Leadership

Mr. Lunda Asmani, M.P.A., C.P.F.O.

Board of Trustees Chair

lunda-pictureLunda serves as the Director of Management & Budgets for the City of Norwalk, Connecticut. Lunda plans, organizes, manages and coordinates the preparation and administration of the Norwalk’s $500 million Operating and Capital Budgets and its indebtedness program. Prior to Norwalk, he served as Assistant City Manager for Budget & Finance for the City of Newton, Kansas. Lunda also serves as an Adjunct Instructor of Economics and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs, Wichita State University.

Lunda is active in the community and serves various local boards. He received the 2010 Excellence in Public Service Award. The award recognizes exemplary performance, adherence to high ethical standards and a record of community involvement through participation in civic organizations. In 2011 Lunda was recognized by the Wichita Business Journal’s 40 under 40 class of 2011, this award recognizes 40 individuals under the age 40 for their exemplary service and professionalism. In 2014 Lunda was recognized by the Wichita Business Journal with the 2014 CFO Award.

Lunda has served as a member of DICOTA board trustee, chaired three DICOTA conventions and was part of a team that worked on the diaspora database, led the DICOTA Strategic plan initiative and numerous other DICOTA outreach initiatives. Lunda is active in Tanzania associations and is two time Past President of the Tanzania Association of Wichita.

Lunda also founded Uhuru Foundation that seeks to foster education and development for rural citizens of Masasi District.

Lunda holds a BA from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and a Master’s in Public Administration, Graduate Certificates in Public Finance and Economic Development from Wichita State University. He is a Certified Public Finance Officer (CPFO).

Ms. Jessica Che-Mponda, M.B.A.

Board of Trustees Secretary

Jessica is a Vice President in HSBC’s Global Banking and Markets division, where she works in the Client Onboarding and Account Maintenance Department and has responsibility for managing the Business Management function of its Strategic Sourcing Solution Program. Prior to this role, Jessica participated in HSBC’s ‘The Leadership Program’ (TLP). During her tenure in the program, Jessica had the opportunity to develop diagnostic tools to assess readiness to pursue pull marketing strategies, as well as, oversee the implementation of two third party marketing initiative pilots. She completed a marketing project in Mexico City that involved developing and launching an insurance product to the Mexican market.

Prior to joining HSBC, Jessica worked as a senior consultant for Citigroup’s Global Transaction Services division where she was responsible for helping her division reduce expenses by identifying strategic processes, technologies, tools and best practices that could be employed to streamline functions across the various business units. Before this role, Jessica was responsible for implementing and rolling out billing infrastructure for a newly designed cash management platform that impacted over 20,000 clients.

As a member of Citigroup’s African Heritage network, Jessica was instrumental in establishing the processes to handle membership function and co-leading the process to elect a new steering committee in 2005. In both 2004 and 2005, Jessica was recognized for her leadership and outstanding service to the Network. In 2006, Jessica was elected to the Steering Committee.

Prior to joining Citigroup, Jessica was a business analyst with American Management Systems, Inc. where she analyzed system requirements and developed user interfaces for tax and revenue systems used by local state governments.

Jessica is an appointed Board Member of the Diaspora Council of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA) Board of Trustees where she has been responsible for running the Executive Committee Elections and the Onsite Registration Committee for its annual Convention. She has also been an appointed Board Member for the Urban Financial Services Coalition – New York, where she has chaired the career fair and newsletter committees. She has also been a Committee Chair for Calibr in the area of Connections and Development, which is an affiliate of the Executive Leadership Council. In this role, she is responsible for providing members with career development and mentorship opportunities. In 2013 and 2014, she was recognized as Calibr’s Committee Chair of the Year.

Jessica holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from The Smith School of Business of University of Maryland at College Park, and a BA degree in Linguistics from Hamilton.

Mr. Fredrick Mjema

Board of Trustees Past Chair 

Fredrick Mjema is the founding member and recent past Chairman DICOTA Board of Trustees. He is a member of Exploration & Strategic Services at Devon Energy Corporation, (DVN) in Oklahoma City; one of the leading US independent Oil and Gas Exploration and Production (E&P) company. He is currently leading team that focuses on drilling, completions and field operation data and analytics.

