REPOA’s organizational structure consists of the Annual General Meeting (AGM); the Board of Directors; and REPOA staff. Below is the profiles of the REPOA staff
Dr. Donald Mmari
Dr. Mmari is an economist with vast experience in development policy analysis, socio-economic research, and institutional development. He holds a PhD from the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, an MBA from the University of Oregon and an MA (Economics) from the University of Dar es Salaam. He has been actively involved in the preparation of national development policies, including National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty, the Natural Gas Policy of Tanzania in 2012 and the Second Five Year Development Plan in 2015/16. He has published articles, working papers, policy briefs, and research reports on the extractives sector, manufacturing, governance, social protection, and on export competitiveness of agricultural commodities. He has actively engaged the preparation of Tanzania poverty and human development reports from 2001 to 2011. Dr. Mmari has an immense economic policy and management experience accumulated over the years of his various positions within REPOA and outside, and membership in the Board of Directors of public entities. He is currently the Executive Director of Repoa
Dr. Abel Kinyondo
Abel is the leading think-tank in Tanzania specializing in socio-economic issues. He is also heading the Department of Geography and Economics at the University of Dar es Salaam (DUCE). He has previously worked for the United Nations Development Program. He holds a Ph.D. from Monash University (Australia); a distinction in Master of Art (Economics) Degree from the University of Botswana and a First-Class Economics Degree from the University of Namibia. Dr. Kinyondo has over 10 years of researching experience having published in an internationally reputable outlet such as in the Cambridge University Press, Oxford’s Development Studies, and Springer International. He has also led several teams of experts in formulating various local and international socio-economic policies, regulations and codes of ethics. Dr. Kinyondo currently investigates issues pertaining to enterprise development, employment, industrialization, natural resources management as well as governance.
Dr. Lucas Katera
Director of Commission Works
Dr Katera is an Economist with practical experience on research and policy analysis particularly in the areas of poverty, public policy, governance and service delivery. He has worked and published intensively on Local Government in areas of service delivery; finance and financial management; and governance and accountability.
In his recent assignment, Dr Katera is a team leader of researchers working on the World Bank Service Delivery Indicators (SDI) survey, research that benchmarks health and education indicators for future impact assessment. The survey is being conducted in Seven African Countries. In addition, Dr Katera is a team member of the five years research programme on “Tanzania as a future Petro State”. This is collaborative research between REPOA and Christian Michelsen Institutive (CMI) of Norway. He is leading a team working on the Governance component. Currently, he is a Director of the Governance and Service Delivery Research programme at REPOA.
Director of Finance and Administration
Alison is an Accountant and Administrator. He is registered by the Tanzania National Board of Accountants and Auditors as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1992. In addition, he holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands. He has over twenty years of experience in designing accounting systems, internal controls, and development of financial and administrative policies gained during his work as a head of finance and administration department and a senior accountant for various institutions. He has been leading the finance department in the implementation of the plans, managing the budget process and cash flows. He is central in the preparation and supervision of the final accounts, including external audit exercise. In addition, he has wide experience in dealing with multicurrency systems with various reporting requirements. Alison joined REPOA in 1995 to establish the finance department, currently is heading the Directorate of finance and administration.
Human Resource and Administration Manager
Innocent holds a Master of Arts Degree in Business Administration from Eastern and Southern African Management Institute (ESAMI). He has extensive knowledge of recruitment, performance management, compensation and benefits, organizational development, industrial relations and office administration and management. Prior to joining REPOA, he worked for 10 years in the various capacities at the World Vision Tanzania, rising from Personnel Officer to Human Resource Manager.
Dr. Blandina Kilama
Blandina has practical experience in research, training and policy analysis. As a senior researcher, her engagement in dialogues, publications locally and internationally derived from her work in economic transformation, financial inclusion, SDGs, women empowerment, value chains in agriculture and poverty. Blandina is a Joint Programme Director of the five years research programme on “Tanzania as a future Petro State” working on the component of Data for Policy Making and Public Engagement. She holds a Ph.D. from Leiden University, a Master’s (MPAID) from Harvard Kennedy School and her first degree from the University of Dar es Salaam. Blandina seats in different technical working groups, the Household Budget Survey and Child Poverty Technical Working group. She lectures on Poverty Statistics and Gender Statistics. Blandina enjoys snorkeling, baking and working with young people.
