David L. Ross,
Managing director, Statera Capital Limited.

David L. Ross is Managing Director of Statera Capital, a global advisory and impact investment banking firm founded in 2004 in New York City focusing on investments in Sub-Saharan Africa. Statera Capital has team members in 7 African nations and is active on projects in renewable energy, biofuels, housing, transportation, telecom infrastructure, health care, oil and gas, equipment leasing, consumer and other sectors.

David has 15 years experience serving clients including World Bank, USAID, Financial Sector Deepening Trust, HSBC, AIG, JP Morgan Chase, Pfizer, Johnson & Johnson, Credit-Suisse, Morgan Stanley, as well as frontier market SMEs and project developers.

Recently David was successful in facilitating five energy transactions in Tanzania for an total of $50 million USD in investment in 2014. In addition, David organized and implemented an energy finance workshop training for top 7 banks in Tanzania as well as co-organizing Tanzania's largest ever forum on business investment with $7 billion USD of investable capital for private equity investments in collaboration with the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation. David has served as a Technical Advisor to the Shell Petroleum Local Content Fund in Nigeria in collaboration with 5 banking institutions.

David began his consulting career with Ernst & Young serving large corporate customers before moving on to independent emerging and frontier markets financial consulting across over 40 countries.

David has an undergraduate degree in Information Systems and International Business from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MBA in Finance from NYU-Stern School of Business, and serves as an Adjunct Professor at Carnegie Mellon University teaching topics of globalization and development.

Mr. Nestory Phoye, Managing Director, Proactive Solutions (T) Ltd
Nestory, 36 yrs old Tanzanian serving as Managing Director- Proactive Solutions (T) Ltd providing services in the Oil and Gas industry serving clients in HR and Personnel requirement in any local circumstances. He is a graduate from the University of Dar es salaam in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.

After graduation he held different positions as Human Resources Manager and later on as Human Resources Director with Remote Site Solutions in the Mnazibay- Oil and Gas exploration project with Artumas Energy as client. Nestory went through different training into Labor laws, Health and safety and Human resources management.

During Nestory tenure he was instrumental into HR-management for project personnel and specifically working with all subcontractors with a combined workforce of more than 1000 people. Nestory was instrumental and key contact person for local and expatriate personnel for Remote Site Solutions, Nabors Drilling international, Samchem, BJ Services, Mud logging, Geokinetics, and many more. After 4 well drilling program completion in 2008 Nestory joined Proactive Solutions as Managing Director, in which he still holds this position to-date

Wineaster Anderson (PhD.) Associate Professor of Marketing at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania since 2001.
She holds PhD (2008) and Masters (2005) in Tourism and Environmental Economics from University of Balearic Islands, Spain; MBA (2001) and Bachelor of Commerce (1999) from University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Professor Anderson was formerly an Associate Dean and Dean of the University of Dar es Salaam Business School and Director of Quality Assurance for the University of Dar es Salaam.

Professor Anderson has researched and published widely in the areas of innovation and sustainability in tourism resources, ecotourism strategies and tourism supply value chains in Tanzania and Mediterranean destinations, tourism economics and management, trade competitiveness in developing economies, internationalization for poverty alleviation as well as gender and marketing.

Professor Anderson is a recipient of various honors including the 2015 Women of Achievement Award in Tanzania at national level (TWAA), the Highly Commended African Management Research Fund Award (Emerald/ALCS) in 2010 and The Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung Honor for the Best Essay (1999) on East Africa Community - Towards sustainable regional integration in East Africa.

She has served and continues to serve various governmental committees and boards including currently chairing the Technical Advisory Committee to the Minister of Natural Resources and Tourism, United Republic of Tanzania; the National Council for Technical Education - Business, Tourism and Planning Board; Natural Resources and Sustainable Tourism in Africa; Grain to Grow Foundation and Association of Women in Tourism in Tanzania.

Prof. Anderson has undertaken several consultancy assignments in tourism and hospitality sector under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism, Ministry of Education and Vocational Education, Zanzibar Association of Tourism Investors and International Labor Organization on various occasions.

Dr. Camillus D. N. Kassala, Lecturer & Dean of Students, Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre

Dr. Camillus is a Research Fellow, Extractive Industry Interfaith Standing Committee for Socio-economic Justice & Integrity of Creation Lecturer & Dean of Students Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre, Dar es Salaam – Tanzania.

Having taught for 10 years (Maths, Chemistry, Physics, English Language) in intermediate higher learning institutions, in 1990 he joined the Institute of Finance Management (IFM) as a lecturer, got a Master’s (1994, Warwick University-UK) in sociolinguistics and followed a PhD course (2004-2009, Groningen University-Netherlands). His thesis was about ‘Critical Sociolinguistic Competence in Strategic Managerial Performance’, and taught International Business Communication at IFM until he retired in July, 2011.

