An International Team


Board of Directors


Judith C. Smith Chairman of the Board

Mrs. Smith is a Co-Founder of The Maktaba Project. She has actively been involved in the volunteer world for over 40 years, served on various Boards, and chaired numerous benefits. Professionally, she handled Public Relations & Publicity for the Detroit Performing Arts Center and later the Merrill Palmer Institute. Her focus has remained an interest in promoting arts education for children and was a Trustee and served as the Chair of The Education Committee of The La Jolla Playhouse. Mrs. Smith has a B.A. from Connecticut College.

Ambassador Augustine P. Mahiga, PhD. Board Member Emeritus, Former Managing Director & CEO, The Maktaba Project

Ambassador Mahiga is a Co-Founder of The Maktaba Project. He is the Tanzanian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, and was the former Special Representative of the U. N. Secretary General for the U. N. Political Office for Somalia from May 2010 until 2013. Until May 2010, Dr Mahiga was the Permanent Representative of the United Republic of Tanzania to the United Nations. He led Tanzania team as Non-permanent Member of the Security Council 2005 -2006. Prior to his appointment in May 2003, he worked for 10 years with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva as Deputy Director for Africa and Representative in Liberia, India and Italy. Previous positions included teaching at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, Director of the President’s Office, and a Diplomat in Ottawa and Geneva. A graduate of the Universities of East Africa (Dar es Salaam), he received his Doctorate in International Relations from The University of Toronto. Dr Mahiga has researched and written on regional cooperation, conflict resolutions, peace building and related humanitarian and development issues in Africa.

Jill Bishop

Jill Bishop currently serves as the Executive Director of the TET Foundation, appointed by His Excellency President Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania, and is President of BGTZ, Ltd., a boutique advisory services firm based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with an office in Atlanta, Georgia USA. She has extensive international experience in strategy and implementation of international programs within the corporate, government and development sectors, with an emphasis on education and socio-economic policy. She routinely supports leaders throughout Africa and in the Diaspora to develop innovative strategies and partnerships that will advance the growth, development and education agendas of Africa in order to ensure its sustainable future. Ms. Bishop holds an Executive MBA from the London School of Economics and Political Science; the HEC School of Management, Paris; and the New York University Stern School of Business (TRIUM) and has an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from Rutgers University. She is a Board Member of Bumbuli Development Corporation and Courage Worldwide Tanzania Foundation Against Sex Trafficking, and an Advisory Committee Member of the Qualcomm Technical Education Committee.

Dr. Toby Bradbury

Toby Bradbury is an engineer with extensive African leadership experience in residential roles in South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo and Ghana and was most recently Chief Executive Officer and director of AIM listed Shanta Gold, a gold mining and exploration company based in Tanzania.  With Shanta, Toby continued his life-long philosophy of marrying commercial interests with a strong focus on sustainability to successfully deliver outstanding business performance.  In 2018, in recognition of the initiatives introduced at Shanta, Toby was awarded “Africa’s Most Influential Thought Leader”.  On a personal level, back in 2002 Toby designed and project managed the construction of an “eco” house as his family’s principal residence in Australia.  Toby acts as an advisor to industry groups on issues pertaining to Sustainability and Risk as a well as on Leadership and Business Strategy.  Toby has a PhD in mining from University of Wales and a Master’s degree in Business Leadership from University of South Africa.

Colleen Daly

Ms Daly is the past Development Director of The American Academy in Rome, based in New York and Rome. Formerly she was the Executive Director of the Community Library, a privately funded public library founded in 1955 in Ketchum, Idaho. She has been the editor of several magazines based in Idaho and California, and was the managing editor of a small scholarly publication titled Libraries and Culture, published at the University of Texas at Austin.


Marlene Fletcher

Mrs. Fletcher is President of Fletcher & Associates, a real estate acquisition, financing and management entity. Mrs. Fletcher founded her first business, The Cookie Jar Bakery/Cafe, in 1978 in Seattle, WA. After running her enterprise for 17 years, she sold her business to Tully’s Coffee Co. Mrs Fletcher is a former Foundation Board Director of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; and founding member of Serap Capital.


Russell Granet

Mr. Granet is the Executive Director of the Lincoln Center Institute (LCI). LCI is the educational cornerstone of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts. He is an internationally recognized leader in arts education with more than 20 years of experience. He serves on the boards of The Association of Teaching Artists and The American Place Theatre and was founding board member of the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable. Mr. Granet has worked on projects in Egypt, England, India, Kenya, Tanzania, Turkey, Mexico and throughout the United States. He is graduate of Emerson College, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art and holds an MA from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Education.