Dr. Jamal Msami
Director of Strategic Research
Jamal has been involved in policy research and design for ten years. He currently heads our Directorate of strategic research focusing on governance and service delivery; industrialization, employment and enterprise development. He has publications in the fields of public service reforms, industrial and trade policies. He is currently working on the nexus between political settlements and policy delivery in fiscally constrained settings; corrupt business-government relationships and strategies for supporting the emergence of new firms through ‘primitive accumulation’; and a review of trade competitiveness and diversification policies and practices in Tanzania. Jamal maintains an active interest in comparative historical analyses, new institutionalism, and applied social policy. He holds a PhD in Social Policy from the University of Bristol, England.
Stephen Mwombela has been with REPOA since August 2011. He has gained valuable experience in Tanzania as well as abroad in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors.
This experience has provided him with the diverse knowledge that spans many subjects and disciplines including policy analysis, economics, politics/government, international relations, international development, public administration, education, telecommunication, and customer service. Stephen has attended numerous training workshops, seminars, and conferences concentrating on issues such as governance, service delivery, oversight, and accountability. Stephen possesses excellent analytical, research, and communication skills both written and verbal. Stephen attained Bachelor degrees from the University of the District of Columbia (in Washington, DC) in Economics and Political Science (both cum laude – with honours) and a Masters of Public and International Affairs – MPIA from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs – GSPIA (at the University of Pittsburgh, in Pennsylvania, USA), where his focus was on the Global Political Economy, Policy Analysis, and International Development. His areas of interest include Policy Analysis, Governance, Development, Public Policy, International Affairs, and Political Economy. At REPOA Stephen is attached to the Department Governance and Service Delivery.
Thadeus holds a Master’s Degree in Development Economics and a Bachelor’s of Science in Statistics. He has over 10 years of work experience in policy research. His areas of interest include social protection, rural livelihood, and agriculture transformation. Over the years he has been engaged in various stages of undertaking research, thereby building strong competence in data collection, management, and data analysis. Some of his research work has focused on input subsidies, crop production and agriculture productivity, post-harvest losses, and food security. His current research work also relates to the role of cash transfer programs in promoting education outcomes.
Cornel is a Social Scientist with enormous experience in doing surveys. He holds a Master of Arts Degree in Development Studies specialized in Social Policy for Development from Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands. He also possesses a Postgraduate Diploma in Policy Analysis from the Institute of Social Studies, Netherlands, and a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
He has over fifteen years of practical experience in survey design, data collection and data processing for both qualitative and quantitative and he undertakes analytical work. In his engagement with REPOA as a Researcher and Field Manager, he has been working on various assignments including writing technical and financial research proposals, developing questionnaires, training fieldworkers, supervising surveys, developing data entry packages, conduct data cleaning, and management, data analysis as well as fieldwork and research report writing. He has published research reports, working papers and policy briefs on areas of child born out of wedlock, maternal health care as well as on oil and gas sector.
Senior Communication Officer
Godfrey is a mass communication expert. He spent two years as a full-time reporter with the East African Procurement News. He also worked as a tutor at the Dar es Salaam School of Journalism, teaching media law, ethics, and public relations. He then worked at the Legal and Human Rights Centre as an Information Officer. He joined the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute as a Communication Officer for the NETCELL Project, under the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, after which he left for the BEST-Dialogue project as a Project Officer. Godfrey graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam with Advanced Diploma in Journalism and holds a Master of Arts degree in Mass Communication from St. Augustine University of Tanzania. He has a Bachelor of Law degree from the Open University of Tanzania and a Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Mediation and Arbitration from the Tanzania Institute of Social Work.
Amani is a professional in the field of library and information studies with more than thirteen years. He holds a Diploma of Library and Information Studies from the School of Library, Archives and Documentation Studies (SLADS) in 2004, Bachelor of Arts in Library and Information Studies pursued at Tumaini University Dar es Salaam College (TURDARCo) in 2009. He also holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration specializing in Human Resource Management from the University of Iringa. Amani is currently doing a Master of Arts Degree in Information Studies at the University of Dar es Salaam.