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).