Board of Directors

(Left to right) Minister Augustine Mahiga, Ann Hanin, Judith Smith, Jakava Kikwete, President of Tanzania, Stephen Smith

Judith C. Smith, Chairman of the Board of Directors

Mrs. Smith is a Co-Founder of the Maktaba Project She has actively been involved in the volunteer world for over 40 years, serving on various Boards and chairing numerous benefits.  Professionally, she handled Public Relations and Publicity for the Detroit Performing Arts Center and later the Merrill Palmer Institute.  After moving to La Jolla, she opened an award winning retail shop in La Jolla, CA and consulted nationally on entertaining and flower design. Her focus has remained on promoting arts education for children, and she was a Trustee and served  as Chair of the Education Committee of the La Jolla Playhouse. Mrs. Smith has a B.A. from Connecticut College.

 

Augustine P. Mahiga, Managing Director and CEO,

Mr. Mahiga is a Co-Founder of the Maktaba Project. He has been appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs by Tanzanian President John Magufuli in December 2015. Previously, he was the Special Representative of the Secretary General for the United Nations Political Office for Somalia from May 2010 until 2013. Until May 2010, Dr. Mahiga was the Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations.  He led the Tanzania team as non-permanent member of the Security Council, 2005-2006 and was President of the Council in January 2006.  Prior to his appointment in May 2003, he worked for 10 years with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva as Deputy Director for Africa and Representative in Liberia, India and Italy.  Previous positions included teaching at the University of Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania; Director of the President’s Office; and a Diplomat in Ottawa and Geneva.  A graduate of the Universities of East Africa (Dar-es-Salaam) and Toronto (Canada) in International Relations, Dr. Mahiga has researched and written on regional cooperation, conflict resolution, peace building and related humanitarian and development issues in Africa.  From 2009 to 2010 he chaired an independent study on Protection of Civilians sponsored by the UN Department of Peacekeeping and Humanitarian Affairs.

 

Jill Bishop

Ms. Bishop currently serves as the Executive Director of the TET Foundation, appointed by His Excellency President Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania, and is President of BGTZ, Ltd., a boutique advisory services firm based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with an office in Atlanta, Georgia USA. She has extensive international experience in strategy and implementation of international programs within the corporate, government and development sectors, with an emphasis on education and socio-economic policy. She routinely supports leaders throughout Africa and in the Diaspora to develop innovative strategies and partnerships that will advance the growth, development and education agendas of Africa in order to ensure its sustainable future. Ms. Bishop holds an Executive MBA from the London School of Economics and Political Science; the HEC School of Management, Paris; and the New York University Stern School of Business (TRIUM) and has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from Rutgers University. She is a Board Member of Bumbuli Development Corporation and Courage Worldwide Tanzania Foundation Against Sex Trafficking, and an Advisory Committee Member of the Qualcomm Technical Education Committee.

 

Colleen Daly

Ms. Daly is the past Development Director of the The American Academy in Rome, based in New York City and Rome. Formerly she was the Executive Director of the Community Library, a privately funded public library founded in 1955 in Ketchum, Idaho. In the late 1980s Colleen was a staff member of the Library, and she later served on the Library’s Board of Directors. She has been the editor of several magazines based in Sun Valley, Idaho, and Napa, California, and briefly was the managing editor of a small scholarly publication titled Libraries and Culture, published at the University of Texas at Austin. She is currently working as a freelance book editor.

 

Jeffrey Dunigan

Mr. Dunigan has been an Account Vice President at UBS Securities since April 2010.  In that capacity he works with individuals and non-profit organizations, developing and implementing investment policies. Prior to joining UBS, he was an advisor at Smith Barney (now Morgan Stanley Smith Barney) for 17 years.  His work with clients in planned-giving strategies has resulted in over $25 million in gifts to charities.  Jeff serves on the Planned Giving advisory committees of the Scripps Foundation, The Salk Institute, University of California at San Diego, and University of San Diego.  He is a former board member of the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and remains involved with the Commission.  In 2008 Jeff worked as a volunteer both with The International Theatre &Literacy Project and the Jifundishi Free Library Foundation in Arusha, Tanzania.  A native of Los Angeles, he has been a resident of San Diego for over 25 years, and currently lives in La Jolla. Mr. Dunigan has a B.A. from the University of Southern California.  

