[dopaccordion title=”Mr. Fredrick Mjema – Board of Trustees Chair”]Fredrick Mjema is the founding member and current Chairman – DICOTA Board of Trustees. He is also a Senior Program Manager at Devon Energy, (DVN) in Oklahoma; one of the leading US independent Oil and Gas Exploration and Production (E&P) company. His current work focuses on program management for E&P Operational Excellence and Strategic Innovation.
Fredrick Mjema has over 20-years of professional experience working both in Tanzania and US. He previously worked for Bank of Tanzania (BoT). He has held various leadership positions in the US focusing on engineering and information technology for upstream energy industry.
Fredrick Mjema was previous an active member of the Greater Houston Tanzanian community for over 15-years. This last summer he and his family have relocated to 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 in 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.
[dopaccordion title=”Mr. Lunda Asmani – Board of Trustees Secretary”]Lunda Asmani is the Assistant City Manager for Budget & Finance in Newton, KS. He is responsible for the control, recording and reporting of financial matters, budget preparation, accounts receivable, accounts payable, payroll, long-term debt management, and Utility Billing & Customer Service. Lunda oversees the City’s budget of $44 million and also manages the City investment portfolio of over $11 million. He coordinates the annual audit performed by an independent certified public accountant (CPA). In addition to being the Head of the Finance Department, he also has oversight of the Human Resources Department and oversees numerous other City projects. Since 2003, Lunda has also served as an Adjunct Instructor of Macro Economics at Butler Community College in Kansas.
Lunda began his professional career as a Management Intern with Sedgwick County Manager’s Office in Kansas in 2001. After completing his internship he worked in the Sedgwick County Budget Office for 5 years starting as a Budget Analysts and eventually the Principal Budget Analyst. Lunda then worked for 4 years in Sedgwick County’s Enterprise Resource Planning as a Business Systems Analyst where he worked with County Departments to evaluate operations, measure performance and improve efficiencies. After 9 years with Sedgwick County, Lunda accepted the position as Assistant City Manager for Budget & Finance in Newton, KS. Lunda is very active in the community and serves on the Board of Directors of numerous Not for Profit organizations and agencies. His community work was recognized with a 2010 Excellence in Public Service Award, sponsored by the DeVore Foundation of Wichita. The award recognizes exemplary performance that has contributed to the public interest, innovative problem-solving skills that have improved service delivery, adherence to high ethical standards in carrying out job responsibilities and a record of community involvement through participation in civic organizations. In 2011 Lunda was also 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.
Lunda also founded a non- profit called Uhuru Foundation that seeks to foster education and development for rural citizens of Masasi District in Southern Tanzania.
Lunda holds a BA in Land Use Planning & Environmental Studies from the University of Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. He also holds a Masters in Public Administration from Wichita State University, as well as Graduate Certificates in Public Finance and Economic Development also from Wichita State University and is a graduate of the International City/County Managers Association Emerging Leaders Development Program and is a candidate for the Certified Public Finance Officer conferred by the Government Finance Officer Association of USA & Canada.[/dopaccordion]
[dopaccordion title=”Dr Crispin Semakula – Board of Trustees Member”]Currently working as member of Physician Specialty Group Hennepin Faculty Associates at the Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis as Consultant Endocrinologist and Assistant Professor of Medicine from University of Minnesota Medical School. Duties include clinical medicine practice, Academic and Research. Lead Author in several articles in published peer reviewed journals.
Graduated from the University of Dar es salaam Medical school, Tanzania Masters and PhD program in Medical and Pharmaceutical Research from Free University Brussels, Belgium. Internal Medicine Residency and Fellowship in Endocrinology from University of Minnesota Medical School. Special interest in Community Medicine. Previously worked as Medical Director at Southside Medical Clinic. In 2008 Founder of Axis Medical Center serving general population and most especially minority and immigrants in Minneapolis. [/dopaccordion]
[dopaccordion title=”Dr. Kurwa Nyigu – Board of Trustees Member”] 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 here 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. Dr. Nyigu has also been a member of her local community, Union of Tanzania in North Carolina prior to recent relocation to Northern VA. She currently resides in Reston, VA since October 2013.
