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Esaff Staff Members

Name: Joe Mzinga Position: Regional Coordinator. Joe is a Masters Degree holder in International Relations from Warsaw University and has 10 years experience working in the Civil Society sector and media in Eastern and Southern Africa. He has always been passionate about Advocacy and Sustainable Development. Before joining ESAFF in 2009, he worked with the Tanzania’s largest grants making organization, The Foundation for Civil Society, from 2005 to 2009. In 2004-5 he was the Campaigns and Advocacy Officer of PELUM Association in Lusaka, Zambia. Between 2002 and 2004, he worked with the Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP). Before joining TGNP he worked with the Tanzania Broadcasting Cooperation (RTD) as an assistant news editor. Email:
Name: Irene L. Ngao Position: Campaign Advocacy and Lobbying Manager Irene holds a Masters Degree of Science in Human Resources Management from Mzumbe University in Morogoro and a Bachelor Degree (Public administration) obtained at the University of Dodoma. An avid leaner, she has attended several training programmes in various disciplines in and outside Tanzania.As the Administrative Officer she is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the administrative and human resources function. She contributes to the accomplishment of human resources practices and objectives that provide an employee-oriented, high performance culture that emphasizes empowerment, quality, productivity and standards, goal attainment, and the recruitment and ongoing development of a superior workforce. Email:
Name: Stella Mark Henry Position:  Finance Manager Stella holds a Bachelor degree in Finance & Banking from the Institute of Finance Management (IFM) in Tanzania. A multi tasker, Stella also works within the Gender and Climate Change thematic area. Her greatest motivation is her tasks completed with accuracy and having what is thought impossible possible. Stella has seen her career flourish since joining ESAFF as an intern. Email:

Name: Martha Mathias Mwanamaziku Position: Martha Mathias Mwanamaziku Martha holds a Bachelor Degree of Accounts and Finance from Mzumbe University in Mbeya and she has attended several training programmes inside Tanzania. She has an experience working with Brac Tanzania before joining ESAFF as the Finance and Administrative Officer she is in charge of the day-to-day operations of the administrative and accounts section.


Name: Emmanuel Justine Position: Fundraising and Communications Manager

Emmanuel holds a bachelor's degree in Public Administration from Mzumbe University, Morogoro, He has a vast knowledge in fundraising and project management, He provides day-to-day communications with the project team to ensure tasks remain on inline. A team player, Emmanuel holds an excellent track record of strong working relationships. Other highlights of his work include working with social security institutions and research company

Name: Augustin Mpawenimana
Position: National Coordinator, ESAFF Burundi More than six (6) years of dynamic experience in International Organizations and UN Agency. Mr. Augustin Mpawenimana has excellent skills in project development and management, data collection and database management, monitoring and evaluation and capacity building. Mr. Augustin Mpawenimana has worked on different projects including; community livelihoods resiliency, counter trafficking, water, stabilizing community through Agriculture value chain development, loans for Agriculture, Mr. Augustin Mpawenimana holds Master’s degree in Community Development at the University of Hope Africa, Bujumbura-Burundi. He also obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences for Development at Université Lumière de Bujumbura. Mr. Augustin Mpawenimana has made two publications related to Food and Agriculture and has been a part-time lecturer at International University of Equator. Email:
Name: Elizabeth Opollo Position:  National Coordinator, (KESSFF KENYA) Ms. Elizabeth is a vibrant young Kenyan with passion for social development and progress. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture (Crop Science) from Kenyatta University obtained in December 2015 and currently pursuing a Masters of Business Administration (Project Management) Degree at the same institution. Elizabeth has worked with reputable Non-governmental Organizations both at the National and Regional level in the implementation of the AU Malabo Declaration Goals. She has been involved in championing for Non-State Actors, especially small-scale farmers participation and inclusiveness in the CAADP Implementation process at all levels. Her interests includes issues concerning sustainable agricultural development and social equity. She is also a member of Young Professionals for Agriculture Development (YPARD) Kenya Chapter. Email:
Name: Oscar Mpiranya Position: National Coordinator, (APPEE Rwanda) Mr. Oscar Mpiranya is a national coordinator of APPE-ESAFF Rwanda, in charge of coordinating small scale farmers’ activities in project influence iiibefore joining ESAFF, Oscar worked as a master trainer at Forum for Agriculture research in Africa (fara), he also worked with USAID under project Huguka dukore in 2017 which was implemented by education development center and local organization for making youth participating to Rwanda national economy through entrepreneurship development. Oscar holds bachelor’s degree in rural development economics from Institute of higher learning of Ruhengeri. Email:
Name: Mr. Maswati Dludlu Position:   - National Coordinator, (eSwatini) A Human Rights Activist, community developer and an educator, who started his career in the field of education after graduating  at William Pitcher Teacher Training College in the mid- eighties, He taught in Secondary and High School for six years before he joined Save the Children, an international Children’s rights organization, where he climbed professional ladder and he eventually became a program’s officer in the child education sponsorship programme, whilst pursuing a university education as a community developer. He then decided to pursue his passion in the arts where he started as an actor and later became a playwright, arts activist and producer and believes in the AA (Agriculture and Arts) as an essential component of development. He grew up in the rural areas where he was active in a youth programme for Agriculture called 4 S, which was run by the Government of eSwatini through the Rural Development Area Programme for Agriculture. He is a small scale farmer very passionate about farming but also, as an activist, he has attended many local and international workshops and training on human rights, advocacy and lobbying, good governance, financial management, project management and many more, and has been to many countries in Africa for training, conference, exchange programme and seminars. Currently he is a coordinator for ESAFF Swaziland, a position he assumed in 2017. Email:
Name: Mathabiso Khechane Position: National Coordinator, (Lesotho) Ms Mathabiso Khechane is currently a National Coordinator for ESAFF Lesotho. She has qualifications in education attained from Lesotho college of Education. She then worked as a volunteer at Lesotho Rural Women Assembly, from 2015 after she joined ESAFF she has been a significant contribution in managing farmers into groups of people who could stand for themselves and build a positive relationship with the government to implement its policies while including small scale farmers. Email:
Name: Believe Hlahla Position: National Coordinator (RSA) Mr. Hlahla holds a BSc in Agriculture from Univeristy of Limpopo and extensive experience working with smallholder farmers. He served as a Postgraduate intern and fulfilled various responsibilities while working on a Master's degree in Agricultural Extension. The incumbent was responsible for the formation of Community Development Forums (networking platform), technical and managerial support for smallholder farmers linked to CRCE.  He believes in the importance of local innovations, which informed his master's research project on indigenous peoples’ efforts to manage natural resources in general and wetlands.