Our Team


Chief Executive

Edwin is a project management specialist. He has over 15 years’ experience of working on development programmes in Tanzania with project partners including IICD, VSO, Concern World Wide, Comic Relief and USAID. Areas of proficiency include:  Grants management, financial management, stakeholder management; leading, supporting and motivating multi-disciplinary teams; strategic planning, Resource development, risk assessment and project cycle management. For two years he led an education think tank in East Africa (Regional Education Learning Initiatiatives-RELI) as a Country team leader for Tanzania

Edwin managed programmes, partners and teams as a Country Coordinator in Tanzania. Throughout his Career he led high performing teams across multiple geographies and sectors including education, health, livelihoods; with a focus on women, indigenous communities and people living with disabilities. He is most passionate about supporting individuals, organisations and communities to not only reach and sustain their full potential but to thrive. He believes empowered decision-making, collaborative ways of working, innovative thinking and accountability mechanisms are key to achieving this. Edwin has B.A Hons in Sociology from the University of Dar Es Salaam and MSc in Project Management from Jomo Kenyatta University


Project Officer – inclusive education

Fide is a young female who is passionate about supporting others. She is a motivational speaker and feminist/activist, she has been running various outreach community awareness, road shows advocating for the rights of children and Youth with disabilities particularly those with mental disorders. She was conducting various sessions at the hospital maternal wards just to educate girls and women on the matters. Fide joined Maasai Girls Initiatives for Development as project officer with huge interest on “life skills education” to girls. Before joining MGI4D she volunteered with YOPOCODE, Hope For All, The Purple Planet and Voice Of Women. Fide has a Diploma in Human Resource Management from the Institute of Social Work in Tanzania but she has also attended various short courses like ‘’Implementation Science organized by Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, AAPH, HSPH.


Project Officer – Life skills

Manka Wilbard joined Maasai Girls initiatives for Development on January 2019 as a Project officer overseeing our Education and life skills Projects. Manka is a teacher by professional; she has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education from ST. Augustine University of Tanzania.  Prior to joining Maasai Girls initiatives Manka has been teaching in several schools in rural Tanzania. She has experience on guidance and counselling for children and Youth, Early childhood education-ECD, life skills and School related gender based violence. She has been involved on conducting several FGD with youth, baseline and end line surveys for educational projects. She is a trainer and mentor for peer educators and a facilitator for secondary and primary school students on Gender issues, HIV/AIDS, drug abuse and life skills


Programs Manager

Ms. Nganashe Lukumai is a young female Maasai passionate about girls and women empowerment. She is holding and Bachelor Degree in Public Administration and Management pursued in 2015 from Stefano Moshi Memorial University Collage (SMMUCo) in Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.  She has five (5) years combined work experience on women and youth empowerment, community organizing and development, programme design and coordination, organizational management, research, policy advocacy, facilitation and coaching and mentoring girls and young women. She also coordinated a women empowerment project that aimed at equipping out-of school adolescent girls with technical skills to develop businesses related to renewable energy source with PWC.  She previously worked as a Programme Facilitator with Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) and before that she volunteered at Faraja Support Organization (a children’s home) carrying out various programmatic and administrative duties.


Senior Technical Advisor

Yvonne joined Maasai Girls Initiatives for Development as a technical advisor on Adult and Child Safeguarding. She started working as a Child Protection Officer at Braeburn International School in 2015. As a UK trained teacher, she had a lot of experience with the Child Protection and used that experience to set up a robust Child Protection (CP) system at the schools. Yvonne has been training teachers and held several workshops with parents as well as students on all CP issues. Yvonne has a Master’s degree in Child Protection from the University of Kent in London. She is currently working with young people under the age of 18 who are placed in the care system in UK. Yvonne is very passionate about Child Protection and will provide expert advice and knowledge to the team. 


Maria joined Maasai Girls initiatives for Development-MGI4D in May 2019 as Finance Manager. Before joining MGI4D she worked with various corporates including RM Holdings as a part time Accountant, Singita Grumeti Reserves where she worked as SISPRO Administrator. Maria has a Bachelor degree in Commerce BCOM from the University of Osmania in India.

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