Board Members

TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) Board Members represent leading business and civil society professionals in East Africa. The Board is chaired by Ali Mufuruki, who is CEO of Infotech Investment Group Ltd, Dar es salaam, Tanzania; Vice Chair Rob Rudy– who is a senior private sector development adviser at Department for International Development (DFID); 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.

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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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    Rob Rudy

    Vice Chair

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    Rob Rudy

    VICE CHAIR- SENIOR PRIVATE SECTOR DEVELOPMENT ADVISER, DEPARTMENT FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (DFID)

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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

    Ms Rugamba is the founder and Managing Director of Songa Africa one of the leading tour companies in East Africa. She has been involved in travel and tourism for the past 25 years, first with Euro Star in the UK, and then as Sales and Marketing Manager, British Airways, for Uganda and Central Africa. She returned to her native Rwanda to spearhead the revitalisation of the tourism Industry as Director General of Rwanda Tourism and later as Deputy CEO of the Rwanda Development Board. Ms Rugamba also serves on the board of Equity Bank, Rwanda, Sonarwa-Insurance Company and the African Parks Network. She is a special adviser on sustainable tourism in Africa, to the Secretary General of the UN World Tourism Organisation. She holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Makerere University and is an Aspen Fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative East Africa, class of 2010.

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    PATRICIA ITHAU

    Board Member

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    PATRICIA ITHAU

    Board Member- Currently: Managing Director, Patricia Ithau Ltd

    Ms Patricia Ithau is the Regional Director for the Stanford Institute for Innovation in Developing Economies Seed. She previously served as Managing Director at L’Oreal East Africa, EABL International and Uganda Breweries Ltd. She currently also serves on the boards of Barclays Bank Kenya Ltd, The Foschini Group Kenya, Strathmore University Foundation and KEPSA. Ms Ithau deepest desire is to use her experience to create opportunities that transform the quality of people’s lives in Africa. She is a Fellow of the Marketing Society of Kenya, Member of the African Leadership Network and a Member of Institute of Directors, Kenya

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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

    Mr Duncan Onyango is currently Regional Director/CEO of Acumen Fund, a social venture fund. He has served on the boards of eight major organisations in East Africa and the UK, including Rift Valley Railways Ltd, Scion Real, Philafe Engineering Ltd, Acacia Medical Centre Ltd, Botanical Extracts EPZ Ltd, Western Seed and Provident Capital Transfers Ltd (UK). He has expertise in strategic and business planning, organisational alignment and business transformation and holds an honours 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

    Mr. Earl Gast is a senior U.S. government executive with 24 years of experience in international development and foreign policy, with deep expertise in creating and implementing high-impact programming around the world. He has held various positions at USAID including Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa, Mission Director, Afghanistan, Acting Assistant Administrator / Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator, Africa Bureau and Mission Director, Ukraine.