Fredrick Mjema has over 20-years of professional experience working both in Tanzania and US. He has held various leadership positions in the US upstream energy industry and worked on contemporary business issues including energy sources, environmental, socila responsibilities and sustainability. He was previous an active member of the Greater Houston Tanzanian community for over 15-years. He and his family currenly live in Edmond in the Oklahoma City area and is engaged in volunteering his leadership skills with various non-profit organizations. In addition, he is a member of both Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and Project Management Institute (PMI). He has published several papers for SPE. He holds BS degree in computer science from University of Dar es Salaam, an MS degree in software engineering from University of Houston – Clear Lake; He also pursued graduate studies at DePaul University in Chicago. He received Strategic Planning training from Cornell University and Energy Management from Oklahoma City University.

Dr Crispin Semakula

Board of Trustees Member

Endocrinologist with 3 decades experience recently nominated as Top Doctor and earned People Choice Awards in delivering compassionate care in Minnesota. Member of the Physician Independent Multispecialty Group called Multicare Associates and Assistant Professor of Medicine from University of Minnesota Medical School. Current duties include clinical medicine, Academic and Research and Civil Surgeon approved by the United States government authorities. Lead Author in several articles in peer-reviewed journals

Medical school training from University of Dar es salaam, Tanzania. Further training includes Masters program in Medical and Pharmaceutical Research from Free University Brussels, Belgium, Medicine Residence and Endocrinology Fellowship from University of Minnesota Medical School. Special interest in Community Medicine. Previously worked as Medical Director at Southside Medical Clinic. Founder and Chairman of the Board of Community Clinic Axis Medical Center in Minneapolis serving general population and most especially minority and immigrants.

Held several community Leadership roles. Current member of the Board of Trustees of DICOTA. Former Chairman of Tanzanian Community in Minneapolis previously known as Umoja Society, Founder and Chairman of Pan African Community Organization, Non Governmental Organization registered in Minneapolis and Board member of Wellshare International doing several projects in Tanzania

Business interests include ownership of Universal Health Services Inc. operating Adult Foster Care Homes and real estate investments. Founder and Managing Director of Access Medical and Dialysis Center, modern health care facilities located in Mikocheni B, Kinondoni District in Dar es salaam doing Medical consultations and operational Hemodialysis facility. This Center operates in conjunction with the NGO arm Access Healthcare Foundation currently serving as Vice Chairman.

Dr. Kurwa Nyigu

Board of Trustees Member

Kurwa Nyigu

Dr. Kurwa Nyigu is the current member of DICOTA Board of trustees since 2012. Her interest in DICOTA started after attending the first DICOTA convention in 2009 in Houston, TX. Dr. Nyigu attended the next two DICOTA conventions that followed the Houston Convention. With an understanding of the mission and vision of DICOTA which fits well with her desire and passion to make a difference in the life of Tanzanians, in the Diaspora and the Motherland, Dr. Nyigu decided to be more involved in activities of DICOTA, first by volunteering as an organizer to the 2011 convention in Washington DC area. The following year with unexpected vacant in the Board of Trustees, she was nominated and elected by the Board to become one of the member of the Board of Trustees.

Professionally, Dr Nyigu holds an MD degree from State University of NYUpstate Medical University Syracuse, NY, and completed post-graduate training in Internal Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine- Montefiore Medical Center. She currently lives in Arlington VA and work as a hospital doctor with Novant Health Medical Group at Prince Williams Hospital in Manassas, VA.

Ms. Miriam Chiume, M.B.A.

Board of Trustees Member

Miriam Chiume is a strategy and operations professional with 10+ years of experience working in media and technology organizations in New York City. She began her career as a Client Service Manager at a New York tech start-up firm, Vindigo, where she led a team of associates responsible for training users on software products. In recognition of her leadership, Ms. Chiume was promoted to Associate Director of Sales Support where she was in charge department goals, and bridging the gap between market demand and product development. After several years on the role, Ms. Chiume left New York to pursue her MBA at Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Upon her graduation, she joined AOL, a prestigious advertising technology company where she worked in various teams including pricing and operations. As a Director of Sales Operations & Strategy, Ms. Chiume worked with senior leadership to implement annual corporate strategy, and facilitate cross-functional initiatives.