 

Marlene Fletcher

Mrs. Fletcher is President of Fletcher & Associates, a real estate acquisition, financing and management entity.  She manages her families investments which encompass multi-family, commercial and residential properties in the United States and abroad.  Mrs. Fletcher founded her first business, The Cookie Jar Bakery/Café in1978 in Seattle, WA.  The award winning products were greeted enthusiastically which enabled her to grow the company to 7 stores throughout the Seattle area including a location at the famous Pike Place Market as well as being one of the first independent businesses to be asked by Costco to open a store at their Federal Way location.  After running her enterprise for 17 years, she sold her business to Tully’s Coffee Co.  Mrs. Fletcher is a former Foundation Board Director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; founding member of Serap Capital; Member of The Rainer Club – a prestigious business club in Seattle founded in 1888.  She was the first woman appointed to chair the Wine Committee.  A native of California, Mrs. Fletcher is married to James Fletcher and resides in Seattle, WA.  

 

Russell Granet

Mr Granet is the Executive Director of the Lincoln Center Institute (LCI). LCI is the educational cornerstone of the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. Mr. Granet was the founder of Arts Education Resource (AER) in New York City.  He is an internationally recognized leader in arts education with more than 20 years of experience.  Russell founded AER after a decade at the Center for Arts Education (CAE) – The NYC Annenberg Challenge where he was Director of Professional Development. Prior to joining CAE, he was Director of Education at the American Place Theatre and a senior teaching artist at the Creative Arts Team.  He has been on the faculty at New York University since 1995 where he developed and teaches the course Drama with Special Populations.  He serves on the boards of The Association of Teaching Artists and The American Place Theatre and was a founding board member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable, and the chair of arts education for the Columbia County (NY) Arts Council and formerly on the international faculty for VSA arts, founded by Ambassador Jean Kennedy Smith.  A frequent commencement and keynote speaker, conference presenter and panelist on arts education, Russell has worked on projects in Egypt, England, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey, Mexico and throughout the United States.  He has a B.S. from Emerson College in Communication, Diploma, Graduate Program, London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and holds an M.A., New York University, Graduate School of Education.

 

Ambassador Mark Green

Ambassador Green in December 2013 was appointed the President of the International Republican Institute (“IRI”). Prior to joining IRI he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Imitative for Global Development. And prior to that was the Sr. Director for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), a He is also a member of the Board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, having been nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in December 2010, and Co-Chair of the Consensus for Development Reform.  Prior to joining USGLC, he was a Managing Director at Malaria No More.  He also served as the US Ambassador to Tanzania (2007-2009), where he was the public face of the American community, and led a mission of more than 350  US and Tanzanian nationals.  He served in the U.S. Congress (WI-8) (1998-2006) and in the Wisconsin State Assembly (R-Green Bay) (1992-98).  Prior to his public service, he practiced law at Godfrey & Kahn in Wisconsin, taught and established a school library in western Kenya through WorldTeach, and served as Editor at Krause Publications in Wisconsin.  Ambassador Green received his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and his J.D. at the University of Wisconsin School of Law.  In addition to his roles with USGLC and the MCC, he serves on the Aidmatrix Governor’s Advisory Board, and on the Boards of Mothers Day Every Day (a project of CARE and White Ribbon Alliance), the Tanzania Education Initiative, and World Teach.  He is also Vice-Chairman of the Kupona Foundation, which provides support for a hospital in Tanzania.

 

Ann Hanin

Ms. Hanin is a Co-Founder of the Maktaba Project, has combined her enthusiasm and experience as a director of library services with administrative and technological expertise to produce state-of-the-art automated library services as well as young people who love to read.  She has worked as an educator and Library Media Specialist creating and administering library media centers throughout New York City.  Throughout her career she has utilized her administrative and technological expertise to produce state-of-the-art automated library services as well as young people who love to read.  She authored the library component of a $2.2 million grant proposal resulting in an award of over $200,000 to automate libraries in a tri-school confederation serving more than 700,000 students.  As a consultant to the National Endowment for the Humanities and New York University’s National Arts Education Center, Ann used her analytical and collaborative skills assisting researchers to achieve consensus and create national models in arts education.  She also launched and coordinated high-school student exchange programs in New York City enabling over 400 students from Japan, France, Germany, England, Israel, and the United States to benefit from cross-cultural education, enrichment, and friendships.  Ann has a B.A. in Political Science and a Masters in Library Science from Queens College of the City University of New York.