Iain Hunter

Iain Hunter lives and works in London and is Principal of Iain Hunter Associates, an independent business improvement and growth consultancy that works with owners, stakeholders and senior management teams to increase business performance, results and value. Iain was previously Chief Executive, UK of the NGO iDE Global where he led the iDE UK office, driving increased awareness of iDE’s sustainable development programs in Asia, Africa & Central America, launching the first iDE UK Fundraising Board, and building mutually advantageous business partnerships. Having worked in London, New York, Melbourne, Sydney, and Hong Kong, the constant thread throughout Iain’s career has been building businesses and brands.  He has worked extensively across many channels and disciplines advising some of the world’s largest brands including Unilever, Aggreko, American Express, DuPont, American Red Cross, Kimberly-Clarke, Coca-Cola, and AT&T. Iain’s work with iDE Global, Unilever, United Technologies Corporation (UTC) and others has been in the arena of sustainable development and corporate social responsibility. He built a national agency network in Australia (later sold to WPP), held a global role with Ogilvy Worldwide in New York, and built business consultancy HS Dominion in New York and London.  In addition to The Maktaba Prpject, Iain is Marketing Expert-in-Residence at Imperial College Enterprise Lab, a Mentor with Imperial Ventures Mentor Scheme (IVMS), a Mentor with London & Partners, former Trustee of Hope for Children ( in London, and previous Board Chairman of ITLP ( for five years in New York.

 Laura Kelley

Laura Kelley is an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School, where she focuses on entrepreneurship in emerging markets. Prior, Ms. Kelley resided in East Africa for six years, where she most recently led corporate strategy for a pan-African healthcare firm representing partners including Siemens, Medtronic, and Johnson & Johnson. She has also worked on implementing  public-private partnerships for malaria control at the Clinton Health Access Initiative. Ms. Kelley has worked in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire, and previously served as Chair of the Board for the American Chamber of Commerce in Tanzania. She holds an MPH from Columbia University and a BA from Rice University.


Professor Makenya A. H. Maboko, PhD.

Professor Maboko, Chairman of the Tanzanian Bureau of Standards Board of Directors. He graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam in 1981 and received an M.S. degree in 1984. From 1985 to 1989, he pursued a PhD at the Australian National University and was subsequently a visiting lecturer as the Department of Geology and Geophysical Sciences at Princeton University. As a specialist in Metamorphic and Isotope Geology, he returned to the University of Dar es Salaam in 1991, achieving a full professorship in 2002. He is published extensively in his area of specialization and is an internationally respected academic. Professor Maboko has served as an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science between 1994 and 2002, as coordinator of University Matriculation between 2002 and 2003, and as the Director of Undergraduate Studies and then as Deputy Vice Chancellor.


Marcy Raphael

Ms. Raphael is a private IT consultant specializing in tailored solutions for small businesses and individuals. She offers an intelligent, common sense approach to adopting technologies that complement one’s life and work. She has consulted and volunteered for a number of non-profits over the years as both an IT specialist and a graphic designer.  Ms Raphael has also worked as a freelance writer, editor and publisher. While living in Minneapolis in the 80’s, she owned her own art business, worked as a chef, and finished her college degree in Urban Studies with an emphasis in law. She attended Carleton College and the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.


Ambassador Paul Rupia

Ambassador Paul Milyango Rupia serves as the Chairman of DCB Commercial Bank PLC. Ambassador Rupia serves as Chairman of the Board at Dar es Salaam Community Bank Ltd. He serves as the Chairman of the Britain-Tanzania Society and St John's University of Tanzania. Ambassador Rupia served as an Independent Non-Executive Director of African Eagle Resources plc from July 27, 2012 to August 14, 2013. He holds the Order for the United Republic. He is an internationally known and well-respected Tanzanian statesman with over 49 years’ experience in the Tanzanian public service. He twice represented Tanzania as Ambassador to the United Nations, was Ambassador to Ethiopia and Deputy High Commissioner to the United Kingdom and also served his country as a Member of Parliament, Chief Secretary to the President's Office, Secretary to the Cabinet, Head of the Civil Services and Principal Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Peter C. Smith, CFEE

Mr. Smith, a Co-Founder of The Maktaba Project and President of The Friends of The Maktaba Project, has been producing special events, parades, concerts and festivals for over20 years and is currently the Entertainment Operations Manager for Boyd Gaming. Previously, he has been a Production Manager for the Feld Motor Sports Monster Jam tour the United States and Canada and an Adjunct Faculty member at Columbia College Chicago teaching courses in Event Management.  Mr Smith has served as Board Chairman for the St. Peter’s Home for Boys in Detroit, MI and as Vice President of the Illinois Special Events Network.  He has a Master’s of Tourism Administration with a concentration in Event and Meeting Management from George Washington University and a B.A. in History from the University of Portland and is a Certified Festival and Event Executive (CFEE) through the International Festival and Events Association.