Seeking the challenge of an entrepreneurial organization, Ms. Chiume left AOL and joined Opera Mediaworks, a mobile technology company where she currently serves as the Business Affairs lead charged with the legal review, negotiation and approval of client contracts.

Being a believer of paying it forward, Ms. Chiume dedicates her spare time to mentoring college students at her alma mater, Bernard Baruch College, where she also serves on the Advisory Board for Executives on Campus mentorship program. Additionally, Ms. Chiume provides pro bono consulting services to under-resourced entrepreneurs in New York City. On her downtime, she loves to explore her neighborhood, Harlem, and its many cultural offerings.

Ms. Chiume holds a Bachelors of Business Administration (BBA) in Economics from Bernard Baruch College, City University of New York and a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) in Finance & Strategy from Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business.

Mr. Gerald (Jerry) Mkony, M.B.A.

Board of Trustees Member

Jerry Mkony

Gerald (Jerry) Mkony is an experienced Project Management professional in the Telecommunication Industry. With 13 years invested in Telecomm world, seven of which in Management level; Jerry, as he is mostly known as, has worked as subject matter expert in Information, Data governance, Business Reporting, Client and Product support and in Business Analysis. He has broaden his horizons by working with a number of high demanding and evolving Fortune 500 companies, some in the Top 10 in the world, over see over $500K/m in revenue portfolio globally.

Jerry has been an active supporter in the Diaspora Council of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA) from the first conference back in 2009 in Houston, TX .He has been a DICOTA Conference panelist, perpetual, past meeting organizer, DICOTA Election Returning Officer, and was also appointed and served in the DICOTA Executive Committee tasked with reviewing organization membership and organization structure. Jerry believes in DICOTA vision and ready to serve the board.

Jerry is former President of Tanzania Association of Wichita (TaWichita), current member of the Eastern Africa Diaspora Business Council (EADBC), member of Tanzania Dallas Community and US-Chapter President of Action for Relief and Development Assistance (AFREDA). Jerry earned his Bachelor of Science (BSc.) degree in Business Administration with emphasis in Marketing, from East Central University, Ada OK, Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree major in Management from Newman University, Wichita KS as well as Project Management Professional (PMP) certificate. Jerry resides in Orange Park, Florida with his wife and daughter.

Ms. Asha Nyang’anyi

Board of Trustees Member

ashaAsha Nyang’anyi has served as the secretary of the steering Committee for 2011 DICOTA convention. She has participated as a presenter at various events including DICOTA Convention in 2014 where she spoke on women empowerment in Diaspora. She has also participated as a presenter at the African Language Teacher Association in 2014, at the Global Association for the promotion of Swahili (CHAUKIDU) in 2015.  As a certified foreign Language instructor, Asha Nyang’anyi is one of the pioneers for development of Swahili language classes in DMV Community where she serves as committee member of Social and Economic Empowerment committee. Asha is also one of the founders of Investment Consortium of Tanzanians in USA; an investment company launched in November 28, 2015 in Washington DC.

In her professional career, Asha is a Scientist at QIAGEN Sciences INC; one of the world’s leading provider of innovative Sample & Assay Technologies and a key player in the molecular biology revolution.  As a Scientist in the department of Research and Development she is involved in the development of DNA technology for detection of Human Papilloma Virus which has been associated with cervical cancer and development of QuantiFERON Technology; a unique approach to disease detection and monitoring. Her major role is to provide support to customers, training and facilitate the process for FDA submission.

Asha got her Bachelor’s degree in Marine Biology and Microbiology from University of Dar-es-salaam and Master’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology from Howard University in Washington DC. She lives in Maryland.

Dr. Mbakisya A. Onyango

Board of Trustees Member

Mbakisya Onyango

Dr. Mbakisya Onyango is a Civil Engineering Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Experienced in teaching various civil engineering courses and conducting research on Mechanistic Pavement Design and Analysis; Civil Engineering Materials Testing and Evaluation; Pavement Preservation; Pavement Markings; Pavement Management and Evaluation.

