Francis Kiwanga - Board Chairman
Francis Kilian Kiwanga is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Civil Society, an independent not for profit development organisation in Tanzania. Previously Mr. Kiwanga worked as Executive Director of the Legal and Human Rights Centre, LHRC, the leading human rights organization in Tanzania and Matrix Consulting, the legal, tax and governance consulting firm based in Arusha which he co-founded. He is an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and serves as a member in various professional and social bodies including East Africa Law Society and Tanganyika Law Society.
Wanja Muguongo - Treasurer
Ms. Wanja Muguongo is the Founder and Executive Director of UHAI EASHRI (www.uhai-eashri.org), an organization that addresses the structural and systemic discrimination and marginalization that people of non-conforming sexual orientation, sexual expression, and gender identity continue to face in Africa. UHAI EASHRI is the first African activist-managed and led fund; the lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and intersex (LGBTI) people and sex worker activists themselves make decisions on who gets funded and to what amount. The organization works in Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Kenya, and Burundi, and its programs, convening role, and institutional strategic thinking and planning are done in consultation with the LGBTI and sex workers communities in each country.
A feminist and social justice activist, Ms. Muguongo has spent her entire professional career working in human rights activism, mostly within the East African civil society sector but also branching out to work in India and Pakistan. Before founding UHAI EASSHRI, she worked at the Ufadhili Trust on its East African program on Community Resource Mobilization and Volunteering. Ms. Muguongo has a master’s degree in sociology, and is fluent in English, Kiswahili, and Kikuyu. She has edited and collaborated on many publications and papers, and is a Yale World Fellow 2012.
Maryjka Sapieha Beckmann - Board Member
Maryjka Sapieha Beckmann, together with her late husband, Bengt Beckmann, founded AAR in 1984 and she remains a substantial shareholder to date of today’s East African leading health care and general insurance company. With a vision of being the provider of choice of innovative and quality health care solutions in Africa and beyond, in 1993, Maryjka and her husband took up another challenge to export the managed health care concept to Poland – Medicover - which today operates in fifteen Central and East European countries with a membership base of several million members.
On her husband’s death in 1999, Maryjka, a Kenyan of Polish extraction, and a mother of two, decided to join the AAR management team, and also sat in various capacities on Boards in the fast expanding AAR. In 2007 she set up the AAR Beckmann Trust. She was instrumental in developing the franchise aspect in AAR, as well as establishing the low-income healthcare package which is specifically targeting the greater majority of middle class citizens of the East African region. She took up the challenge to make AAR’s Corporate Social Responsibility and Investment an essential part of AAR’s business excellence. Furthermore Maryjka sits on the Board of Governors of Ruaraka Neema Uhai Hospital as well as on the Board of Trustees of The Nest Children Home.
Hirji Shah - Board Member
Hirji Shah is a Trustee of The Chandaria Foundation
He has been actively involved in several manufacturing industries, businesses and charitable organisations for over 55 years in several countries in the region including Kenya. He has served as the Chairman & Director of numerous Companies in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Mauritius, Ethiopia, Zambia and South Africa e.g. Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd., Insteel Ltd., Aluminium Africa Ltd., Uganda Baati Ltd., Safintra South Africa Ltd., etc.
He has been a Leader in numerous Development Projects and in starting up of Manufacturing Industries and Businesses. Hirji Shah has been involved in Business Membership Organizations (BMO’s) in various capacities, including Chairmanship.
Henry Kilonzo - Board Member
Henry Kilonzo is the Senior Manager - Foundations Programmes. He is glad to be part of the positive changes being witnessed in the lives of the communities where Safaricom Foundation has been investing in. He believes that solutions to development challenges facing our communities are best known to them hence the need to value their participation.
Matt Reeves - Board Member
Matt Reeves is the Aga Khan Foundation’s Global Lead for Civil Society. He has worked for over fifteen years in international development and social change organisations, supporting the design, implementation and measurement of civil society organisational, network and systems strengthening initiatives in over twenty-five countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. In his current role, Matt is responsible for the Aga Khan Foundation’s global civil society portfolio, which includes initiatives in organisational and systems strengthening, good governance and local philanthropy. Matt holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Bristol and MPA in International Management from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He has taught Masters level courses in designing/managing development initiatives and multi-stakeholder facilitation.
Rosemary Baraza - Board Member
Mrs. Rosemary K. A. Barasa is the Managing Director of The Jomo Kenyatta Foundation-Educational publishers. She is also an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya having trained at the University of Nairobi for a L.L.B Degree and a Post Graduate Diploma from Kenya School of Law, CPS(K). Mrs. Barasa is a Certified Public Secretary of Kenya and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration (Corporate Management) from KCA University. Mrs. Barasa has over 25 years of professional experience having served in various leadership positionsat Kenya Tea Development Authority (KTDA), Association of Financial Analysts (AFA E.A.), Jubilee Insurance Company and at Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB). She is also a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya (ICPSK). Mrs. Barasa is passionate about education and spends her free time mentoring students and young professionals.