Board of Directors
Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE has lived and worked in East Africa for the last 20 years, primarily as a photographer. Throughout his career his awareness of suffering and the marginalised has led him to establish several social enterprises and projects. He started with a friend in Kampala by establishing a street children's project, originally called The Tigers Club and now known internationally as Retrak. Subsequently he moved to Tanzania and set up the Dar es Salaam Charity Goat Races, an annual fundraising event which has raised over $350,000 since its inception. He also worked with COOK in the UK, collecting donated mobile phones, which he had reconditioned in his shop in Kariakoo (Dar es Salaam) and sold to pay for street girls' school fees. In addition he established the 'Wonder Workshop' to support disabled men and women who had no other option than begging. This is an ongoing project with men and women with disabilities creating artwork out of scrap metal, wood, recycled paper and glass.
Paul is the Founder Director of Molly's Network. From his various experiences working in this field he had the initial idea of an accreditation and support agency as a way to assist small grass roots charities to reach their full potential and connect with opportunities beyond their communities in 2008. Molly's Network was subsequently established in 2011, the year after his daughter, Molly, died in an accident at 2 years old. Her memory lives on and drives his hope for improving lives of the less fortunate. In November 2011 Prince Charles invested Paul with an MBE in recognition of his work helping the marginalised in Tanzania.
Godfrey Mramba is the Managing Partner and Chief Executive Officer of Basil & Alred, where he is also responsible for tax and corporate development services. Prior to founding Basil & Alred, Godfrey was the Managing Director and Vice President of Coeur Tanzania Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Coeur d’Alene Mines Corporation (Coeur), the largest U.S.-based primary silver producer. He was with Coeur for 15 years (seven as those years as Managing Director and Board Member of Coeur Tanzania), and prior to that he worked as an Auditor with Ernst & Young in Seattle.
Godfrey is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed by the State of Washington, U.S.A, and he is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the Washington Society of Certified Public Accountants (WSCPA). He is also registered as a CPA with the National Board of Accountants and Auditors of Tanzania (NBAA) and is certified by the Tanzania Revenue Authority as a Registered Tax Consultant. He holds a Master of Accountancy degree from the University of Idaho in the U.S.A.
Godfrey is a Board Member in various companies based in Tanzania including insurance, hotels, exploration and investments. As the Chairman of Molly's Network, he brings rigorous financial accountability and oversight.
Aida Kiangi is the East Africa Manager for Windlab. She is an acknowledged social development specialist with experience in strategy development, operational planning and financial management in the private and public sector (particularly with local government authorities and non-governmental organizations). Previous roles have included Country Director for ActionAid Tanzania, Contract Manager for PEPFAR Mission Support Services at Deloitte Consulting (on behalf of USAID/Tanzania), Grants Manager for ICAP-Columbia University at Deloitte Consulting, and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility with Barrick Gold in Tanzania.
Aida is a founding member of the Young Executive Stars Tanzania (YES! Tanzania), a network of young Tanzanian executives from the business, government, civil society, academia and arts & culture that focuses on enabling young executives to stay connected, to learn and become better leaders, as well as to promote thought leadership and constructive debate.
She brings her wealth of experience in partnerships with local non-profit organisations to the Board of Directors at Molly's Network, as well as her passion for community-led and focused development, and her track record in non-profit strategic direction and oversight.
Aisha Sykes is the Founder and Managing Partner of Refined Advisory, a firm that specializes in corporate social investment, sustainability, strategy, philanthropy, and advisory services for non profits.
She has worked with several organizations across East Africa, including the Canadian High Commission, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Twaweza East Africa, and Creative Eye/UhuruMedia. She is also an Associate at Incite (South Africa), a shared value advisory network, and works with a number of other organizations in an advisory capacity or as an active member. Aisha has dedicated her career to improving the lives and well-being of under-served East Africans through the non-profit, governmental, and commercial sectors. Her career has taken her from working in collaboration with the higher levels of government to implementing development programs alongside local communities.
Aisha holds an M.Sc in Public Policy & Management from the University of London's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and earned her bachelor's degree in gender & sociology from the University of Cape Town.
Catharine Joynson-Hicks, a British environmentalist, grew up in Kenya and has lived and worked in Tanzania for the past 13 years. She has a MSc in Conservation and over 20 years experience of species and habitat conservation, resource management and environmental education in Tanzania, Kenya, Mozambique and Uganda. In 2001 she founded and managed a Tanzanian marine NGO, Sea Sense, and has been working with local communities, government authorities, the private sector and scientists to improve marine resource management in Tanzania. She now sits on the Sea Sense Advisory Board. Catharine lives in Arusha (northern Tanzania) with her husband and two young boys.