He is currently serving as Dean of Students and Senior Lecturer at the Eastern Africa Statistical Training Centre, Dar es Salaam – Tanzania. Dr. Kassala, is also currently working with the Interfaith Standing Committee for Socioeconomic Justice and Integrity of Creation in Extractive Industry. The Committee comprises the leaders of the faiths’ communities in Tanzania, under the National Muslim Council (BAKWATA), Christian Council of Tanzania (CCT), and Tanzania Episcopal Conference (TEC).

His area of involvement is socio-economic justice in extractive industry (mining, oil and gas). He is now developing a Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) index to measure the contribution of mining investors to the welfare of the local communities in mining areas.

Mr. Albert Rweyemamu, Senior Underwriter
African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI)


Mr. Albert Rweyemamu joined the African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI) in October 2006, where his main responsibility is to develop business with the banking industry.
Prior to joining ATI, Mr. Rweyemamu held the Sr. Economist and Credit Analyst positions at the Bank of Tanzania where he designed and implemented the Bank’s Small-Medium-Sized- Enterprises Credit Guarantee Scheme and evaluated the Export Processing Zone and other economic programmes that could potentially impact the Tanzanian economy.

Mr. Rweyemamu holds a Master’s of Science degree in International Money and Banking from Birmingham University in the United Kingdom and a Bachelors of Economics degree from Shivaji University, India.

Mrs. Rose John Tesha, Programme Manager
VSO Tanzania Secure Livelihoods (Job Creation)


Mrs. Rose John Tesha is the VSO Tanzania Secure Livelihoods (Job Creation) Programme Manager. She holds a Master in Business Administration from University of Dar es Salaam. She has more than 14 years of experience managing development projects across Tanzania. Currently she is managing a programme with three components; agriculture, private sector development and vocational skills.

The vocational skills wing is composed of two projects Enhancing Employability through the Vocational Training (EEVT) in Mtwara and Lindi and Linking Youth with Employment and Enterprise Opportunities (VNA) in Unguja and Pemba. The projects are delivered in partnership with corporate international companies, VETA, VTA and Government Ministries.

She previously worked as Corporate Social Responsibility Supervisor and Financial Advisor with Artumas Energy Tanzania, prior to that she worked on areas of private sector development under the DESEMP Finland and Tanzania Government supported project. At the beginning of her career, she also worked with a financial institution as business and credit analyst.

Mr. Godfrey Simbeye,
Executive Director
Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF)


Mr. Godfrey Simbeye is currently the Executive Director of Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) since 9th March 2012. He has a general background in business management possessing solid managerial and supervisory experience, detailed understanding and knowledge of the business policies and processes, excellent decision making skills, excellent leadership skills, business planning and budgeting competences, ability to conduct and direct work on projects, interpersonal and negotiation skills, excellent communication in a clear and concise manner, ability to analyse private sector advocacy issues and private sector development.

Mr. Simbeye has a strong background in Business and Financial Management and has experience of more that seventeen (17) years in consultancy and management of finance functions. He is a qualified accountant (ACCA) and has master degree in Information Management and Technology from University of Strathclyde in the UK.

Prior to his appointment as Executive Director, Mr. Simbeye was the Director of Finance and Human Resource development of TPSF and was responsible for managing World Bank Funds and grants from development partners of more than USD 60million.

Dr. Andrea Dall'Olio,
Lead Economist
Finance & Private Sector Development Africa, World Bank


Dr. Andrea Dall'Olio is a Lead Economist in the Finance & Private Sector Development Department of the Africa Region and since November 2012 he is based in Dar es Salaam as Sector Leader for Tanzania, Burundi, and Uganda. He is engaged in analytical and operational work in the areas of microeconomic determinants of enterprise performance, regulatory simplification, and privatization of state-owned enterprises.

In Dar es Salaam Andrea manages the World Bank’s financial and private sector portfolio. Between 2006 and 2010 Andrea lived and worked for 4 years in Central Asia. Prior to joining the World Bank Group, Andrea worked for 6 years as a management consultant at McKinsey and Co, where he advised top-tier European banks and financial institutions on credit and risk management issues. Andrea holds a PhD in Economics from Brown University (USA) and an undergraduate degree in Economics from Bocconi University, Milan (Italy).

Esther Mmbaga ,
Acting Director of Local Content at the National Economic Empowerment Council


The Council is a Government Institution which is constituted under the Prime Minister’s Office and charged with supervising, coordinating, facilitating and monitoring all economic empowerment activities including local content issues. Being the head of the Local Content Department she is responsible among other things to ensure linkages between investors with local suppliers and service providers and to promote and coordinate local content issues.

