Dr Gideon H. Kaunda - Board Chair

Dr Gideon H. Kaunda(Chairman)

Dr Gideon H. Kaunda is a Corporate Lawyer and Communications and Transport Specialist with vast experience in project development and legal advisory services. He is currently the Chairman of Pangaea Securities (EA) Ltd and serves as ad hoc Arbitrator, International court on Aviation and Space Arbitration (IASA) as well as Interim Chairman of the Tanzania's National Investment Company (NICOL). He sits on the Board of the Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF) as Chairman of the Membership Services and Capacity Building Sub-Committee.

Dr Kaunda holds an LLB from the University of East Africa (Dar es Salaam College), LLM and PhD degrees from McGill University, Montreal, Canada. He has been involved variously in business integration and consultancy assignments, including corporate recovery and receivership, as well as a resource person in the Tanzania Government Civil Service Installation of Performance Management System in independent Departments. Previously, Dr Kaunda worked as Principal Assistant, Counsel and Legal Advisor to the East African Community for eight years (1969 – 1977), after which he was appointed as the Tanzania Government Representative on the Council of the international Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), for a term of six years. Having re-joined the Government in 1984, Dr Kaunda took up various consultancy assignments, PTA (COMESA), The World Bank, The European Union, amongst others, prior to being seconded as Special Assistant to Alliance Air Chief Executive in 1994.

Dr Tabitha Kiriti-Nganga - Board Member

Tabitha Kiriti-Nganga

Tabitha Kiriti-Nganga is a Professor in the School of Economics with over 30 years University teaching experience at the University of Nairobi. She attained her PhD from the University of Queensland in Australia. She is currently the thematic Head of Economic Theory in the School of Economics, the Coordinator of UNCTAD Virtual Institute, and the Co-Chair of WTO Chairs Program in the School. Her areas of interest are international trade issues, gender issues and other socio-economic issues such as poverty, social protection and health. She has attended international trade courses offered by the World Bank Institute such as WITS, Analytical and Policy Issues in Macroeconomic Management and many others.

She has won research grants from various organizations such as the International Health Policy Program in 1997, African Technology Policy Studies in 1998, AERC Research Grant in 1997 and 2001, DPM Scholarship in 2000, UNDESA in 2005, Senior Scholars Research Grant by the Organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA in 2008, UNCTAD Vi Research Grant in 2009, WTO in 2009, IDRC in 2010, WTO Chairs Program in 2011, Australian Leadership Awards in 2012, UNCRD in 2013, University of Adelaide in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, and UNCTAD in 2014 among other accomplishments. A widely published Author, she is a member of various professional organizations such as International Association of Feminist Economists (IAFFE), Association of African Women Economists (AAWE), Association of African Women on Research and Development (AAWORD) and a researcher in the African Women Research Centre.

Ms. Lily Chebet Murei - Board Member

Lily has over fourteen (14) years’ experience in Program Management experience that include Project/program assessments, design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, learning and reporting; grant management; strategic planning; project information management and knowledge management. Murei has hands on experience in stakeholders’ mobilization and partnerships management, capacity building, training, mentorship and coaching as well as action-based research and program/project based evaluation research.

Lily has previously worked with Programs and projects with national, regional and International Non-governmental Organizations (INGOs) as well with Private Sector. She has worked as Monitoring and Evaluation Advisor with Global Communities Kenya; Senior Learning Monitoring and Evaluation officer at International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) East Africa Region: M & E Technical Advisor for Management Sciences for Health (MSH) among others. As UNV, attached with UNFPA she supported Monitoring and Evaluation Directorate (MED) at former Ministry of National Planning and Development in mainstreaming population and development issues. Before joining UNDP, she worked with Kenya Private Sector Alliance as Manager for Projects & Results Management.

Lily has a Masters Degree in Project Planning and Management from the University of Nairobi and Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Sociology & Geography from Egerton University. She is currently a PHD candidate at the University of Nairobi pursuing Monitoring and Evaluation Specialization in Project Planning and Management.


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