Served as the Faculty Advisor, National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE); Member, University Scholarship Committee; Member, Faculty Development Grants Committee; Fundraiser Chair for ASCE Student 2015 Annual Conference; Thesis advisor to seven graduate students and advisor to over 100 undergraduate students; Graduate Faculty Mentor; and Member, University Faculty Senate.

Dr. Onyango has been involved in the community as: Active member of the African Students Union (ASU) at Kansas State University (2006 – 2009) and served as the Vice President of ASU in 2007-2008. Actively involved on Middle Tennessee Tanzanians Association (MTTA); Member of Tanzanians Adventists in USA (TAUS), and Volunteers at Heaven’s Bounty Ministry that feeds the hungry in Apison, Tennessee.

Dr. Onyango holds many awards including, Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship, 2016; SGA Outstanding Professor UTC, 2015. Outstanding Faculty Researcher, 2011, 2013, 2015 and 2016 Department of Civil Engineering. Professional Development Fund award, 2013 Access and Diversity, UTC. Major Sponsor Scholar award, March 2009, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). Outstanding Ph.D graduate award 2008, Kansas State University, Department of Civil Engineering.

Mr. Nasibu Sareva, M.B.A.

Board of Trustees Member

Nasibu Sareva

As the Executive Director of the African Development Center, a Community Developer and commercial lender dedicated to the economic empowerment and success of African immigrants throughout the state of Minnesota, Nasibu Sareva designs, develops and implements strategic plans for the organization. He is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the organization. This includes managing committees and staff as well as developing business plans in collaboration with the board of directors.

Mr. Sareva frequently engages to address financial, governmental, and other community institutions on building wealth in emerging markets. He participates in broader conversations that address existing and emerging economic development issues that impact new American communities. He also provides timely analysis on entrepreneurship and small business development in immigrant communities.

He was certified in 2008 as an Economic Development Finance Professional by the National Development Council in the U.S. He holds a BA in accounting from the IIU in Malaysia, and an MBA in accounting from Lincoln University in Missouri.

Mr. Sareva has been appointed by the Governor of Minnesota as a public member to sit on the council for Minnesotans of African Heritage. The council advises the Governor and legislature on issues of particular importance to Black Minnesotans, to serve as a liaison between Black Minnesotans and state government, to participate in policy-making on issues that affect the interests and well-being of Black Minnesotans. He sits on other important boards committed to expanding the wealth and resources of neighborhoods through housing and economic development initiatives, early childhood education etc.

Mr. Charles Bishota, M.B.A., J.D.

DICOTA President

bishotaA recognized community leader, Mr. Bishota is a Business and Finance professional at First Data Corporation. He serves as a Regional Business Director for the global payment processing company since November 2008. His professional background includes extensive work in portfolio management, M&A analysis and advisory, Regulatory Compliance reviews, business strategy formulation and execution, sales management and business operational improvement gained from stints at AT&T, JPMorgan Chase and now First Data.

Passionately active in the Tanzanian diaspora community, Mr. Bishota served on the DICOTA Executive Committee’s appointed Task Force to review the organization’s membership and law structures. He has also served on various boards and community organizations in Kansas and Texas.

He holds an MBA degree in Finance from Wichita State University and a Juris Doctorate from SMU Dedman School of Law.  He resides in Frisco, Texas with his wife and children.

 

Ms. Nisa Kibona

DICOTA Secretary

nisanMs. Nisa Kibona is the newly elected General Secretary for DICOTA. Prior to this position, Ms. Kibona was active with DICOTA for five years, serving in various capacities locally, nationally and internationally. She first served as National Volunteer and Rapporteur before being elected as Deputy Secretary in 2014.  

Ms. Kibona has also been active with the Union of Tanzanians North Carolina (UTNC) where she served as a Public Relations Officer, Mentor for Winthrop and Johnson C. Smith University students, and project team lead for DICOTA’s diaspora database and website.  