Prior to this position, Esther was serving as the Principle Legal Officer at NEEC. She has been the Legal Advisor of the Council and has handled all legal matters since the inception of the Council in 2007.

Before joining NEEC, Esther served as a Resident Magistrate at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate Court from 2003 to 2007. Esther holds a Masters Degree in Corporate and Commercial Law from the University of Dar es Salaam and is also an Advocate of the High Court.

Gideon H. Kaunda,


Graduated first as a lawyer earning his LLB degree from the University of East Africa, Dar-Es-Salaam College. He joined Chambers of the Counsel to the East African Community as Assistant legal Secretary, subsequently promoted to Senior Assistant Counsel and Principal legal Counsel, appearing as Advocate representing the General Fund Services and Corporations of the Community in the District, Magistrates` and High Courts in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya, as well as the East African Court of Appeal. Gideon Kaunda was subsequently assigned responsibility covering bilateral air services negotiations and aviation matters under the East African Civil Aviation Board before undertaking further studies as a UNDP Scholar in the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research, McGill University, Canada.

He obtained a Diploma in Air and Space law, progressively graduating with a Masters Degree (LLM) and a PhD (DCL). Following his Masters Degree and whilst pursuing his PhD, Dr. Kaunda was appointed by the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania as its first Permanent Representative on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a United Nations Specialised Agency on Aviation and Air Navigation, based in Montreal, Canada. During his tenure on ICAO Council, Gideon Kaunda became the first African to be elected First Vice Chairman of the Standing legal Committee of ICAO since its inception more than seven decades ago. Having completed his tour of international diplomatic duties, Dr. Gideon H. Kaunda was recalled back to the Tanzania Ministry of Communications and Transport to assume responsibility as Principal Air Navigation Officer and Director of Air Transport, in addition to being Personal Assistant to the Permanent Secretary and Advisor to the Minister.

At various stages, as a Senior Government Officer, Gideon Kaunda also served in a number of high profile technical and professional assignments taking up appointments in various national and intergovernmental institutions, notably as the World Bank Consultant on SADC Airlines Study, the UNDP Civil Aviation Specialist, the European Union (EU) Consultant on AFCAC, Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), Consultant on Surface and Air Transport Infrastructure Study, COMESA Expert on Joint Use and Aircraft Maintenance Bases, Ethiopian Airlines Wide Body Aircraft Joint-Use Consultant, and the Lesotho Government Consultant on the Revised National Civil Aviation Policy. Heading an Airlines Task Force as Chief Co-ordinator, he supervised the development of a joint regional carrier project, which constituted the nucleus of Alliance Air, a joint airline established by the Governments of Tanzania, South Africa and Uganda, whose maiden flight took place on July 1st 1995.

He then served as Special Assistant to the Managing Director of Alliance Air, until 2000. In 2001 he became an Associate Director, DCDM, a Mauritius based Consulting firm of Business Integrators, Auditors and Accountants
Being among the renowned aviation experts and jurist, Dr. Kaunda was in 1997 appointed as one of the ICASA Arbitrators by a London Session of the Panel of Judges of the International Court of Aviation and Space Arbitration (ICASA), an institution based in Paris, France, responsible for settling disputes relating directly or indirectly to aviation and space activities, as well as airlines, telecommunications, satellites, aircraft manufacturers, aviation accidents and insurance claims. Dr. Kaunda maintains special interest in the Outer Space regime and scientific studies on telestrial bodies, as well as activities of the UN- COPUOS (Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space).

Gideon Kaunda was involved in the telecommunications and infrastructure development in collaboration with the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), in the SEMATEL joint venture company. He was also recently nominated a member of the Programmes and Matching Grants Supervisory Committee of the Private Sector Foundation (TPSF), a World Bank funded component of the Private Sector Competitiveness Project, whose aim is to provide financial grants to Enterprises and Technical Training Institutes, in order to make the Tanzania Private Sector more competitive and development oriented. His involvement in the private sector includes Directorships on the Board of a television company, TV-1, and as Governing Council Chairman of the prospective National Independent Broadcasters Association (NIBA). He runs his own private consultancy business, Pangaea Securities (EA) Ltd, an investment advisory firm.

In his professional activities, Gideon Kaunda is a Member of the Tanganyika Law Society and Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania, a Member of the International Law Society and a Life Member of the McGill Institute of Air and Space Law, Montreal, Canada. He was also a Co-opted Member of the Flight Transportation Laboratory, Centre for Advanced Engineering Study, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (MIT), Cambridge, Boston, United States of America.

Gideon Kaunda is a dedicated participant in humanitarian and charitable causes, having served as a Rotarian since 1996, becoming President of the Rotary Club of Dar-Es-Salaam from 2002-2003. Dr. Kaunda was awarded the Rotary International Paul Harris Fellowship Medal in 2002.

