Dr. John Kyaruzi

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Dr. John Kyaruzi is the Chief Executive Officer at Tanzania Agricultural Catalytic Trust (TACT). Formerly, he worked with Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) as the Director of Research and Information systems for 9 years, and a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Dar es Salaam for 15 years. He possesses MSc. degree in Computer Science from UNB, Canada and a PhD from Delft University in the Netherlands and Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology. He also served as a Director of the African Virtual University at the University of Dar es Salaam for 4 years; He is also a champion of the smart card systems including National ID system, UMOJA Switch, and other Payment Systems.  Since year 2004 he has been heavily involved in coordinating studies and research on investment the Private Capital Flows studies that feeds the World Investment reports by the World Bank (conducted jointly by BOT/TIC/NBS), the Labour market Survey and Its impact on Investment (TIC report), the Growth and Impact of Investment in Tanzania (a TIC report), the Energy crisis and its impact on investment-2007 (a TIC Report), Competitive and Comparative Advantage (a 2008 TIC Report) and Targeted Investment Promotion Strategy (a 2008 TIC/BOT Report).  His experience has been recorded by his personal affiliation with National and International Bodies. Notably, he has served as:  a member of the Horticultural Development Council of Tanzania (HODECT); a member of the Advisory Board of Registrar of Insolvency & Trusteeship Agency (RITA); a member of the Technical Committee of the Business Environment Strengthening for Tanzania (BEST); a member of the Technical Committee of the National Payment System (at BOT); and a member of the Africa Smart Card Association.  He is also the approved International Consultant and Trainer by UNCTAD on Business Linkages Program for Africa since 2013.

Dr. Juma Makaranga

Head of Business Linkages

Dr. Juma Makaranga is the Head of Business Linkages at Tanzania Agricultural Catalytic Trust (TACT). Formerly, he worked with Stamigold Co Ltd (subsidiary company of State Mining Corporation (STAMICO) as a Business Improvement Coordinator for 2 years, Lecturer in Business and Project Management at Tanzania Institute of Project Management for 8 years, as well as a part time Lecturer at Institute of Accountant Arusha for 3 years now. He posses a Ph.D. in International Business Management from University of International Business and Economics of Beijing China, MBA in Corporate Management of Mzumbe University Tanzania, and Post graduate Diploma in Project Management from Tanzania Institute of Project Management. Moreover, he is a Certified Industrial Policy Expert (CIPE) from the Sustainable Development Goals Academy of the United Nations University-World Institute for Development Economics and Research (SDG Academy UNU-WIDER) and Brookings Institute. His industrial policy certification is based on the challenges facing African countries on industrialization journey. He is also a Certified Trainer of Trainers (ToT) in Curriculum Development and Implementation under Competence Based Education and Training (CBET) system provided by the National Council for Technical Education (NACTE). Dr. Makaranga has been heavily involves in National taskforce that worked in the Preparation of the Tanzania Five Year Development Plan (FYDP2021-2025)- an implementation tool for Tanzania Development Vision (TDV2025) under the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Preparation of Potential Bankable Projects alongside SGR Project under United Nations Development Programme (UNDP- Tanzania and Tanzania Investment Centre, TIC), Review of the Tanzania Road Map for Business Environment that feeds  (TIC and WB reports). He works as a Business Advisor for VunjaBei (T) Group Ltd, as well as an Associate Business Consultant at EMS Global. He has various academic and non academic publications such as; “Non-automatic Influence of Foreign Direct Investment on Growth of African Economies”,  “Coronavirus Economy-How to Revamp Tourism Industry in Tanzania”, “Twiga Minerals Corporation-A Practical Approach”,  “Local Content Policy in Tanzania-Implementation Mechanism”. Dr. Makaranga is a co-researcher with Prof. Xiaoyan Zhou of the University of International Business and Economics of Beijing China since 2016. He works with diverse range of stakeholders in both public and private sector, and quickly develops skills and achieves excellent results without prompting.

Mbosela J. Mbosela

Head of Finance and Administration

Mbosela John Mbosela is a Certified Public Accountant with registration No 1486 and working with various projects funded by the World Bank under the Private Sector Competitiveness Project, Business Environment Strengthening Programme for Tanzania, Enterprise Development and SAGCOT Investment Project. He worked in the capacity of Financial Management Specialist as well as Director of Finance and Human Resource Management. He contributed to these projects on having good financial management systems as well as ensuring compliance to Bank and Government of Tanzania guidelines. Finally, these projects were able to achieve their project Development objectives except for SAGCOT investment still at implementation stage.

He worked for the Development Partners/Donors such as DANIDA, DIFD, the Royal Netherlands Embassy and NORAD Sida/SAREC, VLIR, MHO, NUFU, Rockefeller Foundation and Carnegie Foundation. Furthermore, he worked with the University of Dar es Salaam as an Accountant in Charge for external Funds Administration Unit and Head of Revenue Section. He also worked with Private Sector in Tanzania (Tanzania Private Sector Foundation (TPSF).

Mbosela is a holder of Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Finance and a Bachelor of Commerce and Management in Accounting (B-com-Accounting). He speaks English and Swahili.

Rajab Hassan Rajab

Head of Legal

Rajab Hassan Rajab is a Lawyer and a registered Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and a holder of a Bachelor Degree in Law (LL. B) and Masters of Laws Degree (LL.M in International law). He is also a registered expert to undertake Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Rajab possess a wide range of experience and competency in the legal profession as well as the settlement of disputes arising out of business transactions, capacity building, experience and has knowledge in project management.