Besides being involved with DICOTA and the Andendekisye Foundation, Ms. Kibona also volunteers as an AV consultant. In her professional life, Ms. Kibona has an extensive career in the financial management. She is currently a Senior Treasurer for the Albemarle Corporation. In the past 10 years, Ms. Kibona has held a Finance Internship position with Bank of America, an Internal Auditor for TIAA, as part of a Financial Control Analyst Program she served as a Product Controller for Morgan Stanley and Financial Controller for Merck Pharmaceuticals.  

Ms. Kibona has received numerous awards including the Wall Street Journal Achievement Award, Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Scholar-Athlete Academic Award, the DICOTA Young professional Achievement Award, UTNC’s Service Leadership Award, and NABA Mentor Award.  

Ms. Kibona is currently pursuing her MBA at Wake Forest University as a Merit Scholar and a Six Sigma Green Belt Certified.  

Nisa is an avid outdoors person and during her free time enjoys tennis, biking, and running. 

Dr. Shaaban Fundi

DICOTA Deputy Secretary

drshaabanfundiDr. Shaaban Kitindi Fundi has 18 years of professional and academic experience focusing on marine research, environmental research, and education. Shaaban worked for 5 years in the environmental research and education field (2 years at Frontier-Tanzania, 1 year at the Center for Urban Environmental Research and Education and 1 year at Tetra Tech, Inc.) as a Research Assistant on issues related to environmental assessment, environmental compliance management, program evaluation, database management, and data analysis.

He has 13 years of experience in the field of education as an educator and a trainer (in e-learning environment, hybrid environment, and in traditional face-to-face educational settings). Shaaban has worked as an adjunct faculty at community colleges, as a curriculum designer, developer and brings a vast amount of experience in the online learning, teaching, and assessing environments, and platforms.

As a professional, Dr. Fundi received two consecutive fellowship awards from the Chesapeake Environmental Educator Fellowship Program in Maryland (2005-2006 and 2007 to 2008) that was aimed at translating research findings from the various universities in the Maryland College Systems into learning materials for middle and high School classrooms.

In addition to being a curriculum and virtual specialist for science for the DeKalb County Board of Education, Dr. Fundi has worked as a consultant for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards in the Accomplished Science Instruction (ASI) Project to develop online courses that focused at enhancing the pedagogical and lab teaching skills of new high school science teachers in the United States. He also worked as a Teacher Trainer and Scoring Director for the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards through Pearson education Inc.

As a Scoring Director, he trained educators to holistically evaluate written, spoken, and/or videotaped responses to a variety of teacher certification examinations. He prepared materials that exemplified state-specific content standards, oriented scorers through an established calibration process, managed scoring sessions, and served as a content expert in the science teaching content area.

Dr. Fundi earned his B.S. degree in Marine Biology and Microbiology from the Dar Es Salaam University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. His M.S. in Environmental Science from the Towson University, and a M.S. in Secondary Science Education from the Johns Hopkins University; both of Baltimore, Maryland. In addition, Dr. Fundi holds a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Mercer University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mr. Kwame Kinabo, M.B.A.

DICOTA Treasurer

kwame

Kwame’s 15 years of business development has created strong relationships between professionals and clients in a variety of business endeavors. His MBA in Leadership/Management and his extensive travel to Europe, Africa, and the Americas have honed his in-depth understanding of international cultures and business relations. Kwame’s enthusiasm and dedication enables his clients to succeed in the financial realm of their business ventures.

In addition to working in the Financial sector, he has a strong leadership background, is passionate about his community, loves to play soccer and travel.

Specialties: customer relations, sales and marketing, finance, accounting, training, staff development.

Community Involvement:

  • Board Member for the Good Hope Orphanage, Arusha, Tanzania (an orphanage that serves 50-200 children and provides education for the underprivileged)
  • Member of several men’s and co-ed soccer teams in Portland
  • Chamber of Commerce for the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs Alliance
  • Active in the local African Community
  • Lecturer for graduate students in Business at Eastern Oregon University

Fun Facts:
In 1985, Kwame climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro
Kwame loves table tennis
Kwame played Professional Soccer in Tanzania in 1998
Kwame speaks Swahili and English

Ms. Ana Matulile, M.B.A., C.F.E.

