Our Leadership

Leadership of the Foundation for African Empowerment (FAE) is provided by the following main organs: the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee.

The Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is the highest governance, strategic and policy organ for FAE which functions as the overseer of the Management Team. Members come from diverse backgrounds and experiences related to the vision and mission of FAE. Board members must have regard to the cause, commitment, skills, knowledge, values and professional experience needed for the effective governance and development of FAE. Meet our active Board of Directors who inspire and guide the Management Team.


Karen Bilton Butterfield, Chair

Board Chair, FAE

Karen Bilton Butterfield  brings in a rich blend of experience in both nonprofit and business sectors to the position of Chair of the Foundation for African Empowerment (FAE)  Board of Directors.

Delvina Augustine Minja, Member

Manager, KCB Bank (T) Ltd

Delvina A. Minja has more than thirteen years  experience of working in banking industry and community based organizations. Ms. Minja has attended several trainings within and outside the Tanzania in marketing and public relations.

Prof Jack Turman, Jr.,PhD, Ambassador

USA FAE Ambassador 

Dr. Turman has dedicated his career as an academic to building community-based participatory programs that address maternal and child health and education issues in communities struggling with poverty and its array of consequences.


Rogers Ayiko, Vice Chair

Principal Health Officer, EAC

As the Vice- Chair of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for African Empowerment (FAE), Rogers Ayiko  brings in a diverse blend of professional and academic background in medicine, international health,


Johnson Lyimo, Member

Founder & President, MAWO

He is a Board Member of FAE with an impressive experience of working with different local communities in Tanzania on animal welfare. Mr Lyimo is the Founder and President of Meru Animal Welfare Organization (MAWO) based in Arusha, Tanzania.

Samwel Onesmo Mfanga, Ex Officio

Founder & Executive Director, FAE

Along with his strong conviction in the power of empowering people for transformational and sustainable development, Mr. Mfanga brings more than 25 years-experience of working and living in Africa.

The Management Team 

The Management Team (MT) is the executive organ of FAE. It is composed of qualified professionals who are responsible for the day to day running of the affairs of FAE. The Executive Director is the chief executive officer, legal representative, and the accounting officer. He or she is directly responsible to the  Board of Directors for the discharge of his or her duties and the duties of MT. Meet the people who are currently volunteering to work in the Management Team.