Mr. Ali Ibrahim Mjella
Ali Mjella has more than 30 years’ professional experience acquired during his time in public offices, as well as consultant. He has had long association of supporting Tanzania’s private sector in the provision of business development services, including training and conducting feasibility studies for various SME projects. However his most outstanding contribution in supporting the private sector in Tanzania has been support work to the private sector to enable it effectively dialogue with the government to introduce needed business environment reforms for businesses to prosper. Earlier, as Research Manager and then Development Manager he had provided inputs for major investment decisions for the Tanzania Tourist Corporation and evaluated various joint venture and acquisition bids during the privatisation process. He has taken part in several regional and continental based projects/initiatives such as participation in the development of the UNDP backed Peace and Security Agenda of the African Union, participation in the East African Business Climate Index Project that monitored non-tariff barriers within the partner states, assessment on the Impact of the Introduction of the Euro on the Economies of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) States for the ACP secretariat and Study on the Application of the Principle of Asymmetry in the Context of the East African Community Customs Union Protocol. In the field of business environment reforms for which he worked between 2004 and 2019, he had worked on building the capacity of private sector organizations on influencing government to address the chief bottlenecks that inhabit the business environment within the context of a Public-Private Sector partnership. His responsibilities included guiding private sector organizations in Tanzania to process advocacy project grants, including developing the projects’ logic, budgeting for activities, preparing contracts and overseeing implementation and supervision of contracts according to the design of the programme that has been operationalised through the Work Plan and M & E framework. He had also supervised the training of private sector personnel to build capacities in advocacy and dialogue skills, conducted by the University of Dar Es Salaam Business School. Also, as Deputy Team Leader of the BEST-AC and later BEST-Dialogue programme, he had served as the chief assistant to the Team Leader in the overall delivery of programme activities.