DICOTA Assistant Treasurer

anaAna Matulile is a member of Diaspora Council of Tanzania in America. She understands the vision and mission of DICOTA, the values she acquired after attending the 3rd convention that was held in Virginia in 2011. Ana is the Loan Operation at Texas Capital Bank. She has 12 years of increasingly responsible experience in Accounting and Finance with Financial Institutions. She holds MBA in Finance from Park University and BA in Finance and Management from Waldorf University.

From 2006-2013 Ana worked at State Street as Pricing/Accounting Senior Associates. She prepared monthly bank and intercompany reconciliation, general ledger, interprets, compiles and calculates information required to prepare analyses, prepare monthly journal entry, balance sheet, income statement and statement of cash flow for Board Reports.

Systems & Software
E-Horizon, Wall Street Office, Bloomberg, Workday, Salesforce and MCH

Memberships:

  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
  • CFA Society of Dallas-Fort Worth
  • Tanzanian Dallas Community
  • ACTS

 

Ms. Fatma Al-Tamim

Executive Committee Member

fatmaMs. Fatma Al-Tamim involvement in Tanzanian communities abroad (Diaspora) began in Wichita, where she was one of the founding members of the Wichita African Union and also served as its first Vice President.

Moreover, she was one of the founding members of the Tanzanian Association in Wichita and served on its transition executive committee. She worked with other Tanzanians in Wichita to develop the first association’s constitution. She was one of the executive committee members, and she was proudly  very devoted member of her community.

In 2006 she moved to Seattle from Wichita, where she joined TanzaSeattle, the Tanzanian organization there. In Seattle she also joined TanzaSeattle leadership – first as assistant secretary, then Secretary and board member. She feels honored to serve her Tanzanian community in Seattle in various capacities.

During that time she learned about DICOTA from Lunda Asmani who she worked closely with in the Tanzanian community in Wichita as well as Lyungai Mbilinyi who used to live in Seattle and was a member of TanzaSeattle. Although her commitments with the local Tanzanian community did not allow her to participate more actively with DICOTA, She has been very happy to share DICOTA information with her Tanzanian community for the past eight years. Learning of DICOTA also led her and others to branch outside their local focus and start a regional Diaspora association. She was one of the founding members of the African Diaspora Council of Northwest USA and served as their Publicity Secretary.

At this point in her life she was ready to branch out and join a leadership serving Tanzanians in the U.S. nationally. She is honored to join DICOTA as Executive Committee Member at large, and especially as DICOTA prepares for the next Convention that will be held in Seattle in the year 2018. She is looking forward to support DICOTA as EC member while living in the local community of the next convention, and she is committed to help with on-the ground activities in addition to other tasks.

In addition to her volunteerism and leadership experiences in various Tanzanian communities, She has 11 years of experience and diverse background in the TV industry. She worked her way up from master control operator to program director where she oversaw two television stations in Wichita, KS & Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

As Program director she was responsible for department budget, on-air look, renewed and acquired new programming for the television stations. She was also in charge of marketing, promotions, and developing program schedules for the stations.

Currently, she owns Tuma Designs where she is  a Wedding/Event planner and decorator. She is responsible for organizing, coordinating, and decorating events, working closely alongside clients and vendors to deliver breathtaking, special and memorable events.

Dr. Frank Minja

Executive Committee Member

minjaFrank Minja is a current Board member and among the founding members of Maendeleo, which grew out of an effort to recycle used textbooks from Harvard Medical School to Medical Schools in Tanzania, circa 2002. Maendeleo has since become fully incorporated and sent many used textbooks to HKMU, MUHAS and KCMC Medical Schools in Tanzania. Maendeleo has also been involved in HIV/AIDS advocacy sponsoring the first ever AIDS Walk Dar in December 2006. Maendeleo now promotes excellence in medical education through merit based scholarships at Weill-Bugando Medical School. Frank is currently an Asst Professor of Neuroradiology at Yale in New Haven, CT.