Kennedy Oulu is a researcher; strategist; evaluator and leader, with 12 years of practice and experience in development leadership; strategy; research; evaluations and people performance.
He has extensive experience with civil society organizations (CSOs), the private sector, and government agencies in a range of diverse sectors with a focus on youth, women and marginalized groups. He has been a development practitioner and consultant in Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania and in Southern Africa.
He was the Country Director of The Foundation For Tomorrow (TFFT) until January 2016, and before that a Monitoring, Evaluation & Learning Manager with Restless Development Tanzania [2009-2012], preceeded as a VSO Technical Advisor in Malawi. He serves as a member of the Board of Step-by-Step Children Center (for autistic children) and TFFT.
Ken is currently focused on technical consulting and mentoring services for CSOs, the private sector, Government and UN agencies. He is completing his Masters in Research, Educational & Social Research [MRes] from the University of London-UK.
Stephen Lumati is an experienced teacher and education manager with 27 years’ experience both in the Government and in the NGO sector. He has a proven track record of providing exemplary leadership in teacher education; capacity development; quality assurance & standards; fundraising and grants management. He has worked as an Education Project Coordinator with Universal Intervention and Development Organization (UNIDO) in South Sudan. Prior to this, he worked as a Deputy District Education Officer with the Ministry of Education Kenya and as an Assistant Lecturer in various teacher colleges in Kenya. He is currently serving as the Scholarship and Mentoring Program Director at The Foundation For Tomorrow. Stephen is keen to use his experience, knowledge and expertise in creating positive social impact.
Molly's Network's UK Board of Trustees
Razi Latif is Molly's Network UK's Chairman of Trustees. He has 20 years of experience in development work in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Russian Federation. He has worked for a developing country government, a development bank, NGOs, the UN and the EU. He is currently an Environment Adviser in the UK's Department for International Development and is based in Scotland.
Razi's longest posting was to Tanzania (6 years) and Kenya (5 years) where he he worked on natural resources, rural development and environment projects with a whole range of partners. He also progressed work on donor and aid harmonisation under the 'One-UN' initiaitive. Razi's qualifications are in marine resources management, ecology, politics and economics.
Jeremy Cross is a Chartered Surveyor with over 25 years’ professional experience spanning the private, public and non-profit sectors both in the UK and Africa. He lived in Tanzania for seven years, and has direct understanding of the operating context for small community based organisations such as those supported by Molly’s Network through his work with Habitat for Humanity International. Since 2010, Jeremy has worked as an independent assessor for Comic Relief, advising on their ‘People Living in Urban Slums’ programme, and now works as the International Network Manager for the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community.
Lady Gill Brentford
Gill was born in Kenya but was brought up in England; she is married with four children. Her professional background is in finance and business and has been a Trustee of Charities since her mid-twenties, some of them with operations or offices in Africa. She has been Third Estates Commissioner for the Church Commissioners of England and President of CMS during a varied career.
Molly's Network Staff
Julia Maria Angeli is the Executive Director for Molly's Network. She has been working in the development sector for seven years both in headquarter offices in Europe and in developing countries in Asia and Africa. In 2012, she completed a Masters in Gender and Development from the Institute of Development Studies in the UK. Her background has been predominantly in reproductive health and family planning having worked for both Marie Stopes International and UNFPA. She has both research and programmatic experience and is a promoter of innovation and best practices. More recently she has been providing technical capacity building support to a small grass-roots NGO operating in Dar es Salaam. She has been living in Tanzania for over two years and is committed to building the potential of local organisations.
Nestory Mhando is Molly's Network new Programme Manager. He has worked for nearly nine years with civil society organisations in Tanzania and has supported them to develop programmes, manage projects, set strategic directions and improve monitoring & evaluation systems. When working for the Foundation for Civil Society he conducted organisational capacity assessments and provided training and mentorship to his grantees. He also has extensive experience in engaging with various stakeholders from the local community, Local Government Authorities, development stakeholders and the donor community.
Allen Charles is Molly's Network new Finance & Admin Officer. He completed his MBA in Finance at Iringa University and also completed a B.A. in Account and Finance at the Institute of Finance Management in Dar es Salaam. His professional experience includes working for international NGOs, having worked as a Project Accountant for World Wide Fund in Iringa from 2012 to 2016. He also worked as a Project Accountant with the Training Centre for Development Cooperation in Eastern and Southern Africa (MS-TCDC) from 2007 to 2012. He has extensive financial experience and has also been trained in risk management, grant management, project planning and monitoring and evaluation.