Board Members

TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) is proud to announce the appointment of its new Board Members as of 25th August 2015. Members of the board represent leading business and civil society professionals in East Africa. The Board will be chaired by Ali Mufuruki, who is CEO of Infotech Investment Group Ltd, Dar es salaam, Tanzania; vice Chair Tim Lamont-Senior Growth, Trade and Investment Adviser DFID Africa regionall and who will act as Donor rep. on development/evaluation; Pascal Lamy-who served as General Director of the World Trade Organization (WTO) for two consecutive terms; Rosette Chantal Rugamba -Managing Director, Songa Africa Ltd, Rwanda; Patrick Obath-Managing Consultant at Eduardo and Associates, Kenya;Patricia Ithau of Patricia Ithau Ltd, Kenya; Anthony Masozera-CEO of Econet Wireless, Burundi and Duncan Onyango-the East Africa Regional Director of Acumen Fund, New York;Earl Gast, an independent consultant and Scott Cameron-Chief, Office of Regional Economic Integration, USAID | Kenya and East Africa.

We warmly congratulate our highly qualified Board members on their appointment and we look forward to working with them closely!

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    Ali Mufuruki

    Board Chair

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    Ali Mufuruki

    Board Chair- Currently: Chairman and CEO of Infotech Investment Group Ltd, Dar es salaam, Tanzania

    Ali Mufuruki is a Tanzanian entrepreneur, philanthropist, public speaker and leadership coach. A Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute Class of 2001, Ali co-founded the Africa Leadership Initiative in 2002 whose mission is to engage the energy and talent of emerging leaders in Africa in order to release their potential to build a good society for their nations. He is co-founder and chairman of the CEO Roundtable of Tanzania, a policy dialogue forum that brings together more than 130 CEOs of leading companies in Tanzania. This group engages regularly with the senior government leadership of Tanzania to find solutions for the country’s economy. He is owner, Chairman & CEO of Infotech Investment Group LTD, a family business that has interests in ICT, media, telecoms, private equity, retail and real estate across a number of countries in Africa and Europe.

    Ali is currently Chairman of the Boards of Msingi LTD (Kenya), Legacy Capital Partners Ltd (Tanzania), Trademark East Africa (Kenya) and Chai Bora Ltd (Tanzania). He is also a member of the Governing Board of the Media Council of Tanzania (MCT), Board Director of BlueTown Holdings Ltd (Denmark), AMSCO (Netherlands) and Wananchi Group HOLDINGS LTD of Kenya. He previously served on the Board of the Tanzania Central Bank where he became the first ever independent chairman of the Audit Committee. He also served on the Board of Directors of Technoserve, Inc. of Washington, DC and the Nation Media Group of Kenya. Mufuruki graduated with a B.Sc. in Mechanical Design Engineering from Reutlingen University, Germany in 1986 and lives in Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania his wife and four children.

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    TIM LAMONT

    Board Vice-Chair

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    TIM LAMONT

    Board Vice-Chair – Donor rep. on development/evaluation

    Tim Lamont is the Senior Growth, Trade and Investment Adviser for DFID’s Africa Regional Department. Currently based in Dar es Salaam, he supports regional economic integration and market systems development in East Africa and has been a lead advisor on TMEA since its inception. Lamont is an economic and private sector development expert with specialisation in trade, financial sector, business advocacy, investment climate and value chain issues. He has 19 years of experience in East Africa. As well as managing DFID funded programmes in Burundi, Kenya and Tanzania, he has held long-term advisory positions prior to joining DFID within government ministries in Rwanda and Uganda.

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    Pascal Lamy

    Board Advisor

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    Pascal Lamy

    Board Advisor

    From September 2005 to August 2013, Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms as General Director- of the World Trade Organization (WTO). A committed European and member of the French Socialist party, he was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994. He then joined the Credit Lyonnais as CEO until 1999, before returning to Brussels as European Trade Commissioner until 2004. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from HEC School of Management, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

    Pascal Lamy was appointed, in Mai 2015, interministerial delegate for the preparation of the French candidature for the Universal Exhibition 2025. He shares his other activities between the Jacques Delors Institute (President emeritus), the presidency of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, the vice-presidency of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), the Co-chair of the Equitable Access Initiative (Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria), his participation to the Global Ocean Commission and UNAIDS as well as different subjects related to international affairs. He is also President of the Board of Directors of the Musiciens du Louvre of Grenoble MDLG (Orchestra of Marc Minkowski), member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, Transparency International France and the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE), member of the Advisory Board of Transparency International and of the Oxford Martin School and affiliate Professor at HEC. He also currently serves as chair of the Global Agenda Council on global governance at the World Economic Forum.

    Pascal Lamy is author of various books and reports on global governance, Europe and international trade. His latest publications are: Oxford Martin Commission: “Now for the long term” (2013, http://www.oxfordmartin.ox.ac.uk/downloads/commission/Oxford_Martin_Now_for_the_Long_Term.pdf ) ; “The Geneva Consensus” (Cambridge University Press, 2013); “Quand la France s’éveillera” (Odile Jacob, 2014)

    In a recent poll casted by the British magazine Prospect (April 2014), Pascal Lamy is in the top 50 of the world’s leading thinkers. He is also ranked among the 100 most influential thinkers of the “Thought leader Map 2015” published by the Gottlieb Duttweiler Institute.

