SOAS University of London

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Tayeb, Development Studies and Geography 2006


I’m a Tanzanian development professional with a decade of experience driving impact within the social business sector. My niche has been established in starting and scaling solutions to development in Tanzania. I understand that for transformation to be seen, cross-sectoral impact needs to be spurred and sustained, within a range of key sectors and levels from grassroots implementers to private and public partners. This belief has shaped my last 10 years of action in the development sector.

Currently I’m the Founder of Jibu Tanzania, a social enterprise building a network of locally owned water production franchises across Tanzania. We’ve sold over 4 million litres of safe, affordable drinking water, through a refill-re-use model.

In addition to starting up businesses myself, I’m passionate about contributing towards capacity building in the social enterprise space. I’ve been doing this by being involved in the design and selection process in various major social incubators and accelerators in the region, and extending ongoing support and mentorship of their entrepreneurs and leaders. I actively work to build dialogue and collaboration within East Africa and Tanzania rooted in entrepreneurship and leadership development. Being an Acumen East Africa Fellow has also enabled me to continue these efforts by engaging with a network of existing thought leaders and development practitioners already within this space.