Dr. Kaunda's diversified professional experience and knowledge are highly enriched by extensive global travel in all continents of the world, meeting international personalities and leaders, including the Delai Lama in Ulan Bator and the Pope in a private audience at the Castle Gandolfo Summer Retreat. He is also a keen sportsman and regular squash player, for which he served as Captain from 1999 – 2001. In recognition of his devotion to humanitarian causes, in 2008 Dr. Kaunda was nominated Director for African Projects by the ABI Humanitarian Foundation, a private organization based in Hawaii, Scotland and the Philippines, whose global activities include charitable causes for the needy, the development of social-economic infrastructure and providing relief services.

Presently, Dr. Kaunda serves as Chairman, Rural Energy Agency Board (REA), and Board Director in one or two private and public corporations, including the Tanzania Chamber of Commerce Industry and Agriculture Investment Company and as Interim Chairman of the National Investment Company Ltd, (NICOL) which is a nationwide organization designed to cultivate empowerment opportunities through investment for the disadvantaged Tanzania citizens. Other areas of involvement include the following:

(a) Investment Committee Member, TCCIA Investment Company; overseeing assets worth more than 30.00 billion Tanzania shillings
(b) Founding Director, Fanikiwa Investment Company, an affiliate of TPSF;
(c) Member, Tanzania Institute of Directors;
(d) Trustee; Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology.
(e) Transaction Advisor, TPSF/Government PPP Collaboration on Railways and other infrastructure developments;
(f) Member, the Tanzania National Business Council,(TNBC)
(g) Founder and Director, VIASAT-1 Free to Air Television Network launched on 28th March, 2014 as TV-1.
(h) Participant in the Government Technical Preparatory Team for the Five Year Development Plan (FYDP- II) 2016 – 2021.
(i) Member, Court Users` Committee, Commercial Division of the High Court.

Silyvestry Koka, The Tanzanian’s famous businessman


Meet Mr. Silyvestry Koka, a Tanzanian businessman and an adventurer. He likes excitement, and has had a very interesting adventurous life so far. Managing companies with sales turnover over TZS 70 Billion per annum, Koka has a diverse range of business ventures ranging from Catering, Facility Management, Camp Sites Construction, Mobile Kitchen Services, Remote Sites, Oil and Gas Solution, Mining, Accommodation Services, Laundry Services, Function Management, Housekeeping, Restaurant, Inland Container Depot for Vehicles, Chemical Manufacturing, Procurement and Logistics, Warehousing and distribution of finished products, Clearing and Forwarding, Financial Services,

Born in 1965, Silyvestry Koka grew up in a traditional family and received his education at Lyamungo Secondary School, he then went to Tambaza High School after which he joined the National Services. Catering business idea came when he was heading a small canteen during his National Services. He is now a Majority shareholder and the Executive Chairman of AKO Group Limited a Leading Catering and Facilities Management Company in East Africa.

He is also Executive Chairman of Silver Intertrade Ltd, Brite Chemicals Ltd and Masyl; procurement and logistic company. With over 2300 employees including 7 expatriates, Silyvestry Koka always say, “The key is to import knowledge and impart it to the locals”!

Koka believes in being a stepping stone to all that he surrounds and with this in mind he has spearheaded the ventures of helping others whenever an opportunity arise. He has participates in a number of community-based activities such as the provision of water and electricity projects in Boko, Temboni, Kibaha.

As a risk taker Koka is where he is today because he does not fear to take risks and it is with this attitude that he has managed to start a Group of Companies that is doing very well. “Take calculated risk and surround yourself with best available people” says Mr. Koka as one of his key to success. Koka believes that growth came because of his motivated staff. He is planning to step down from executive position when the time is right.

Koka also being a member of the Tanzanian Parliament for the Kibaha Constituency, has availed himself in providing educational support in several ventures that require his attention to do so…he says…”education is a of vital importance only by securing the know how is when we shall be able to free ourselves from the economical bondage that we are all in”…a man of true words indeed.

Koka likes Golf and Table Tennis as busy as he is he finds time to play these games and his convenient with his Wife and 3 Kids. He is a member of GymKhana and Yatch Club.

Koka is one of the well off businessmen in the Tanzania but he still cares a lot about people. He writes to his staff a letter every month and has a big party for them every year. They can write to him whenever they like and he always replies. He enjoys talking to them and listening to their ideas. “If my staffs are happy, then my customers will be happy too,” He says.

I think there are few businessmen who have been as flamboyant and successful as Koka. I think one of the causes of his success is the way he treats his staff. He is friendly to his staff and treats them as his friends. As Koka said, “Because the staff working in the company is happy and willing to contribute their best to the company, so the profit of the company increase year by year.” And I think this is a valuable lesson for us to learn.


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