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    Patrick Obath

    Board Member

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    Patrick Obath

    Board Member

    Patrick Obath is managing consultant for Eduardo Associates, a private practice consultancy specializing in energy and management optimization. Prior to Eduardo, Patrick worked for Shell in Africa, Asia, and Europe, including a period as the managing director and county chairman for Kenya Shell Limited and Shell Tanzania. He holds a BS in mechanical engineering from Nottingham University and is a member of the Institute of Petroleum (UK), the Petroleum Institute of East Africa, and the Institution of Engineers in Kenya. He once served as chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance and of PZ Cussons EA Limited. He sits on the boards of Afren Plc, African Alliance Investment Bank, Kenya Power and Lighting Company, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Limited and Wanachi Holdings Limited and is an honorary director of the Kenya Cultural Centre Council and Liverpool VCT. He was awarded the Order of the Grand Warrior (OGW) in 2009 and the Order of the Moran of the Burning Spear (MBS) in 2011 by H.E. the President of the Republic of Kenya. Patrick is a Fellow of the second class of the African Leadership Initiative-East Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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    ROSETTE CHANTAL RUGAMBA

    Board Member

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    ROSETTE CHANTAL RUGAMBA

    Board Member- Currently: Managing Director, Songa Africa Ltd

    Rosette Rugamba is an Aspen Global leadership Network fellow and Special Advisor to the Secretary General United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) on sustainable tourism in Africa – now managing Songa Africa Ltd. She previously served as Deputy CEO Rwanda and Director General of the Rwandan Office for Tourism and National Parks. She currently serves as the board chair of the Women Chamber -Private Sector Federation. She also serves as a board member of Equity Bank Rwanda, Sonarwa Insurance Company, African Parks Network- South Africa, Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund International and Population Services International Rwanda (PSI)

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    PATRICIA ITHAU

    Board Member

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    PATRICIA ITHAU

    Board Member- Currently: Managing Director, Patricia Ithau Ltd

    Patricia Ithau is the Managing Director/Founder of her own consultancy firm, Patricia Ithau Ltd. She previously served as Managing Director at L’Oreal East Africa, EABL International and Uganda Breweries Ltd. She currently serves on the boards TMEA, KEPSA, The Foschini Group Kenya, Strathmore Business School and is a Council Member of Strathmore University. She was one of the inaugural Board Members of BrandKenya and has also been a Director of the Kenya Tourism Board. She is a Fellow of the Marketing Society of Kenya (MSK) and an accredited Executive Coach. Patricia posts 25 years’ experience growing some of the world’s leading fast moving consumer brands across a variety of challenging markets in Africa and internationally. As the board chair of a Kenyan health facility, she led the facility to undertake an ambitious expansion plan and change program, opening 2 other hospitals within Nairobi (2010-2012), as well as spearheading a Professional Society (Chair, Marketing Society of Kenya 2004/2005) in a national initiative to create a country branding strategy, policy and mindset change. She is the holder of a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the Nairobi University and an MBA from the United States International University-Africa (USIU).

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    Anthony Masozera

    Board Member

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    Anthony Masozera

    Board Member- Currently: CEO, Econet Wireless, Burundi

    Anthony Masozera is currently the CEO of Econet Wireless, Burundi. He has previously served as CEO of MTN Guinea. He currently serves as board member of Econet Wireless Burundi, Higher Life Foundation and Burundi Backbone System. Masozera posts 18 years’ experience leading companies to accelerate revenue growth. His areas of expertise include Executive Management & Leadership, Financial Management and Strategic Business Planning.

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    Duncan Onyango

    Board Member

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    Duncan Onyango

    Board Member- Currently: Acumen Fund, New York – Regional Director/CEO – East Africa

    Duncan Onyango is Director of East Africa for Acumen Fund Inc., a nonprofit global venture fund that invests in companies, leaders and ideas to change the way the world tackles poverty. Onyango oversees Acumen’s portfolio of companies working in agriculture, energy, education, health care, housing and water and sanitation. Since 2007 Acumen has invested more than $35 million in social enterprises across East Africa which have impacted more than 85 million lives, mainly women and youth. Prior to Acumen, Onyango served as the Group Chief Finance Officer of Rift Valley Railways, where he led the structuring of a $287M debt and equity capital investment in the rail sector. He began his career with over ten years at Abbey National, a major international bank in London, gaining cross-functional business experience in both the retail and corporate arms of Abbey, including serving as the bank’s Head of Training & Management Development for the Wealth Management Division. Building on that experience, Onyango moved into consulting at Strategic Workforce Limited in London, before returning to East Africa where he founded Quantum Africa in 2006, working with many small businesses and entrepreneurs. He has expertise in strategic & business planning, organizational alignment, investment management and business transformation. Onyango holds an honors degree in Computing and Retail Management from Oxford University.

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    Scott Cameron

    Board Member

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    Scott Cameron

    Board Member- Currently: Chief, Office of Regional Economic Integration, USAID | Kenya and East Africa

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    Earl Gast

    Board Member

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    Earl Gast

    Board Member

    Earl Gast is a senior international advisor for Africa. Gast, was the Assistant Administrator for Africa at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) prior to joining the firm. In this role, he oversaw development policy for Africa, contributing to President Obama’s Strategy for Africa, and he played a leading role in creating three major presidential development initiatives: Power Africa; the Young African Leaders Initiative; and Trade Africa. He introduced new approaches to financing development, leveraging billions of dollars of private capital toward development initiatives. He led USAID’s largest bureau of more than 3,000 employees and oversaw a development portfolio of more than $7 billion in 49 African countries. Prior to this appointment, Gast served as USAID’s Mission Director in Afghanistan, overseeing the Agency’s largest program in its history, which was providing $4 billion in assistance to increase stability through agriculture, economic development, education and governance