Dr. Nyigu holds a Bsc in Biomedical Engineering from Syracuse University and a MD degree from SUNY Upstate Medical University, both in Syracuse, NY. Her post-graduate medical training was completed at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY; specializing in Internal Medicine. After completing residency in 2004, she worked as a Hospitalist and instructor of medicine at Montefiore Medical Center. She later relocated to NC and worked for Northern Hospital of Surry County in Mount Airy, NC . From 2012 to Sept 2013, she worked as an independent contractor contracting with various hospitals to provide hospitalist services. Her clients included Forsyth Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC; Carilion Medical Clinic at Roanoke Memorial Hospital in Roanoke, VA; Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg, VA; and Medstar Montgomery Medical Center in Olney. MD. In October 2013, she took a full time position as a Hospitalist Physician with Novant Health Medical Group at Prince Williams Hospital in Manassas, VA. [/dopaccordion]
[dopaccordion title=”Ms. Jessica Che-Mponda, M.B.A. – Board of Trustees Member”] 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 Solutions Program. Prior to this role, Jessica participated in HSBC’s ‘The Leadership Program’ (TLP- formally ADI/GMTP). 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 was an Appointed Board Member for the Urban Financial Services Coalition – New York , where she has chaired the career fair and newsletter committees. She also co-Chaired the Connections and Development committee forNext Generation Network, which is an affiliate of the Executive Leadership Council. In this role, she was responsible for providing members with career development and mentorship opportunities. Jessica currently serves as Treasurer of the Board of Managers for her condominium’s association. Prior to serving as Treasurer, she held the roles of Vice President and President.
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 College.
[dopaccordion title=”Dr. Ndaga Mwakabuta – DICOTA President”]Dr. Mwakabuta is the current DICOTA President since June 2011; previously he served as the Secretary for the Steering Committee that successfully organized the DICOTA 2010 Convention held in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also acted as DICOTA Secretary and DICOTA Treasurer during the transition period toward the election of DICOTA in 2011. In Tanzania, Dr. Mwakabuta served as a General Secretary for Tanzania Solar Energy Association (TASEA – now known as TAREA); an association in Tanzania for solar energy stakeholders standing for the recognition of the excellence of solar/renewable energy technologies.
In the United States, Dr. Mwakabuta is a Technical Specialist at Cummins Power Generation, a global company serving customers in a wide variety of industrial and consumer markets around the world. It has a broad range of power generation products and services. He has Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Electrical Engineering from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He has a Ph.D in Electrical Engineering from Tennessee Technological University, Cookeville, Tennessee. He is a Senior Member of IEEE, member of NSBE and Life Member of Phi Kappa Phi. Before pursuing his doctorate studies in the United States, Dr. Mwakabuta was a fulltime lecturer at the University of Dar Es Salaam and a part-time lecturer at the Institute of Finance Management-IFM. [/dopaccordion]
[dopaccordion title=”Dr. Lyungai Mbilinyi – DICOTA Secretary”]Dr. Lyungai Mbilinyi is the current DICOTA Secretary since June 2011. Dr. Mbilinyi was also one of the founding and steering committee members of DICOTA in 2008/09, and participated as a member at-large during the transition period toward the election of DICOTA in 2011.
In her professional career, Dr. Mbilinyi is a research assistant professor at the University of Washington, School of Social Work, where she also co-directs the Innovative Programs Research Group (IPRG). Dr. Mbilinyi’s work has been on violence research; domestic violence prevention and intervention therapy; the experience of African immigrants and refugees in the United States; and the intersections of race, gender and class among social and health issues. Dr. Mbilinyi has taught research courses for Masters of Social Work students. She has published on children’s exposure to domestic violence, the impact of domestic violence on survivors’ parenting, and marketing to and intervening with intimate partner violence perpetrators. During her free time, Dr. Mbilinyi enjoys serving the community, trying new foods, and spending quality time with family and friends. She lives in North Carolina with her husband Justin Grabek and two sons Joseph Mhelema and Andreas Kintu..[/dopaccordion]
[dopaccordion title=”Dr. Lemmy Meekisho – Executive Committee Member”]Dr. Lemmy Meekisho is a founding member of the Diaspora Council of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA). He is currently an Associate Professor of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, Portland State University, Portland Oregon. He is a staunch advocate of access to Mathematics, Engineering and Science Achievement (MESA) for underrepresented minorities. He firmly believes and supports the mission and vision of DICOTA as a viable and legitimate vehicle for promoting technical, cultural and business cooperation between Tanzania and the United States.
