Mr. Semkae Kilonzo
Semkae Kilonzo is the Executive Director of Policy Forum, a network of 79 Tanzanian Civil Society Organisations that seek enhanced governance and accountable use of public resources by strengthening capacity of civic actors to influence and monitor the implementation of policies and enhancing state responsiveness to civic society’s advocacy agenda relating to public money accountability. Semkae has extensive experience working in policy advocacy with civil society in Tanzania, is passionate about opening up budget processes for domestic stakeholders and curbing illicit financial flows relating to extractive industries and making natural resource revenue management work for the people through strategic engagement and collaboration with government, industry and communities. Semkae holds a Masters degree in Journalism and Media Studies from Cardiff University, U.K. and received his earlier media training in Dublin Ireland and the Tanzania School of Journalism. He is also an alumnus of the Public Service Accountability Monitor (Fundamentals of Social Accountability Monitoring Course) of Rhodes University, South Africa. Semkae is the co-founder and serves on the Board of Hakirasilimali, a platform of Civil Society Organisations working on strategic issues around minerals, oil and gas extraction in Tanzania. HakiRasilimali is affiliated to the global Publish What You Pay (PWYP) movement.