Prof. Fortunata Songora Makene
Executive Director

Prof. Fortunata Songora Makene is an expert in development sociology, gender, and social protection. She has extensive experience in academic and policy research. Her work is rooted primarily in sociology, but it incorporates elements of law and anthropology. She has supported research and policy work on social protection and human rights, development, sociology of law, transnational institutions, and urbanization mainly in sub-Saharan Africa and the United States of America (USA). She has more than 30 publications focusing on socio-economic reforms, advancing gender equity, women and girls’ economic empowerment, children’s rights to education and health, urbanization, and women leadership. Prof. Makene has taught Sociology, Global Studies and Women’s Studies at Worcester State University and Clark University in the USA and was the Head of the Department of Research and Policy at UONGOZI Institute (where she also designed a Women in Leadership Programme) and the Head of the Department of Strategic Research and Publications at the Economic and Social Research Foundation.

Prof. Makene serves as a member of the National Advisory Committee on Generation Equality Forum to promote Economic Justice Rights in Tanzania. In September 2022, she received the Phenomenal Woman of Worth Award from the African Women Leadership Organization as a recognition of her groundbreaking expertise in women’s leadership.

Prof. Makene was educated at the University of Minnesota (USA), where she obtained a Ph.D. in Sociology where she is also a MacArthur scholar and Compton Peace Fellow. She also holds a Master of Science in Social Responsibility from St. Cloud State University (USA); and, B.A. Sociology from the University of Dar Es Salaam.

Her main challenges at ESRF are to continue consolidating the Foundation’s mandate as the centre of excellence in policy research relevant for guiding sustainable growth and development in Tanzania and the region. She will be out for collaboration with stakeholders in the public and private sectors. ESRF is actively engaged in social economic policy research, policy dialogue and programmes for capacity development of both government and non-state actors in Tanzania.

Prof. Samuel Wangwe
PRINCIPAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Dr. Tausi Mbaga Kida
PRINCIPAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Dr. Hoseana B. Lunogelo
PRINCIPAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Dr. Oswald J. Mashindano
SENIOR RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Mrs. Margareth Nzuki
HEAD OF KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT & INNOVATIONS

Ms. Vivian Kazi
HEAD OF STRATEGIC RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS

Mr. Deodatus Sagamiko
HEAD OF HUMAN RESOURCE & ADMINISTRATION

Mr. Ernest Chiwenda
HEAD OF FINANCE AND RESOURCE MOBILIZATION

Mr. Abel Lawrence Songole
HEAD OF COMMISSIONED RESEARCH

Mr. Danford Sango
HEAD OF GOVERNANCE AND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Constantine Manda
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW/DIRECTOR, IMPACT EVALUATION LABORATORY

Mr. John Kajiba
PRINCIPAL INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY EXPERT

Ms. Aldegunda Ngowi
PRINCIPAL ACCOUNTANT

Mr. Moja Mapunda
INTERNAL AUDITOR

Mr. Frederick Yona
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW

Dr. Mugisha Rweyemamu
SENIOR RESEARCH FELLOW

Mr. Senorine Libena
SENIOR PUBLICATION AND COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER

Mr. Richard Ngilangwa
ASSISTANT RESEARCH FELLOW

Ms Noela Ringo
RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Ms. Agatha Kiama
RESEARCH ASSISTANT

Mr. Zakayo Zakaria
MONITORING AND EVALUATION EXPERT

Mr. James Paul Kasindi
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY EXPERT

Mr. Selemani Haji
ASSISTANT ACCOUNTANT

Ms. Jacqueline Mwijage
PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Mr. Yasser Manu
ADMINISTRATIVE OFFICER

Mr. Theo Mtega
OFFICE ASSISTANT

Ms. Prisca Mghamba
SENIOR OFFICE ATTENDANT