Mr. Wilbard Chambulo: Chairman
Save for the Forbes’ (French version for outstanding community service) recognition, Mr Willbard Chambulo is, indeed, an unsung tourism hero of our time. The man behind the thriving Tanganyika Wilderness Camps Ltd (TWC) and Kibo Guides Company (T) Ltd is credited as straightforward and pragmatic visionary leader in the business community. He is well known for his steadfast stance on conservation and community support.
Willy Chambulo, as he is simply referred to, is one of such rare strong-willed individuals who have moved mountains to overcome challenges up the ladder both for his companies and the tourism industry at large. He has always been believer in collective bargaining power. He joined TATO Board from 1990s ‘on and offs’ basis.
Today he is Chairman who is recognized for having taken TATO to this new height in collaboration with other board members in few years at the association’s helm.
Mr. Henry John Kimambo: Vice Chairman
Finished Umbwe High School in 1995. Graduated in 1999 with Advanced Diploma in Business Administration from Institute of Development Management Mzumbe.
Worked as Operations Manager at Kirurumu Luxury Tented Lodge from 1999 until 2001. Graduated in 2002 from Mzumbe University with Masters in Business Administration and majored in Finance & Banking.
2003 joined Asilia Management Company as Project Manager for Kigongoni Lodge until 2006 when he was shifted to Sokwe – Asilia as Transport Manager. Joined A & K end of 2007 as Reservation & Sales Manager for Sanctuary Camps.
End of 2007 joined Grumeti Expeditions as Country General Manager until end of 2008 when he started his own company Dhana Investment Company Limited which runs and operates the following trading names; Osupuko Lodges & Camps, 40-40 Lounger and Dhana Safaris.
Also one of the Founder Directors of Kamitei Foundation.
Mr. Raju Modha: Treasurer
Mrs. Vesna Glamocanin Tibaijuka: Board Member
Mrs. Vesna Glamocanin Tibaijuka of Pure Afro Travels Tanzania, is an auditor by profession, with past experiences including, among others, working for a Commercial Television station as a news producer, and the European Commission as an evaluator, before coming to Tanzania in 2003. Since then she is actively involved in the travel and tourism sector. She co-founded and runs a boutique family-owned travel agency, Pure Afro Travels Tanzania.
Her management skills and solution-oriented mindset, combined with creativity and strong passion for conservation and community, resulted in co-founding, developing, leading, and managing several flagship projects in TATO during her tenure as a TATO Board Member – most notably: the Arusha Elephant March against poaching in 2013 and 2014; the biggest travel show in Tanzania in 2014, the Karibu Travel Market Tanzania (Karibu TMT); since 2016 the ongoing Serengeti De-snaring Program in collaboration with the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS); and during Covid-19 initiated TATO Tourism Reboot program with Familiarization FAM trips for the travel trade.
Mrs. Rahma Ally Adam: Board Member
Ms. Rahma Ally Adam is a highly experienced Tourism and Hospitality expert with more than 20 years of experience in the industry both in Tanzania and abroad.
Rahma started her career in Hospitality industry in Canada before shifting to Tanzania from 1999 at which she served in different positions; currently she is a Managing Director of Springlands Hotel LTD and General Manager of Zara International Travel Agency LTD.
Rahma is a conservationist who has participated and lead several concervation campaigns including Mt. Kilimanjaro cleaning, tree planting and nature protection campaigns, ocean (beach) clean up at Pangani – Tanga, Anti-Poaching, etc.
Rahma has been so much concerned with social and economic welfare of the community; hence was driven to co-found the Zara Tanzania Charity; the Tanzanian based NGO which deals with several development projects in the local communities in Moshi, Karatu and Ngorongoro.
Mrs. Fransisca Masika: Board Member
Fransisca Masika is the founder and Managing director of Nature Responsible Safari Co. Ltd. The company was founded in 2012. Fransisca has a bachelor’s degree in community development, a diploma in journalism, a diploma in business management and administration, and a diploma in tourism and travel. in 2015 she became one of the young entrepreneurs who went to the United States of America under the program of former US President Barack Obama known as the Mandela Washington Fellowship for young African leaders. Before started Nature Responsible Safari Company she worked with Ranger Safaris, Kibo Guides, Thomson Safaris, and Tanganyika filming and Safari outfitters. Fransisca believes that the people involved in the tourism sector are not competitors but have the common goal of promoting the country for the benefit of the majority and cooperation is key.
Mr. Nicolas König: Board Member
Mr. Nicolas König has an extensive career spanning over 30 years as a seasoned “Dreams Dealer” in the hospitality industry. His global influence is reflected in his substantial projects management background across Asia, the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, and Africa.
Having dedicated close to 15 years to Tanzania, particularly in Zanzibar, and over 5 years on the mainland, He led the opening and management of Grand Melia Arusha, alongside the responsibilities for Melia Zanzibar. Beyond his professional achievements, Nicolas actively contributes to the tourism industry as a member of the TATO Board and as a founding Vice Chairman of the innovative Hotel Association Zanzibar (HAZ), established in 2021.
Undoubtedly, Nicolas fervent dedication to the continual enhancement of the industry remains the driving force behind his unwavering pursuit of excellence in every undertaking.
Mr. Vinay Sapra: Board Member
Mr. Patrick Salum: Board Member
Mr. Allan Mollel: Board Member
Mr. Sirili Akko: CEO
Mr. Akko joined TATO in 2010 from World Vision Tanzania where he was working as a project accountant. He holds solid training in Private Sector Development, Finance, and Business Management.
Being the CEO he is charged with the role of being head of TATO Secretariat which is an executive arm of the association and is responsible to among other things, develop and crafting advocacy strategies, spearhead negotiations, and representing the association in various platforms. More importantly, his key role is to support The Board to discharge its role to serve the members and industry at large.
He is the proud Rotarian and is serving on Boards of community non-governmental organizations and Tourism sustainability organizations both within the Country and abroad.