Board of Directors

Maendeleo is governed by a Board of 8 members. The day to day activities of Mandeleo are under two Co-excutives.


Amani Jackson Kitali | Newark, NJ.

Amani Kitali has been a member of Maendeleo since 2005 and has served as Co-Executive Director and Board Member since 2011. He contributed in founding of TPC Parents against AIDS, an NGO headquartered in Northern Tanzania that addresses the socio-economic burden of HIV-AIDS to rural families in Tanzania.
Professionally, Amani works in management of clinical research and clinical trials. He is currently a Senior Study Manager for a leading pharmaceutical company in New Jersey. His past work experience has been in clinical lab research, epidemiology field research, and managing clinical trials in the Hematology, Oncology, Cardiovascular, and Infectious Disease therapeutic areas. Apart from his work in clinical trial management, he has been involved in a few public health and development initiatives back in Tanzania.
Amani received a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, and a Master of Public Health degree from Yale School of Public Health. A native of Tanzania, he now lives in Newark, New Jersey.

Mwombeki Fabian | Los Angeles, CA.

Mwombeki Fabian is among the first beneficiaries of Maendeleo as a medical student. He currently serves as Co-Executive Director and Board Member. A medical graduate of Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Mwombeki has worked as physician and a public health project manager in his native country Tanzania promoting HIV/AIDS prevention, substance abuse and Human Resource for Health. He also holds a masters degree in Clinical Informatics and Healthcare Management from Duke University, North Carolina.

An enthusiast of Health informatics, Data analytics and Business intelligence, Mwombeki worked as a Clinical Informatics Systems Analyst for a hospital in Georgia.
Currently, he is a healthcare/IT consultant with Deloitte Consulting LLP in Los Angeles, CA where he also resides.

Other Board Members;

Frank Minja | New Haven, CT.
Frank 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.

Cynthia Eyakuze | New York City, NY.
Cynthia Eyakuze, born in Mwanza, Tanzania, briefly grew up in the shadow of Bugando Hospital. She studied public health and received an MPH in Epidemiology from Columbia University. Based in New York City, she has worked for over 15 years on women’s rights, reproductive and maternal health and rights, and HIV and TB issues with various international organizations. She is currently the Director of the Accountability and Monitoring in Health Initiative in the Public Health Program at the Open Society Foundation. She has been involved with Maendeleo since 2007 and joined the Board in 2011. The daughter of a doctor, she is proud to help support the development of the next generation of doctors in her country.

Steven Wasira | New York City, NY.
Steve Wasira, Jr has been actively involved with Maendeleo initiatives since 2008. He is a Business Development Manager for Sithe Global, an infrastructure development company engaged in various markets around the world. Steve focuses on new business development in Africa. Steve is also an active member of AngelAfrica (, a New York based not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote entrepreneurship and private sector as a way for sustainable economic development in Africa. Steve is a native of Tanzania and a graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County with a BS degree in Information Management Systems.

Steven Nkurlu | Newark, DE.

Steve Nkurlu is Director of Recreation and Respite Services at Easter Seals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore. A graduate from Lincoln University, PA, Steve has been involved in services and advocacy for disabled population for over ten years. Specifically, he has been in designing and implementing programs that promote independence and recreational opportunities to individuals with disabilities while providing respite to their caregivers. Steve has experience in program administration, marketing, strategic planning, organizational leadership in a medium-sized non-profit organization. He is a member of the American Camp Association (ACA) and enjoys most outdoor activities, traveling, theater and volunteering. Steve and his wife, Elizabeth, will soon be relocating to Newark, Delaware.

Mbago Kaniki | New York City, NY

Mbago Kaniki is CEO of Alva Cogen, a distributed energy company, and CEO of Adansonia Management, a private investment firm.  He has invested in private companies since 2001.  Mbago serves on corporate boards including Seahawk Drilling and VanDeMark Chemical, and nonprofit boards including Maendeleo and Touch Foundation.  He is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mbago was previously a Managing Director and the Head of Strategic Investments at 40 North Industries; a Senior Analyst at Anchorage Capital Group; a Principal at Sageview Capital; a Vice President at The Carlyle Group; and a Business Analyst at McKinsey & Company.  He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Harvard University.

Estomih E Mtui |New York City, NY

Estomih Mtui, MD, is an Associate Professor of Anatomy in Cell and Developmental Biology (Education) Dr. Mtui, Director of the Program in Anatomy and Body Visualization, is responsible for overall administration of the Anatomy Program and the development and implementation of the Gross Anatomy and Functional Neuroanatomy curricula. Under Dr. Mtui’s stewardship.

An innovative educator, Dr. Mtui designed the Anatomy curricula as a hybridization of Clinical and Gross Anatomy to portray the broad range of anatomical presentations students will encounter in their training and careers. He is Associate Director of the course design group for the Human Structure and Function course and the Brain and since 1999, the Program has grown to four full-time and ten adjunct faculty members.
Mind course, and is Director of the Anatomy Course for the Graduate School’s MSHS Physician Assistant Program. Seeing the need for innovative curricular resources, Dr. Mtui led the creation of an online teaching tool for Functional Neuroanatomy that has consistently ranked highest in student evaluations of the course units. Dr. Mtui has won several teaching awards here at Weill Cornell including the Elliot Hochstein Teaching Award and The Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society award and has played a significant role in developing the Anatomy Programs at WCMC-Qatar and at Weill Bugando College of Health Sciences in Tanzania. Dr. Mtui works tirelessly to arrange opportunities for medical students to participate in clinical research programs in Tanzania, personally arranging summer electives for students at medical schools and hospitals in Tanzania with the belief that greater interconnectedness in the healthcare community benefits all.
After receiving his MD in 1977 at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Dr. Mtui completed a Teaching and Research Fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, and received a Master of Medical Sciences degree in Neuroanatomy at the University College, Galway, Ireland. His research focuses on the investigation of neural networks within the central nervous system involved in the control of visceral reflex function during different phases of sleep-wake cycle and in response to pain and exercise. A major effort is underway to identify pathways in the nervous system capable of producing widespread activation of cerebral cortex and responsible for initiation and maintenance of conscious behavior.
Dr. Mtui is a member of the American Association of Clinical Anatomists, the Society for Neuroscience, and the International Brain Research Organization, among others. He is a co-author of Clinical Neuroanatomy and Neuroscience, of which the sixth edition has just been released.

Chiume Nathan |New York City, NY

nathanNathan Chiume is a financial risk and compliance officer with over 10 years of Wall Street experience working with major asset managers. He is also a political and economic analyst of East African affairs, with a focus on Tanzania and Malawi.