Dr. Meekisho received his B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering, University of Dar-es-Salam, and his Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada
His technical specialties include Numerical modeling and simulation of thermal-mechanical behavior of materials processes; micro manufacturing of Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS) devices; reliability issues in electronic packages.
He is a member of several professional societies including:
Dr. Meekisho’s research and teaching focus as a faculty member of the Oregon Graduate Institute of Science and Technology (OGI) was on modeling of materials science and engineering processes at the macro scale. Most of his published works are at this scale. After moving to Portland State University 12 years ago, he developed an interest in micro scale materials, devices and manufacturing. In the process, he successfully supervised several dissertations as well as publishing works in the Journal of Heat Transfer and the Journal of Electronic Packaging. He has developed and taught courses in MEMS and Microsystems for senior undergraduates and graduate students. He has been an active organizer and chair of technical sessions on MEMS, modeling of micro and nano heat transfer in the capacity of member of the K-16 (Electronic and Photonic Packaging) Committee of the ASME, 2000 – present.[/dopaccordion]
[dopaccordion title=”Ms. Jane A Temu – DICOTA Assistant Treasurer”]Jane Temu is a member of the Diaspora Council of Tanzanians in America (DICOTA). She understands the vision and mission of DICOTA, the values she acquired after attending the first convention that was held in Houston, TX in 2009. She believes the ability of Tanzanians in the Diaspora to unleash their potential and develop the economic, social and cultural lives of their country, Tanzania.
Jane Temu is also a former Treasurer’s of the Tanzania Houston Community, the position she held between December 2008 and November 2010. While in that position, she conducted all financial matters on behalf of the Tanzania Houston Community such as annual budget preparation, producing reports, collecting annual membership fees from the community members, and keeping all financial records. She also handled various donations and fund-raising activities that benefited her home country, Tanzania. Her capabilities are best illustrated in one of the community activity that she coordinated to collect books for schools in Tanzanian. Over seven thousand books for elementary and secondary schools were collected to help schools in Tanzania.
Jane Temu is passionate about making a difference in the lives of Tanzanians in United States and Tanzania; it is the compelling reason that motivates her to serve to the best of her capabilities.
Jane Temu has a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston, Texas. She also has a certification in Special Education and is now teaching High School in Fort Bend ISD in Houston, Texas.[/dopaccordion]
[dopaccordion title=”Ms. Emma Kasiga, M.B.A. – DICOTA Treasurer”]A graduate of University of Saint Thomas’ School of Business, Emma N.S. Kasiga is an International Finance professional and a founder of EeKay Consulting, LLC, a Minnesota based consulting firm. Emma spends much of her time helping grassroots organizations and small business owners crunching numbers so as to thrive in the world of business. Besides being involved in the DIASPORA activities, Emma also has served/is serving in various boards/community organizationts. Some of these organizations include Books for Africa, a Minnesota based largest shipper of books to Africa; Project Zawadi, a Minnesota based organization sponsoring school children in Musoma area; and the ELCA-Minneapolis Area Synod’s Community of Leaders.
Apart from working hard, Emma also likes to play hard. Her hobbies include traveling to different parts of the world/US, hanging out with some good friends while enjoying some good foods, dancing (as time permits), relaxing by watching a good movie or reading a good book… and enjoying spending time with her family.[/dopaccordion]
[dopaccordion title=”Mr. Joel Mburu, M.B.A. – DICOTA Deputy Secretary”]Mr. Joel Mburu is currently serving as a DICOTA Deputy Secretary since 2011. He is one of the founding members of DICOTA and has participated all DICOTA activities and conventions.
Mr. Joel Mburu holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance, Metropolitan State University and a Master’s of Business Administration Degree from St.Marys University.
[dopaccordion title=”Ms. Oliva Kavishe – Executive Committee Member”]Ms. Oliva Kavishe is a Peace Ambassador who holds a State of the Art Certification from the Shift Network- a leading-edge global movement that is creating an evolutionary shift of consciousness that in turns leads to an en lighted society, one built in principles of peace, sustain ability and health relationships in co-creating a planetary culture of peace.
She holds a Bachelors degree in Religious Studies from Wisdom University and currently studying International Relations at Kent State University.
Ms Oliva attended the 2009 convention, inspired by its commitments, she joined effort in the 2010 convention and is now, serving as a DICOTA Executive Committee Member since 2011, faithfully responds to activities as needed and facilitated most of the communication and media needs for DICOTA Conventions.