Board Members



Ms. Fatuma Karume - President, Tanganyika Law Society

Advocate Fatma Karume is the President of the Tanganyika Law Society and Partner at IMMMA Advocates. She has a wealth of experience in Commercial Litigation, Judicial Review, Tax disputes; Arbitration, Winding-up; Receivership, Company Law; Intellectual Property Law; Media Law. Ms. Karume has a LL.B from the University of Sussex and LL.M from the London School of Economics. Ms. Karume was admitted to the Bars at Tanzania and Zanzibar in 1994.

Jenerali Ulimwengu

Jenerali Ulimwengu currently serves as the Chairperson of the Board of Raia Mwema Newspaper and an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania. As a student, he was an active protagonist of progressive action on African liberation and human emancipation. He has served in various roles in the government including the roles of District Commissioner, former Minister and a Member of Parliament in the 1990s. He stands as a vocal critic of the monoparty system and has played a key role in creating awareness through his role as one of Tanzania’s revered intellectuals.

Dr. Rugemeleza Nshala

Dr. Rugemeleza Nshala serves as Executive Director of the Lawyers Environment Action Team (LEAT). He is a Doctor of Juridical Studies (S.J.D) from Harvard Law School. He holds a Bachelors of Laws Degree (LL.B) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which he obtained in 1993; a Masters of Laws Degree (LL.M) from Harvard Law School and Masters of Environmental Management (MEM) from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies that he obtained in 1997 and 2007, respectively. In 1994, he co-founded Lawyers' Environmental Action Team (LEAT), one of the first public interest environmental law organizations in eastern and central Africa. Its formation spurred the formation of similar organizations in other African countries. Dr. Nshala is the current President of the Tanganyika Law Society elected by his peers on 5th April 2019 to lead the Bar Association. 

Rev. Benson Bagonza

Reverend Benson K Bagonza is a PhD holder in Systematics/Theology of Sustainable Development from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago, USA. Reverend Bagonza is currently the Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania - Karagwe Diocese, a position he has held since 2003. He is a well-respected leader of the Lutheran church in Tanzania and the African region where he serves on the African Regional and Global Board of the United Evangelical Missions. Bishop Bagonza is also the Chair of the Advocacy Committee of the Tanzania Christian Forum, which is the largest congregation of Christian leaders with representation from all Christian denominations in the country. He is the founder of the Karagwe University College, a constituent college of the Tumaini Makumira University where he serves as council Vice Chair. He is well read and published on a wide range of topics including on Globalization, Management of Public Interests and Leadership.

Rebeca Giyumi

 Is Founder & Executive Director at Msichana Initiative, a local NGO that aims to empower the girl child through education, and address key challenges that limit girl’s right to education. A lawyer by profession, Rebecca pursued and won a landmark case on child marriage at the High Court to challenge the Tanzania Marriage Act (1971) which allowed girls as young as 14 to get married. She was named 2016 UNICEF global goals award winner for her work in advancing girls’ rights in Tanzania. She was named among 2016 African Women of the Year by New Africa Women magazine. She worked for over 8 years with Femina as a TV personality and youth advocate.

She has paneled and facilitated different national and international forums, with focus on youth and girl empowerment. In November 2013, she was selected by US embassy Tanzania under US Department of state to attend International Visitors Leadership Program (IVLP) for youth with leadership potential. She won the 2017 inaugural IVLP alumni award for social innovation and change for her landmark win at the High Court.

Rebecca is a Global Shaper, University of Cape Town Young Leaders Fellow, a member of the advisory group for UNICEF&UNFPA Global Programme on Child Marriage and sits on the Advisory Board of SNV-Netherlands OYE project.

Othman Masoud

Othman is a member of the Independent Oversight Committee of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). He served as the Attorney General of Zanzibar from 2007 to 2014. He served as the Director of Public Prosecutions in Zanzibar for seven years prior to serving as Attorney General. Masoud is one of the leading legal minds in Zanzibar with a wealth of experience in legal and criminal justice reforms having served in the Revolutionary Government of Zanzibar for over two decades. He was also a member of the Constituent Assembly in 2014, which had been tasked with enacting a new Constitution for the United Republic of Tanzania. He was eventually recalled from office for protesting irregularity in the passing of the proposed constitution by the constituent assembly.