Our Team

Founder and Executive Director

Jerry Geofrey Mang’ena

Executive Secretary

Cretus Mtonga

Science Comms. & Dissemination Manager

Nancy Iraba

Valeli Joseph Bugota

Valeli Joseph Bugota

Agri-aquaculture Officer

Mbonea Assery Mdoe

Aquaculture Consultancy Officer

Benard Sally Kaitira

Research and Programme Development Manager

Fadhili Mustapha Malesa

Grant Writting Associate

Marcela Herrera Sarrias

Assistant Programme and Development officer

Prisca Issangya

Communication Intern

Jamaly Makita Malongwe

Grant Writing Associate

Simone Phorè

Technical staff & Ass. Fundraising officer

Edwin Superius Rwakinini

Technical Personel

John Praygod Kimaro

Founder and Executive Director

Jerry Geofrey Mang’ena

Jerry Geofrey Mang’ena he is a marine biologist and a Mandela Washington Fellow, 2019  with over 3 years of experience in community-based activity of the fisheries and aquaculture, currently, Jerry is the co-founder and executive director of Aqua-Farms Organization that deals with communities on sustainable utilization of the aquatic resources as a mean of reducing hunger and poverty. He is responsible for administration, fundraising, community outreach programs and strategic plans of the organization.  Jerry is currently pursuing his Master in Food Security, at University of Dar es Salaam where is focused on seafood post-harvest losses, Jerry holds a bachelor degree of science with honours in Aquatics Sciences and Fisheries from University of Dar es Salaam. He is committed to protect the oceans, lakes and rivers from unsustainable use and he believes a proper use of these resources is the way to end hunger and poverty.

Executive Secretary

Cretus Mtonga

Executive Secretary

Science Comms. & Dissemination Manager

Nancy Iraba

Nancy Iraba is a Marine Scientist with over 3 years of experience in benthic Oceanography. She has been working with Aqua-Farms Organization since 2016 as a Science Communication and Dissemination Personnel. Nancy has led a number of environmental and community projects including Let’s do it Movement against plastic pollution for the community of Kunduchi Mtongani and Mission Green Project which aims at restoring Mangrove coastal forests in damaged areas of Tanzania under Aqua-Farms Organization which is still ongoing.

Her enthusiasm for nature and environment conversation made her win Hidden Eco-heroine Award in 2017  for leading AREP project that aimed at protecting the Aquatic environment involving creating awareness to youth in secondary schools.

In 2018 she won 2500USD as the second prize winner of quarry life awards in the category of research stream with the project known as “ Does rehabilitation of Wazo Hill Quarry supports the ecology of Birds?

Nancy has participated in World Ocean Day 2018 as a panellist emphasizing on awareness programs against plastic pollution to youth and proper science communication of scientific findings. She has been out of the sea twice for Ocean expeditions in exploring and researching of the Ocean under the Republic of South Africa and other African Senior Scientists in the field of Marine Sciences. She is currently funded Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) to study Masters in Marine Sciences at University of Dar es Salaam. Apart from being a Scientist and a Researcher, Nancy is also a Young Entrepreneur venturing in Event Industry, she is a founder and Director of PaddaFelis Events. She is also a  Lead Organizer for TedxOysterbay community which is an annual event that gives a platform to the community to share their ideas to the world and be part of change amongst themselves. She is passionate about Science communication, Ocean Conservancy, Nature, and Gender Equality.

Valeli Joseph Bugota

Valeli Joseph Bugota

Valeli Joseph Bugota

Agri-aquaculture Officer

Mbonea Assery Mdoe

Agri-aquaculture Officer

Aquaculture Consultancy Officer

Benard Sally Kaitira

Aquaculture Consultancy Officer

Research and Programme Development Manager

Fadhili Mustapha Malesa

Fadhili Mustafa Malesa is a Marine Scientist and Aquaculture/Mariculture activist with experience in working with local farmers and small artisanal fishermen around Dar es Salaam and Pwani region. He is a Co-Founder of Aqua-Farms Organization and works as Research and Programme Development Manager.

Fadhili Holds a Bachelor degree of Science with honour in Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries from University of Dar es Salaam,  he is very proactive and  He completed a number of Consultancies from, Department of Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries at University of Dar es Salaam and Tanzania Fisheries Research Institute (TAFIRI) as Research Assistant on Plankton Ecological Analysis.

In 2018, he implemented the Project titled; Community based economization of rehabilitated fish ponds at Wazo Hill Quarry, funded Tanzania Portland Cement Company Limited (TPCC) as Principal Investigator and emerged as First Winner during Quarry Life Awards, won 5000£.

Currently, Fadhili is pursuing his  Masters of Science in Marine Sciences at Institute of Marine Sciences, (Zanzibar) University of Dar es Salaam. He expects to conduct his dissertation on Genetic variability of cultured and wild populations of African Cat Fish for improving adaption and production in Tanzania.

Grant Writting Associate

Marcela Herrera Sarrias

Grant Writting Associate

Assistant Programme and Development officer

Prisca Issangya

Assistant Programme and Development officer

Communication Intern

Jamaly Makita Malongwe

Jamali M. Malongwe is proudly second child among four children of Mr.
Malongwe family. He was born in Singida central part of Tanzania in October,1998 and accomplished his primary education at Utaho Primary School.

He was shifted to the busiest and capital city of Dar es Salaam and joined his ordinary
education at Pugu High School, accomplished at 2015 and then join Advanced Education at Kigonsera High School ended in 2018. Finally, he was admitted to the IT specialized College at Unique Academy for pursuing an undergraduate degree in which he is in his last year of study.
He is successful in digital content creation and social media enthusiast. His
strength-based on pursuing digital work and managing to develop online and social media contents.
Through this visionary perspective earned him a chance to work with the local owned travel company as an online and content creator, operating internationally that deals with adventure wildlife safaris, culture tours, beach holidays and mountainous. His work motivated people to travel and explore the best places found in Tanzania through creating attractive online contents.
Malongwe is still an enthusiast to explore and discover digital knowledge in
international platforms and also, he is the happiest to involve in different project that develop his professional carrier development.

Grant Writing Associate

Simone Phorè

Simone Phorè is a South African native, with a background in urban planning and maritime spatial planning (MSP). She has experience working as a housing research fellow focusing on best practices in the affordable housing space to eradicate poverty and homelessness. Additionally, she has experience in marine research and conservation, using MSP and blue growth to search for the balance between diverse maritime sectors and the conservation of the marine environment. Simone’s future ambitions are to build a world where people live and prosper in harmony with nature.

Technical staff & Ass. Fundraising officer

Edwin Superius Rwakinini

Technical staff & Ass. Fundraising officer

Technical Personel

John Praygod Kimaro