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UONGOZI Institute
Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development
Institute Overview

Our clients  -  What We Do   -  Our Goals  -  Our Value  -  Board of Directors  -  Our Staff

"Uongozi" means leadership in Kiswahili, and inspiring and strengthening leadership is the core purpose of our organisation. Based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, UONGOZI Institute is dedicated to supporting African leaders to attain sustainable development for their nations and for Africa

We seek to inspire leaders and promote the recognition of the important role of leadership in sustainable development. We believe that:

  • Leadership is the key to achieving sustainable development
  • The development of a leader requires specialised grooming
  • An African model of leadership is vital for achieving the most favourable development outcomes for Africa.

The Institute is an independent government agency established by the Government of Tanzania and supported by the government of Finland.

Our Vision

A prosperous, equitable and sustainable Africa.

Our Mission

Inspiring and equipping African leadership to deliver inclusive and sustainable solutions for African citizens. 

Our Clients

UONGOZI Institute provides services to senior leaders who have a demonstrable impact upon their society's development, as well as individuals who have been recognised as emerging leaders with the potential to make a positive impact. We support African leaders to:

  • Develop national and/or organisational agendas and oversee the implementation of strategies;
  • Analyse local, global and regional developments, and interpret their implications within national and organisational contexts;
  • Pursue their country's and/or organisation's interests in bi-lateral or multi-lateral negotiations;
  • Make informed decisions, which they adhere to and are accountable for;
  • Manage and stimulate staff to achieve their best; and
  • Be accountable to, and communicate effectively with all stakeholders.


What We Do

UONGOZI Institute:

  • Offers specialised courses relating to leadership and executive management;
  • Provides opportunities for leaders to share ideas on strategic leadership for sustainable development;
  • Stimulates strategic thinking to formulate African solutions to African challenges;
  • Promotes dialogue on aspects of governance and strategic planning; and
  • Supports research on leadership in Africa.


Our Goals

To realise the Institute's mission, our work is organised around four goals.

  1. Leadership performance enhanced
  2. Sustainable development championed by leaders
  3. Knowledge and practice of good leadership advanced
  4. UONGOZI Institute recognised as a centre of excellence in leadership for sustainable development

Our Values

Professionalism, Reliability, Integrity, Respect, Creativity.


UONGOZI Institute's Board of Directors

Amb. Kari Alanko


Embassy of Finland, South Africa

Deputy Chairperson:
Mr. Philemon Luhanjo

Former Chief Secretary
United Republic of Tanzania

Professor Glenn Denning

Professor of Professional Practice, School of International and Public Affairs
Columbia University, U.S.A.

Amb. John Haule

High Commission of the United Republic of Tanzania, Kenya

Ms. Elsie Kanza

Senior Director, Head of Africa,
World Economic Forum, Switzerland

Professor Idris Kikula

Vice Chancellor,
University of Dodoma, Tanzania

Dr. Frannie Léautier

Senior Vice-President,                                                                

African Development Bank Group, Ivory Coast

Ms. Anneli Temmes

Managing Director,
HAUS - Finnish Institute of Public Management, Finland


Our Staff

The institute is managed by a lean, highly-skilled secretariat focusing on coordination and quality control. Our Chief Executive Officer is Professor Joseph Semboja. To provide the highest quality of leadership services and products, the Institute engages a network of local and international experts on a consultancy basis.