 

Iain Hunter

Mr. Hunter lives and works in London and was the Co-Founder and CEO of HS Dominion, a brand consulting practice launched in New York City and subsequently in London.  He is now Group Commercial Director & Head of Client Service at MGA Group, a London-based integrated communications agency with clients in the UK, North America and the Middle East.  Iain’s career spans 28+ years in the branding business in London, New York, Melbourne, Sydney and Hong Kong.  He has worked with some of the world’s largest brands across many channels and disciplines including American Express, Unilever, DuPont, Kimberly-Clarke, Coca-Cola, American Red Cross and AT&T, built a significant national advertising agency network in Australia and held a global role with Ogilvy Worldwide.  He was Chairman of the Board of the International Theatre Literacy Project for 5 years, a not for profit that promotes English literacy in young students in developing countries through theatre playwriting workshops. He visited Tanzania for the ITLP Summer Program in 2007.  In Australia, he served on the Victorian Board of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), chairing the Red Nose Day Ball Committee.  Iain has a Bachelors of Human Resource Administration from the University of Technology in Sydney.

 

Dr. Fredrica D. Kramer

Dr. Kramer is an Independent Consultant based in Washington, DC.  For more than 30 years, Dr. Kramer’s work has focused on social welfare and poverty issues, including research, evaluation, performance measurement and program development.  Her work has largely concerned remedial strategies for disadvantaged populations.  Fredrica is experienced in research and evaluation methods for complex policies and programs, including implementation, impact analysis and experimental design, and teaches these subjects at the graduate level.  She has worked in a variety of settings, including federal, state and local governments, national nonprofit organizations, and research think tanks, and has provided advice to expert panels at the national level and to local organizations developing human services. She is also a nationally recognized expert on policies and programs involving grassroots and faith-based organizations delivering publicly-funded services, has written and spoken extensively on research and evaluation of such services, and is currently completing a book on the subject for the Urban Institute Press.  Dr. Kramer received a B.A. in Political Science, University of California at Berkeley; Masters in Urban Policy, Hunter College, City College, City University of New York; MPA, University of Southern California; DPA, School of Policy, Planning & Development, University of Southern California.

 

Professor Makenya A.H. Maboko PhD

Professor Maboko is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academics at the University of Dar es Salaam.  He graduated from the University of Dar in 1981 and received an M.S. degree in 1984.  From 1985 to 1989, he pursued a PhD at the Australian National University and was subsequently a visiting lecturer at the Department of Geology and Geophysical Sciences at Princeton University.  As a specialist in Metamorphic and Isotop Geology, he returned to the University of Dar es Salaam in 1991, achieving a full professorship in 2002.  He is published extensively in his area of specialization and is an internationally respected academic.  Professor Maboko has served as an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science between 1994 and 2002, as coordinator of University Matriculation between 2002 and 2003, and as the Director of Undergraduate Studies until his recent appointment as Deputy Vice Chancellor.  He has also served in a number of key university committees ever since his appointment as Associate Dean in 1994.  

 

Marcy Raphael

Ms. Raphael is a private IT consultant specializing in tailored solutions for small businesses and individuals.  She offers an intelligent, commonsense approach to adopting technologies that complement one’s life and work.  Marcy engages each client to choose and learn the technology that will provide the greatest benefit, consciously keeping the process manageable.  Living in San Diego since 1987, she has consulted and volunteered for a number of nonprofits over the years as both an IT specialist and a graphic designer.  Marcy has also worked as a freelance writer, editor and publisher.  While living in Minneapolis in the 1980’s she owned her own art business, worked as a chef, and finished her college degree in Urban Studies with an emphasis in law.  She attended Carleton College and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.  

 

Ambassador Paul Rupia

Ambassador Rupia serves as the Chairman of DCB Commercial Bank PLC. Ambassador Rupia serves as Chairman of the Board at Dar es Salaam Community Bank Ltd. He serves as the Chairman of the Britain-Tanzania Society and St John’s University of Tanzania. Ambassador Rupia served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of African Eagle Resources plc from July 27, 2012 to August 14, 2013. He holds the Order for the United Republic. He is an internationally known and well respected Tanzanian statesman with over 49 years’ experience in the Tanzanian public service. He twice represented Tanzania as Ambassador to the United Nations, was Ambassador to Ethiopia and Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and also served his country as a Member of Parliament, Chief Secretary to the President’s Office, Secretary to the Cabinet, Head of the Civil Services and Principal Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Peter C. Smith

Mr. Smith has been producing special events, parades, concerts and festivals for over nineteen years and is currently the Festival and Event Manager for the Cannery Casino & Hotel in North Las Vegas, NV. Previously, he has been a Production Manager for the Feld Motor Sports Monster Jam tour the United States and Canada and an Adjunct Faculty member at Columbia College Chicago teaching courses in Event Management.  Mr. Smith has served as Board Chairman for the St. Peter’s Home for Boys in Detroit, MI and as Vice President of the Illinois Special Events Network.  He has a Master’s of Tourism Administration with a concentration in Event and Meeting Management from George Washington University and a B.A. in History from the University of Portland and is a Certified Festival and Event Executive (CFEE) through the International Festival and Events Association.

