelor in Law (LL.B) from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Baraka Kiranga

ICT and Media Officer

Baraka Kiranga (27 years) is an IT and media expert, he trained more than 100 journalists on data journalism. He pursued a Bachelor degree of Science in Information Technology 2011-2014, At the Institute of Finance Management (IFM), currently he studies masters’ degree in Mass Commutations at St. Augustine University of Tanzania.Five years to come, he defines himself as a media-strategist aligns IT, media with human development in Africa. 

Joyce Jacob

Assistant programmme officer

As assistant programme officer, Joyce is responsible for all programme related administrative work. She has five years of experience in grant administration and is a holder of a business administration certificate from Amazon College, Dar es Salaam. Before moving to the programme department, Joyce worked as a receptionist for the TMF project between 2008 and 2012. Prior to that, she was secretary to the general manager at Protea Courtyard. Joyce has also worked as a nurse at Burhani Health Centre.

Mwita Chegere

Management Accountant

Mwita Chegere, the Management Accountant at TMF, has over eight years of experience in accounting and finance. He has competencies in accounting, finance, management accounting and grants management. Mwita holds an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of Dar es Salaam.

Elizabeth Fernandes Mtui

Human Resource Assistant

Elizabeth Fernandes Mtui, is an Assistant Human Resource and Administration Officer at Tanzania Media Foundation. She has extensive hands-on experience leading Administration and HR initiatives including performance management, recruiting, employee relations, compliance reporting, training and development and benefits administration. Elizabeth holds a Bachelor in Public Administration from Mzumbe University with a major in Public Service Management. She is currently pursuing a Master’s in Human Resource Management from the Open University of Tanzania.

Fortunatha Mmari

Senior Grants Monitoring Officer

TMF’s senior grants monitoring officer has over 10 years of experience and competencies in finance, audit and grant management. Fortunatha holds a B.Com Accounting  degree from the University of Dar es Salaam and a postgraduate diploma in tax management from the Institute of Finance and Management in Dar es Salaam.

Alex Kanyambo

Grants Manager

Alex KanyamboBio coming soon

Aurelia Lusasi

Account assistant

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Amani Kija

Grants Administration and Strategic Support Officer

Amani Kija Bio coming soon

Florah Lazaro

Financial Accountant.

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Ally Bukuku

Finance and Investment Manager

Ally Bukuku Bio coming soon

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