Rajab has experience in Policy and Regulatory Framework and Business Environment Improvement. He has solid years of experience in planning, coordination and monitoring of work plans and specifically with Donor Funded contracting. Between 2013 and 2016 he served as a Deputy Coordinator for Southern Agricultural Corridor of Tanzania (SAGCOT) Programme under Prime Minister’s Office. In that capacity he was responsible for the review the legal, regulatory, institutional requirements and any other legal issue associated with the Programme coordination and identify important issues, similarities and inconsistencies and provided advice as appropriate to reflect good practices. He also served as a Policy and Institutional Advisor to the Land Tenure Support Programme (LTSP) from March 2016 June 2020.He supported the Institutional Policy and Legal Team to manage the process of institutional and policy/legal development;

Paul John Mbetwa

Finance Management Specialist

Paul John Mbetwa is a Financial Management Specialist with more than fifteen years’ experience in within the Government and Private Sector, including Prime Minister’s Office, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security and the Sagcot Centre Ltd respectively. Paul has also worked with International Organization under World Bank Financing Including on the National Agriculture and Livestock Research Program, Tanzania Agricultural Research Project, Participatory Agricultural Development Project, Sagcot Preparation Project Currently Paul is working with a Public Private Partnership – PPP Tanzania Agricultural Catalytic Trust Fund.

Paul is a Certified Public Accountant by the Tanzania National Board of Accountants and Auditors, with a MSc in Accounting and Finance from Mzumbe University Morogoro, a Post Graduate Diploma in Accountancy from the Institute of Accountancy Arusha and an Advanced Diploma in Government Accountancy from the Tanzania Institute of Accountancy the then DSA.

Paul also has a Certificate and Diploma in Materials Management from the Tanzania Institute of Accountancy. Paul’s major activities, are within Financial Management, control of grants, monitoring and evaluation of project activities, training on Financial Management System, International Finance, responding to different audit queries raised by both Internal and External Auditors, the preparation of reports, of budgets, the supervision of its implementation, maintaining cash book and bank accounts and preparing bank reconciliation statements using the Navision Accounting System.

Joseph Marco Mbata

ICT Specialist and M&E

Joseph Marco  Mbata  has more than 12 years’ experience in Information Communication Technology, Strategic development and M&E. He holds master of science in Information system management (MSc in ISM) from University of Dar es salaam. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science (BSc in ICT) from St. Augustine university of Tanzania branch of Ruaha Catholic University(RUCU). He is certified information security officer from University of South Africa. He is Certified Information System auditor (CISA) from ISACA. He completed course of  Project Management Professional(PMP) from University of Australia. He is certified Cisco Network Associate (CCNA) . He is a registered member of Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA). He is the registered Member of Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA). He is member of Tanzania Information Technology Association (TITA). He is the registered member of associate Business Continuity Professional (ABCP).

Joseph worked with HLB Tanzania as ICT manager, he also worked with Innovex Tanzania as Information System Auditor and ICT specialist.  He conducted Information System audit, ICT advisory and consulting for Bank of Tanzania (BoT), T-MARC, Jane Goodall Institute, Ministry of Finance (GePG), CRDB Bank, EFC Microfinance Bank, Tanzania National Housing Cooperates (NHC), NSSF, College of African Wildlife Management (MWEKA), Vodacom, Selcom, Maxcom, TIGO, AAR Insurance, Resolution Insurance, Kibaha Education Centre, Mkwawa University College of Education (MUCE), Dar Es Salaam Institute Of Technology (DIT), Dar es Salaam University (USDM), Tanzania Agricultural Development Bank (TADB), PSSSF,  Institute of Finance Management (IFM), Muhimbili National Hospital, Mwanga community Bank, Tanzania Women Bank (TWB), Maendeleo Bank, Tanzania Ministry of Water, Tumaini University of Dar es Salaam,  Tanzania Institute of Project Management and others .

Andrew Kapilima

Procurement Specialist

Mr. Andrew K.T.Kapilima is a registered Procurement and Supplies Professionals and Technicians Board of Tanzania. He holds master’s degree of business administration from Mzumbe university . He holds diploma in equipment management from university of ILO, Turin, Italy .  He holds Advanced Diploma in Materials Management from Nyegezi Social Training Institute. Andrew worked as Procurement specialist with rich experience in international and public procurement processes.

He has a vast experience in the preparation of procurement planning, preparation of tendering documents, evaluation of tenders, contracts management and procurement record keeping in accordance with the Public Procurement Act of Tanzania and IDA guidelines. He worked as a procurement specialist for the World Bank financed projects,  Tanzania Social Action Fund under the President’s Office Tanzania, Marine and Coastal Environmental Management Project MACEMP under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism Tanzania, Livestock and Fisheries Development Project (LFDP) under the Government of Southern Sudan BoT, Prime Ministers Office PSCP , SAGCOT Projects and Ministry of Water (WSDP) Water Sector Development Project.

Lilian Rugabela

Administration Specialist

Lilian Rugabela is an Economist and a holder of a Bachelor Degree in Economics and Masters of Science in Economics. She has experience in data analysis and   programme coordination. Between 2019 and 2020 she served as a data analyst and programme coordinator for Tinkas Monitoring and Evaluation Consults.

In that capacity, she was responsible for reviewing and assessing data, writing reports, evaluating program effectiveness and requirements and other issues associated with programme coordination. She now serves as an Administration Expert at the TACT since March 2021, supporting the Executive Secretary on managing the implementation of the communication strategy to promote transparency and accountability

Mussa Hassan Shaban