 

Stephen W. Smith

Mr. Smith is a Co-Founder of the Maktaba Project. Mr. Smith was in the equipment leasing business for over 48 years, specialized in venture capital companies and worked with companies in the semiconductor industry worldwide prior to retiring in 2005.  He has been published in various financial publications and textbooks on equipment leasing. He has been an active volunteer, serving on the board of the International Theatre Literary Project and is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Whittier Institute of the Scripps Hospitals, a major diabetic research center.  He has a B.A. from Trinity College, Hartford, CT.

 

Romani Urasa

Mr. Urassa is Chairman (Non-Executive), of Shanta Mining Company Limited; the only operational subsidiary company of AIM listed Shanta Gold Limited. In addition, he is Executive Chairman of Pauro Properties Limited, an SMI family company engaged in property development in Tanzania. Mr. Urasa worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva and in various countries for 25 years, rising from officer level to director. His humanitarian work included heading the then Supplies and Food Aid Section of UNHCR (1989-1994); a department that was responsible for procuring emergency relief supplies for refugees; managing an annual budget of some US$200 million during the first Gulf War (invasion of Kuwait by Iraq). Based in Kigali, Mr. Urasa also headed the Rwanda refugees’ return and re-integration program (1994-1998) with some 500 employees and an annual budget exceeding US$200 million. One of the major achievements of that program was the construction of some 230,000 family houses for returnees; which enabled people who had stayed in exile for decades to settle back in Rwanda. Mr. Urasa attended schools and colleges in Tanzania, Kenya and United Kingdom.

 

Phoebe Weinberg, CTC

Mrs. Weinberg has been Owner of Greatways Travel, Inc. since 1981. For the past 13 years, Conde Nast Traveler has honored Phoebe as a Top Travel Specialist for Africa.  She also was selected as an A-List Travel Specialist by Travel & Leisure in 2010.  In addition to East and Southern Africa, Phoebe also has defined specialties in travel in Asia, Europe and India.  She is currently the North Central representative on the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts Committee and also serves on the Advisory Boards of Orient Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises, Conde Nast Traveler and Greaves Tours.  She previously served on the Virtuoso Select Property Committee as well as the Luxury Collection, SBM, Gleneagles and Cambridge Beaches Advisory Boards. Locally, she has served on the Boards of the Junior League of Detroit, Planned Parenthood, and the Tau Beta Association.  Mrs. Weinberg received a B.A. from Purdue University. She resides in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan.

 

Barbara ZoBell

Mrs. ZoBell has 40 years experience working with arts and education non-profit organizations, both grant-making foundations and program providers. She has produced special events and provided fund-raising advice for over 60 non profit organizations including San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art  San Diego, Museum of Photographic Art (San Diego), Scripps Memorial Hospital, Stanford University and the American Cancer Foundation.  She is President of the Tippett Foundation, a San Diego grant-making organization.  Mrs ZoBell is also on the Board of Directors of the La Jolla Playhouse and is an advisor to the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, California.  In 2008 she travelled to Tanzania as a volunteer with both The International Theatre and Literacy Project (ITLP) and the Jifundishe Free Library. She attended University of Santa Clara, Loyola of Chicago-Rome campus and graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BA, and received a graduate degree in Education from San Diego State University.

 

Maliva Mahiga, Chief Administrative Officer

Mr. Mahiga holds a joint Honors degree in Chemistry and Law (Bsc.) from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom as well as a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. After leaving Law School, Maliva worked as a Junior Developer at InfraCo Africa, an early stage infrastructure development fund focused on projects in the energy generation, agriculture and transport sectors’ in sub-Saharan Africa. After InfraCo Africa, Maliva worked as  a project management associate at NAI Global where he was staffed on real estate development projects in New York City, and worked closely with senior management on spearheading their efforts into sub-Saharan. Maliva continued his experience in real estate development with Sentry Hospitality where he worked closely with the CFO and dealt with corporate restructuring, where he analyzed non-performing assets and notes for re-positioning, disposition and re-development.