Stephen is a development professional with more than fifteen years of experience in development programmes, human centered design, strategic planning, campaigning, government relations, research, conservation, data for development, data driven innovations, evidence-based decision making, policy formulation, and advocacy in Tanzania, Africa, and globally.
Stephen has played an active role as a strategist and expert in developing and shaping national, regional, and global development agendas, this includes the Africa Union Agenda 2063 (The Africa We Want), United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (Sustainable Development Goals/ Global Goals), and Tanzania’s Five Years Development Plan III 2021/22 – 2025/26. He is a member of the National SDGs Coordination Framework, and the Development Partners Group on Innovation and Technology (DPG IT) in Tanzania.
He possesses excellent relationship building, stakeholders’ management and advocacy skills gained through years of work experience engaging with national governments, intergovernmental organizations (UN and AU), and international organizations in national, regional, and global development processes.
He is a seasoned and respected development expert who co-founded the Africa Regional Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (ARCSEM), Africa Working Group (AWG), Africa Philanthropic Foundation (APF), Tanzania Data Lab (dLab), Uwezo Tanzania, Tanzania Youth Vision Association, and the Youth of United Nations Association of Tanzania (YUNA-TZ).
He also sits in several global expert panels on UN reforms, Sustainable Development Goals, Finance for Development, Earth Observation, Data, and Innovation.
Stephen holds post-graduate degrees in business administration, and management of foreign relations.