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On 15th July 2017, the Board of Tanzania Natural Resource Forum (TNRF) appointed Zakaria Faustin as the new interim Executive Director for the organization. This change came after resignation of current Executive Director Mr. Joseph Olila moving on to pursue further studies in environmental leadership at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom(UK).


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 Zakaria Faustin has Bachelor of Science-Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Dar es salaam (Currently Ardhi University), Post Graduate Diploma in Development Studies from Kampala University, and Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Corporate Management, degree from Mzumbe University.

Mr. Zakaria has 11 years’ experience in leadership gained through engagement with local and international NGOs, public and private sector institutions. Since he joined TNRF in 2012 to date, he has managed and led various multi-stakeholder programs including the Pastoralist and Land Based Investment (LBI) programs. His experience on leadership in international NGOs was gained through working as team lead for capacity building programs of FARM Africa. This is in addition to consultancy services he offered to various international NGOs including Netherland Development Organization (SNV) Tanzania Biogas Development Programme (TBDP), Care International - Tanzania Sustainable Range Land Management Project (SRMP) on Participatory Land use Planning for Sustainable Natural Resources Management; and  FARM Africa land use and joint forestry management programme

Prior to joining the NGO sector, Zakaria served as a General Manager at KJ Traders and General Supplies Company Ltd (2005). He gained familiarity with public sector institutions through his work as a Town planner for “Cities Without Slums   Project” a UN-HABITAT funded initiative at  Arusha Municipal.

With all this vast experience, Mr. Zakaria is looking forward to work with TNRF’s partners and members to team up with all diverse working groups workingin natural resources governance in addressing policies and practice for improved governance  in natural resources  sector.



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​​The board bid farewell to Joseph Olila, who resigned his position as Executive Director for TNRF to pursue further studies in environmental leadership in Cambridge in the UK. Joseph served TNRF for 4.5 years following his appointment in 2012. He took over as an Executive Director at a time when TNRF lost one of its major funder AcT Tanzania. For many, the board’s decision to appoint Joseph Ollila as an Executive Director was an unbelievable joke. His lack of experience in leadership was a major concern. Joseph proved wrong all his critics; he has grown TNRF and brought it back to its leadership position in the natural resources governance landscape in Tanzania. Joseph leaves TNRF with a number of funders and expanded programs in Community Based Natural Resource Management, Land Based Investments and Climate Change. Today TNRF has a staff complement of 18 from a scaled down 7 in 2013. Thank you Joseph for making us Proud. Thank you TNRF for growing young leaders.