Godfrey Madara Nyerere,  Chairperson, CDEA

He is a Pan-Africanist and has a passion of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money community charitable activities. He is  the Goodwill Ambassador of IBF Africa Sports Tourism. He is also is a Marketing Director, JKN Hotels Limited, Butiama, Tanzania. He is also a freelance columnist with Tanzania newspapers and a blogger. In addition, he manages the Butiama  Cultural Tourism Enterprise which promotes the cultural heritage  around the homestead of   ‘Father of the Nation’, Mwalimu  Julius  Kambarage Nyerere, Chief Edward Wanzagi’s homestead, the Mwalimu J.K. Nyerere Museum, the hike and panoramic view of the Butiama village s, farms and people’s settlement, Lake Victoria, and the Mara River valley

Ambassador Eninar H. Jensen, Royal Danish Embassy . Tanzania

Danish Royal Embassy in Dar es Salaam formulated the Tanzania Culture and Development Programme October 2014 to October 2017, through which CDEA’s research programme on culture and creative industries is supported. The programme has two specific objectives namely:  Improved participation of youth in art and cultural activities and increased focus on cultural and creative industries contribute to the socio-economic development of Tanzania. Through Ambasador Jensen leadership, CDEA was supported to host the inaugural Mashariki Creative Economy Impact Investment Conference in Dar es Salaam.


Hon.  Harrison George Mwakyembe , Minister of  Information, Arts, Culture and Sports Tanzania

Under his leadership, the ministry is gathering views of the stakeholder regarding the National Arts Development Policy . In addition, the ministry is coordinating  the process of establishing the national arts and creative economy fund. In addition, under his ministry, the Film Board plans to issue classification and accreditation  for film stakeholders as part of professionalizing the sector.




Dr. Consolatha Ishebabi, Director SMEs, Ministry of Trade and Industry, Tanzania

Dr. Consolatha Ishebabi, made opening remarks on behalf of Hon. Charles J.P Mwijage, Minister of Trade and Investment. She pointed out that in collaboration with the Ministry of Information, Culture, Arts and Sports,  under Hon  Mwijage’s leadership the ministry ert of Trade and Industry will review  Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Law No. 7 1999 to strenghten the Copyright Society of Tanzania (COSOTA)’s managment and protect artists economic rights.


Hon. Dr. James Ndahiro,  East African Legislative Assembly, EALA, Rwanda

Hon Ndahiro was mover of  EAC Culture and Creative Industries Bill, 2015  that was passed by the East  African Legislative Assembly (EALA). The object of the Bill is to promote the Culture and Creative industries at the EAC. The Bill seeks to establish the Culture and Creative Industries Council that shall provide an environment conducive to the enhancement and stimulation of creativity and innovative endeavors among the citizens of the Community. Once formed, the Council shall provide high quality training for skills and creativity development, and formulate policies and strategies to stimulate creativity and innovations among the youth to ensure long term supply of talents.


 Stephen Gugu, Co-founder Viktoria Venture, Kenya

Stephen had over 6 years of experience in the financial services sector before jumping into entrepreneurship in 2011. He has tertiary education qualifications in Law, Accounting and Finance and completed an International MBA with an emphasis on Entrepreneurship at Vlerick Management School in Belgium in 2011. As a part-time Lecturer at Strathmore University, he gives courses in Entrepreneurial finance and as a training partner of the East Africa Venture Capital Association on matters relating to finance and investment


Daniel  Maginga, Investment Executive, GroFin, Tanzania

Daniel Maginga has over 15 years’ banking experience in Tanzania and East Africa in general. He has served as a senior manager in business development and credit risk in local, regional and international Banks such as Exim Bank Tanzania Ltd, Barclays Bank and Stanbic Bank.

He has robust knowledge in the Tanzanian Financial market in the areas of Relationship Management, Credit Risk, Portfolio Management, Small and Growing Business Investments and Business Support. He holds a Master’s of Science(Msc) Degree in Finance and Investment from Coventry University, United Kingdom.


George Gachara, MD, Heva Fund, Kenya

 George is a cultural activist, an author and the managing partner at HEVA. George has had a career spanning over 6 years in nonprofit resource development, and governance with a particular focus in youth development, social innovation and arts management.

In addition to his work at HEVA, George is a co-director at the NEST – a dynamic Nairobi-based arts company that established the HEVA fund.

George is an advisor for the Africa region with the Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award for Young People, a Global Fellow for the International Youth Foundation and a recipient of the International Development Committee’s Outstanding Leadership Award.