Meet the Trust’s dynamic, innovative team of staff committed to enhancing the long-term competitiveness of the sector, improving incomes of small-scale tree growers and wood-based enterprises, and building long-term institutional resilience.
Simon Milledge, Trust Director
Simon is a natural resource trade, markets and governance specialist (BSc University of Bristol, MBA, East and Southern Africa Management Institute) with 21 years of experience working in more than 20 countries across Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia, including 14 years based in Tanzania. He was previously leader of the forest team at the International Institute for Environment and Development, member of Norway’s development cooperation team in Tanzania, and Deputy Director for TRAFFIC East/Southern Africa. Simon joined the Trust in March 2015 as Director of Sector Insight and was promoted to Trust Director in January 2016.
Christopher Komakech, Director – Genetic Resources
Christopher is a forest geneticist (Bsc Forestry – Makerere University, MSc Plant Genetics – University of Kwa-Zulu Natal) with 18 years of experience working mainly in South Africa with occasional assignments to Asia and other African countries through intergovernmental science councils exchange programmes. During this time, Chris gained a wealth of experience working with private research institutions including the Institute for Commercial Forestry Research (ICFR) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), corporate private sector organisations in the pulp and paper industry (SAPPI and Mondi), timber growers cooperatives (NCT) and mining companies in the rehabilitation of disturbed sand dunes with commercially viable tree species and agricultural crops (Richards Bay mined dune project). Following a comprehensive scoping mission in collaboration with TAFORI and TTSA on the application of genetic resources in Tanzania, Chris joined the Trust in August 2014 to head the Trust’s work on tree breeding and improvement. email@example.com
Carl Georg Strunden, Director – Tree Grower Services
Georg is an agricultural engineer (M.Sc. Goettingen University and Technical University Berlin) with 25 years of experience in international development. During his career, Georg has been based in Washington DC, London and East Africa heading country and regional programmes for organisations like the Jane Goodall Institute and Farm Africa. He has worked with public and private partners in natural resource management and sector development programmes in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ivory Coast and Ethiopia. Georg joined FDT in September 2014 to lead the Trust’s work in strengthening the economic success of private commercial tree growers in Tanzania. firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Rose Mavulla, Finance and Administration Director
Christine is a Certified Public Accountant and a member of National Board of Accountants with number 1307. She holds MBA –Marketing, PG – Financial Management and Advance Diploma in Banking, and has over 33 years of experience in both finance and non-finance institutions. She was previously a Group Internal Auditor at Puma Energy Tanzania Ltd and Internal Control Manager at BP Tanzania Ltd. Christine joined the Trust in November 2015 and is responsible for financial management, business planning and budgeting, reporting and donor relations, human resources and administration. email@example.com
Nicodemas Msika, Strategy Monitoring and Learning Manager
Nicodemas graduated from Sokoine University of Agriculture (BSc. Environmental Sciences and Management). He previously worked with National Microfinance Bank in various positions (Bank officer and Loan officer), before joining Technoserve implementing a coffee initiative project under Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation as Monitoring, Evaluation and Accountability Advisor. Later on he joined other TechnoServe programmes in cocoa, maize and paddy value chains as Monitoring and Evaluation Manager. Nicodemas joined FDT in late 2014 as Monitoring Evaluation and Learning Coordinator and has led the Strategy Monitoring and Learning team from late 2015. firstname.lastname@example.org
Aron Laizer, Field Manager
Aron is a forest practitioner with 30 years of hands on plantation management experience at Sao Hill Forest Plantation and Green Resources Ltd. Aron is leading the establishment of demonstration plots in the Southern Highlands and supporting the training coordinators to use these plots as field classrooms. Aron loves planting trees for commercial purposes and hopes that the increase in productivity of planted trees will help reduce the pressure on natural forests and make Tanzania more resilient to future climate change. email@example.com
Yuda Mkollo, Marketing Intelligence Manager
Yuda is a professional forester (BSc Sokoine). For the last 10 years Yuda has worked with Sao Hill Industries and New Forests Company in wood processing and land departments respectively. Yuda’s role is to develop a deep understanding of Tanzanian timber markets within the Trust. He collects, analyses and presents crucial market data to underpin FDT efforts to ensure tree growers achieve fair prices for the timber products they produce. Yuda is keen to continuously communicate market information to growers to ensure they can make informed decisions when selling their trees. firstname.lastname@example.org
Ijumaa Kombo Singo, Tree Improvement Research Manager
Singo is a professional forester (Dip. BSc, and MSc from FTI and SUA respectively) having 25 years of working experience in tree seed handling in both public and private sector. In the public sector, he worked with the Tanzania Tree Seed Agency (TTSA) which is in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism where he assumed different technical and managerial positions advocating production and distribution of high quality tree seeds and other propagating materials. Singo also worked with Green Resources Limited as a Group Seed Research Manager, where he established a number of trials, including species (eucalypt and pine), clone (eucalypt) and fertilizer in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Singo joined FDT in September 2016 as the Tree Improvement Research Manager with an ambition to coordinate public and private stakeholders in the sector to sustain development of genetically high quality tree planting materials. email@example.com
