Ami Mpungwe gives his support

I met last week with Mr Ami Mpungwe.  Mr Mpungwe is a native of Ifakara.  Mr Mpungwe discoverd the MSABI project online from this blogsite!  He is very impressed with the work we are doing and would like to offer his support to MSABI.  We aim to incorporate MSABI into a listed NGO very soon.  Mr Mpungwe will make a valuable addition to the MSABI board.  Also confirmed for the board is Mr Marcel Tanner, who is the long serving director of the Swiss Tropical Institute.  Details of both gentlemen are provided below.


Ambassador Mpungwe graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1975 and joined the Tanzanian Foreign Service as a career diplomat. After 25 years of distinguished service in which he also became Tanzania’s first High Commissioner to South Africa, at the end of 1999 he took an early and voluntary retirement from the service.
Ambassador Mpungwe is now in private business, holding a portfolio of investments in Mining; Information and Communication Technology (ICT); Electronic Media and Agriculture. He seats on a number of Boards, including: TANZANITE ONE GROUP; NAMITECH East Africa Ltd; MULTICHOICE Tanzania Ltd; ILLOVO SUGAR LTD (South Africa); National Bank of Commerce Ltd; Southern Africa Enterprise Development Fund; Tanzania Breweries Ltd Maersk Tanzania Ltd, and; Air Tanzania Co. Ltd (JV with SAA).

 In 1999, President Mbeki decorated Ambassador Mpungwe with: THE ORDER OF GOOD HOPE: GRAND OFFICER, South Africa’s highest award granted to foreign citizens, for his contribution to peace, democracy and economic transformation in South Africa, SADC and Great Lakes Regions and close bilateral ties between South Africa and Tanzania.

In August 2001 he was awarded with Certificate of Recognition by the OAU for “His Important Contribution in Facilitating the Inter-Rwandese Negotiations culminating in the Arusha Peace Agreement of 4th August 1993”.
He has undertaken a number of Post-Graduate studies in Diplomacy and International Law; Business Management; Corporate Governance; Information Technology and Systems etc
His hobbies include reading and writing on Globalisation; Corporate Governance and Strategy; Contemporary issues in Diplomacy and Competitive Global Business.



Marcel Tanner has been the Director of the Swiss Tropical Institute in Basel since 1997. Concurrently, he has been Professor of Epidemiology and Medical Parasitology at the University of Basel since 1990.
Born in 1952, he studied biology, chemistry and medical microbiology/immunology at the University of Basel. His doctorate in medical zoology on the causes of sleeping sickness, was followed by post-doctoral immuno-parasitologic research on tropical worm-related diseases, for which he undertook research in both Cameroon and Liberia, leading to him directing the Swiss Tropical Institute Field Laboratory in Ifakara, Tansania (1981-84).
After a stay at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (1986-87), he directed and extended the newly created sector Health System and Epidemiology at the Swiss Tropical Institute (1987-96). Upon his return from a visiting/research stay at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, he took up his current position at the Swiss Tropical Institute.
Marcel Tanner has been an advisor of the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) in various expert panels since 1985. Furthermore, he has presided over the Commission of the Centre Suisse de Recherche Scientifique (CSRS) in the Ivory Coast since 1998.