Stephen W. Smith

Mr. Smith is a Co-Founder of The Maktaba Project. Mr Smith was in the equipment leasing business for over 48 years, specialized in venture capital companies and worked with companies in the semiconductor industry worldwide, prior to retiring in 2005. He has been published in various financial publications and textbooks on equipment leasing. He has been an active volunteer, served on the board of The International Theatre Literacy Project and is a past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Whittier Institute of the Scripps Hospitals, a major diabetic research center. He has a BA from Trinity College, Hartford, CT.


Romani Urasa

Mr. Urassa is Chairman (Non-Executive), of Shanta Mining Company Limited; the only operational subsidiary company of AIM listed Shanta Gold Limited. In addition, he is Executive Chairman of Pauro Properties Limited, an SMI family company engaged in property development in Tanzania. Mr. Urasa worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Geneva and in various countries for 25 years, rising from officer level to director. His humanitarian work included heading the then Supplies and Food Aid Section of UNHCR (1989-1994); a department that was responsible for procuring emergency relief supplies for refugees; managing an annual budget of some US$200 million during the first Gulf War (invasion of Kuwait by Iraq). Based in Kigali, Mr. Urasa also headed the Rwanda refugees’ return and re-integration program (1994-1998) with some 500 employees and an annual budget exceeding US$200 million. One of the major achievements of that program was the construction of some 230,000 family houses for returnees; which enabled people who had stayed in exile for decades to settle back in Rwanda. Mr. Urasa attended schools and colleges in Tanzania, Kenya and United Kingdom.


Phoebe Weinberg, CTC

Mrs Weinberg has been owner of Greatways Travel, Inc. since 1981. For the past 12 years, Conde Nast Traveler has honored Mrs Weinberg as a Top Travel Specialist for Africa. She was selected as an A-LIST Travel Specialist by Travel & Leisure in 2010. In addition to East and Southern Africa, Phoebe also has defined specialties in Asia, Europe and India. Phoebe served two terms on the Virtuoso Advisory Board as the North Central representative from 2000-2006 and is now the North Central representative on the Virtuoso Hotels & Resorts Committee. She is currently on the Advisory Boards of Orient Express Hotels, Trains and Cruises, Conde Nast Traveler and Greaves Tours and served previously on the Virtuoso Select Property Committee as well as the Luxury Collection, SBM, Gleneagles and Cambridge Beaches Advisory Boards. Locally, she has served on the Boards of the Junior League of Detroit, Planned Parenthood and the Tau Beta Association. Mrs Weinberg received a B.A. from the Purdue University.

Barbara ZoBell

Mrs ZoBell has 40 years’ experience working with arts and education non-profit organizations, both grant-making foundations and program providers. She has produced special events and provided fund-raising advice for over 60 non-profit organizations including San Diego Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Museum of Photographic Art (San Diego), Scripps Memorial Hospital, Stanford University and the American Cancer Foundation.  She is President of the Tippett Foundation, a San Diego grant-making organization.  Mrs ZoBell is also on the Board of Directors of the La Jolla Playhouse and is an advisor to the Lux Art Institute in Encinitas, California.  In 2008 she travelled to Tanzania as a volunteer with both The International Theatre and Literacy Project (ITLP) and the Jifundishe Free Library. She attended University of Santa Clara, Loyola of Chicago-Rome campus and graduated from the University of San Francisco with a BA, and received a graduate degree in Education from San Diego State University.  

Maliva Mahiga, Chief Administrative Officer

Mr. Mahiga holds a joint Honors degree in Chemistry and Law (Bsc.) from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom as well as a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) from Georgetown University Law Center in Washington D.C. Mr. Mahiga is the East Africa Manager for Upepo Energy Partners a company that is developing a 150 MW wind energy facility in Singida Tanzania. Mr. Mahiga is also a Board Observer for Grumeti Reserves Limited, an eco-tourism and conservation lodge in the Serengeti, Northern Tanzania.

Ambassador Mark Green, Board Member Emeritus

Ambassador Green is currently the Executive Director of the USAID, and was the President of the International Republican Institute (“IRI”) from December of 2013 to December 2016. Prior to joining IRI he served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Initiative for Global Development and prior to that was the Sr. Director for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) and a Managing Director at Malaria No More.  He is also a member of the Board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and Co-Chair of the Consensus for Development Reform.  He also served as the US Ambassador to Tanzania (2007-2009). He served in the U.S. Congress (WI-8) (1998-2006) and in the Wisconsin State Assembly (R-Green Bay) (1992-98).  Prior to his public service, he practiced law at Godfrey & Kahn in Wisconsin, and taught and established a school library in western Kenya through WorldTeach. Ambassador Green received his Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire and his J.D. at the University of Wisconsin School of Law. He serves on the Aidmatrix Governor’s Advisory Board, and on the Boards of Mother’s Day Every Day (a project of CARE and White Ribbon Alliance), the Tanzania Education Initiative, and WorldTeach.  He is also Vice-Chairman of the Kupona Foundation, which provides support for a hospital in Tanzania.