Philemon Peter, Strategy, Monitoring and Learning Analyst
Philemon is an agricultural economist and agribusiness professional (BSc. Sokoine University of Agriculture). He joined the Trust in August 2016 and he is responsible for planning, monitoring and managing studies in the field, analyzing findings and providing strategic feedback for better decision making. Philemon previously worked with The Foundation for Civil Society and TechnoServe as Monitoring and Evaluation Supervisor, Administrator and also as Business Advisor. From these appointments, he gained a lot of experience in results measurement, providing business advisory services and also facilitating business relationships between actors in the coffee and staple crops value chains including small-holder producer cooperative unions, agro-dealers, bulk buyers, government and private institutions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Christel is a lawyer and human resources practitioner with Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB -Tumaini) and Certificates of Human Resources Management and Practical Labour Law (Get Smarter – University of Cape Town). Christel has 7 years of experience in human resources and administration management in both forestry and industrial companies. She oversaw the Human Resources and Administration function for Green Resources and Sao Hill Industries Ltd. with more than 500 permanent employees and 1500 seasonal workers. Having joined the Trust in November 2014, Christel is happy to apply her legal and HR knowledge to support the Trust’s activities both operationally and strategically. email@example.com
Shukrani Biseko, Training Coordinator
Shukrani is a professional agronomist (BSc Sokoine) with work experience in various crops including sugar, coca, avocado and biofuel plantations. As a senior business advisor for TechnoServe, Shukrani worked on a number of value chain programmes to enhance incomes from agriculture for smallholder farmers. Following an extensive baseline study on the current status of tree planting in the Southern Highlands, Shukrani will be working to identify training needs for tree growers and developing training methodologies to suit local circumstances. Shukrani is excited to be applying his knowledge of agronomy and agriculture training models to forestry for the first time. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mussa Gwalema, Private Sector Engagement Coordinator
Mussa is an agribusiness specialist who graduated from Sokoine University of Agriculture in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. He has worked in various value chains where he has interacted with a range of experts and gained substantial understanding of how market systems work. He worked with CNFA in the Agro-inputs supply chain, under support from BMGF/AGRA, and participated in the piloting of the National Inputs Subsidy program in Tanzania. He then worked with TechnoServe and Irish Aid in the cocoa industry to improve quality of services and marketing systems with special focus on building inclusiveness of smallholder farmers as key industry actors in cocoa quality and production. Previously, he worked with CARE International in conservation forestry around refugee affected areas and in refugee camps where his main attention was to help reduce pressure on natural forests as a result of refugee influx with their sudden huge demand for fuel and construction wood. Mussa brings to FDT a range of business and forestry expertise to help shape the forestry industry into a competitive sector where enterprises can thrive and contribute to the national economy. email@example.com
Emmanuel is a forester holding a BSc Forestry from SUA. He previously worked with Sao Hill Industries Ltd as the Wood Dry Kilns Operator and Pallets Production Manager. He later worked with Tanzania Leaf Tobacco Company Limited in various capacities as the Forestry and Barns Coordinator, and Imperial Tobacco as the Forestry Project Manager. Emmanuel joined FDT in January 2017 as a Business and Market Facilitator with the role of engaging and mobilising diverse commercial forestry sector players to enhance sector and business competitiveness, inclusiveness and resilience. firstname.lastname@example.org
Rashid Josephat Mgeni, Planning/GIS Technician
Rashid is a BSc graduate in Regional Development planning from Ardhi University, Dar es Salaam. His areas of expertise include village land use planning, urban planning, GIS and mapping, regional and ecological planning, and community development. Rashid has previously worked with Space and Development Company, Maxicom Africa Company and Mikumi Township Council (Town planning department). email@example.com
Salim Shaaban, Forest Research Technician
Salim is a recent forestry graduate (BSc Sokoine). Salim is supporting the Field Manager to establish a network of demonstration plots and to ensure thorough mensuration and analysis of the plots. Salim also works with the rest of the team to ensure that the findings from FDT surveys and analysis is clearly communicated to tree planters and other stakeholders through interactive maps, communication materials and media forums, including the website. Salim is happy to be applying his academic forest skills in his first job since graduating. firstname.lastname@example.org
Oliva Marwa –Field Forester
Oliva is a Forester with 5 years of hands-on experience in plantation management at Green Resources Ltd and Lindi Forest Ltd. She provides training and technical support to tree growers on the adoption of improved seeds and better silviculture practices. Oliva loves forestry and dislikes the destruction of forests without replanting. Oliva joined the Trust in November 2014 and she is happy to apply her forestry knowledge in contributing to the sustainability of forestry and raising incomes of smallholder tree growers. email@example.com
Daniel Samwel Tassen – Field Forester
