H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

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H. E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete

The African Sustainable Development Forum is convened by H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete (born 7 October 1950) was the fourth President of Tanzania, in office from 2005 to 2015. Prior to his election as President, he was the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1995 to 2005 under his predecessor, Benjamin Mkapa. He has also served as the Chairperson of the African Union in 2008–2009, and the Chairman of the Southern African Development Community Troika on Peace, Defence and Security in 2012–2013.

In his more than 30 years of public service, President Kikwete served in different party, military and government positions. He joined the Cabinet in 1988 and he held several ministerial portfolios including Minister for Finance, Minister for Water, Energy and Mineral Resources and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. He was the longest serving Foreign Minister in the history of Tanzania after serving that position for a ten year tenure.

During his tenure in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he led Tanzania’s efforts to bring about peace in the Great Lakes region, particularly in Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). As Chairman of East African Community’s Council of Ministers, he played a pivotal role in moving forward the process of regional integration in East Africa, particularly the delicate negotiations of establishing a Customs Union between Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda. He also Co-chaired the Helsinki Process on Globalization and Democracy with the Foreign Minister of Finland.

On 31st January 2016, The Chairperson of the African Union Commission, President Kikwete was appointed as the African Union High Representative in Libya. Later in 2016, he was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to serve as member of the Lead Group of the Scaling Up Nutrition Movement.

UONGOZI Institute

Prof. Joseph Semboja CEO, UONGOZI Institut

Prof. Joseph Semboja
CEO, UONGOZI Institute

The Institute of African Leadership for Sustainable Development (UONGOZI Institute), is a think-tank that exists to support African leaders to advance 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.

The Institute, operating under the auspices of the Office of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania, is based in Dar es Salaam and was established by the Government of Tanzania and Finland in 2010. The Institute provides short training courses to leaders from Tanzania and beyond, organizes high-level policy forums and dialogues, carries out research on leadership and sustainable development, and supports African governments in the formulation of policies specific to sustainable development.

Our target audience includes;

  • Senior Government leaders (from assistant Directors to Directors, Ministers, Prime Ministers, Vice Presidents and Presidents)
  • Senior Management and CEOs/MDs/GMs of private organisations, NGOs, non-profits, and
  • Academic institutions; and young and emerging leaders from the public sector, private sector and civil society.

UONGOZI Institute recognises that there is an inextricable link between leadership and sustainable development because it is the leaders who are the drivers of sustainable development. Our desire is that through working with leaders we will provide tangible and long lasting benefits to sustainable development in Africa.

Institute Overview

“Uongozi” means leadership in Kiswahili, and inspiring and strengthening leadership is the core purpose of our organisation. 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 and equitable Africa through effective leadership for sustainable development.

Our Mission

To inspire and equip African leaders to realize their personal and collective potential to deliver sustainable solutions for African citizens.


For more information visit: www.uongozi.or.tz