Board of Directors

Stella Maranga

Stella Maranga is a Kenyan National with extensive experience in Gender Work, Women leadership and Women Peace and Security Work in Africa and beyond. She has just retired from working with the Africa Union as a Gender officer with the Africa Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM). Stella has been working on gender and women issues for over 25 years in various capacities. Her areas of interest and specialisation are leadership and governance; Women peace and security; and

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Illuminate Maerere

Ms. Illuminate Maerere (Tanzania) is a UN Retiree since end of 2016. After her retirement, she did consultancies as Management Consultant with UNDP Bangladesh (March 2017, Oct-Dec 2018, and July- October 2019); UNDP Eritrea (June -December

2017 and March to June 2019), supporting Operations and Programme Units and Advisor to Senior Management. From Feb. 2020- to Nov. 2020, she supported UNDP Nigeria to establish Service Centre at the Sub-Office in Maiduguri and Acting Service Centre Manager and Advisor on all aspects of the Sub-Office Management and Operations functions related to the effective delivery of programmatic results. From Feb. 2021-May 2021, she supported UNDP Eswatini as Management Consultant in Operations and Programme.

 From August 2021- Mid April 2022, she supported Office of Electoral Assistance/UNAMI/UNDP for Elections Project as Project Manager and Operations Advisor. At the same time supporting UNDP Fiji on part time basis.

From Sept.2022-Jan 2023 was assigned by Crisis Bureau as Operations Advisor for UNDP After Action Review for UNDP Response to the Afghanistan Crisis. The purpose of this After-Action Review was to examine the relevance, efficiency, and effectiveness of UNDP’s response to the crisis in Afghanistan, from the onset of the crisis in midAugust 2021 Also to highlight lessons learned that would help strengthen the functioning, performance, and efficiency of UNDP’s response. 

From March-Aug 2023 supporting UNDP Syria as Operations Advisor ensuring strategic direction of operations; financial resources management; human resources management; procurement and logistical services; and information and communication management. Also supporting Operations SOPs updates and Business Continuity Plan updates and simulation exercise.

She has also been providing advisory services to the Association of Certified Women Accountants in Tanzania being a Board Member, and attending various conferences and workshops organised by the Association and making presentations on SDGs, Work Life Balance, Accountants ‘Professional Ethics, IPSAS Financial Reporting as well as Monitoring & Evaluation of Projects.


Jessica Mushama

Jessica Mshama, a local Tanzanian 25 years of age. She is an entrepreneur and CEO of a sister-owned business (J Sisters Company) that owns a variety of businesses including a supermarket, a mini-industry, and a beauty parlor.
What inspired her to make a change is her Tanzanian community not being a good platform for girls’ economic independence. Society has made girls secondhand and inferior creating a mentality that girls need to be assisted and helped to be independent economically.

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Maimuna Kanyamala

Maimuna Kanyamala is an award-winning Tanzanian feminist and entrepreneur who has actively campaigned for women’s rights in Tanzania for the last 20 years. She is currently the Executive Director and Founder of Mikono Yetu- the Center4Creativity and Innovation. a female-led NGO based in Mwanza, Tanzania that finds new ways of economically empowering less advantaged women, girls to access, own and control land resource more productively, profitably and sustainably.

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Julius Remius Kejo

Julius R. Kejo is a retired Secretary General and CEO of the Tanzania Red Cross Society (TRCS), a role he served for almost four and a half years (13th Nov 2016 to 5th April 2021). Major responsibilities included providing strategic and visionary leadership with full operational responsibility in the development, implementation and evaluation of strategies to effectively address emerging issues, risks and opportunities related to humanitarian work aimed at alleviating human suffering. As a CEO, Mr. Julius R. Kejo managed bilateral and cooperative partnerships with different partners including Government Institutions/departments, International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), International of the Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies (IFRC), UN Agencies (UNHCR, UNICEF, UNFPA, WFP etc), various Red Cross National Societies and other NGOs

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Godfrey Nkwera

He is currently a senior Multimedia Producer/Developer at the Centre for Virtual Learning (CVL) College of Information and Communication Technologies (CoICT). He is involved in training Academic staff in using technology in teaching, such as Learning Management System (Moodle), and developing course materials. Godfrey has a vast experience in research methodologies, both qualitative and quantitative methods and tools. Thus, excellent in qualitative data analysis and interpretation. He has substantial experience and expertise in Nvivo, Maxqda, and Atlas. ti. These are the most powerful and popular software for qualitative and mixed-method analysis. He is also terrific in ODK Technologies for Mobile phone data collection.

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Kurt Madoerin (Honorary Member)

Dr. Kurt Madoerin is a philanthropist and sociologist who developed and applied resilience concepts in Tanzania, Africa, and the globe through tdhc-ch, Humuliza organization, REPSSI, and currently KWA WAZEE. Besides, he is a lifetime professional mentor of KJRO founders. We appreciate his investment in us!

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