Daniel is a forester with over 28 years of experience from both private and public forestry institutions. He initially worked with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism in the Resource Assessment section and later worked for Green Resources Ltd in various capacities as a Forester, Assistant Plantation Manager and Plantation Manager. Tassen joined FDT in November 2014 and he is happy to apply his long-term experience in the field of forestry to change the attitude of village tree growers and their associations (TGAs) towards better ways of raising and managing forest farms and woodlots for improved income. firstname.lastname@example.org
Pelezi Ruffo –Field Forester
Pelezi is a forester (BSc Forestry, Sokoine University of Agriculture) who has experience working with both public and private institutions. He worked as Forest Officer with the local government, coordinating the project: Reforestation and Rehabilitation of Degraded Areas along the Slopes of Uluguru Mountains- Morogoro Municipality. He then worked with the Tanzania Forest Conservation Group providing knowledge on forest and environmental education to the communities living near the Eastern Arc Mountains. Pelezi has also worked with a private company in managing the tree plantations and producing treated timber and electric poles. He joined the Trust in November 2014 and is working to impart skills and knowledge to village tree growers in silviculture activities, building inclusiveness of forest product value chains and bringing positive social impacts. email@example.com
Ramadhan Simon Bilal- Field Forester
Ramadhan is a Forester (Dipl. Forestry, Olmotonyi Forestry Research Institute) with experience in both public and private sectors. He worked with Tanscan Timber Co. Ltd as Production Manager, as well as with Mufindi District as Forest Extension Officer where he worked under the programs of Participatory Forestry Management, Sustainable Wetland Management Programme, Lower Kihansi Environment Management Programme as well as Eastern Arc Mountain Conservation Programme. Ramadhan joined the Trust in November 2014 and is working to impart village tree growers with the skills and knowledge in ailviculture activities and contribute in bringing positive social impacts. firstname.lastname@example.org
Sylvester Mgina –Field Forester
Sylvester is a forester (Cert. Forestry) with experience in various forestry activities including inventory, nurseries plantation, fire protection and logging. As a forestry technician, Sylvester worked on a number of value chain programmes. He worked at Tanwat for 14 years, Untrans for seven years, Green Resources for two years as well as at Kilombero Valley Teak Company for three years. Sylvester joined the Trust in November 2014 and he is working with tree nurseries to establish sustainable supply lines of improved seeds to smallholder tree growers and networking village demo plots that enable farmers to adapt best silviculture practices. email@example.com
Eddo Frank Sika, Accountant
Eddo Sika is an Accountant (DBA and BBA in Accounting and Finance from Ruaha Catholic University). He has 4 years of accounting experience from working with public and private sectors. He previously worked with Morogoro District Council in the final accounting department, before joining Compassion International Iringa, and Iringa School of Deaf as School Administrator and Chief Accountant. Eddo joined the Trust in August 2016 and he is responsible for specific financial management systems and internal controls according to Trust financial policies and Government of Tanzania regulations. firstname.lastname@example.org
Maureen Peter, Office Administrator
Maureen is a graduate of cultural anthropology and tourism (BA Tumaini). Prior to joining FDT Maureen worked with John Hopkins University as a qualitative research assistance on various projects. Maureen’s role at the Trust is to support the team with general administration and office management as well as use her qualitative survey skills to support the Trust’s research agenda. email@example.com
Gosbert Magussi joined FDT in May 2017 as the Nursery Attendant and he is responsible in taking care of the root stock and grafted seedlings which are at TTSA Central nursery. Gosbert has previously worked for Kilombero Valley Teak Company and Makota Flowers Company where he held various positions as Propagation Supervisor and nursery Manager and gained experience in handling seedlings.
Justin Changa, Driver
Justin has 15 years of experience as a driver and motor vehicle mechanic (Grade 2). He joined FDT in April 2015, assuming Chief Driver responsibilities in July 2016. Before joining FDT, Justin had worked in a number of companies including Konoike Construction Co, Highland Estate, Justa Construction and New Forest Company. Apart from his driving skills, Justin is happy to apply his motor vehicle mechanic knowledge in sorting out minor breakdowns.
Sebastian Mwinyi, Driver
Sebastian is a driver and mechanic (Certificates in Basic Driving & Mechanics). He has 11 years of driving experience, including four with New Forests Company which gave him knowledge of various forestry activities which helps him assist the forestry technicians whilst in the field. Mechanic knowledge is an added advantage to Sebastian as he can sort out minor breakdowns whilst in the field.
Goodluck has 16 years of experience in driving and has worked with various companies including Tanroads, Mohamed Trans transportation company and New Forests Company. He joined FDT in June 2014.
Paulo has 6 years of experience in driving. He joined FDT in February 2015 and previously worked with Be Forward Company.
Mussa has 16 years of driving experience. He has worked for various companies such as Tulipamwe Company, JR International, Interbeton (JNIA) and Kilombero Sugar Company before joining FDT in June 2014.
Octavina joined FDT in June 2014 and has 10 years of experience as an office attendant and housekeeper. Before joining FDT, she worked with National Insurance Company in Iringa as office attendant and registry controller, Ruaha Intenational Hotel- Iringa as a housekeeper and Mhimbili HIV and Research Project (Iringa) as an office attendant.
Yohana joined FDT in June 2014 as a day guard and gardener. Before joining FDT, Yohana worked with A- Z Textile Mills in Arusha as a Machine Operator for two years and also as a private driver for three years. Apart from gardening, Yohana also operates the office generator and assists with office oversight.