Nehemiah Kyando MchechuNehemiah Kyando Mchechu



Occupational Information

Occupation: Real Estate Banking



Mr. Mchechu is a member of several boards and committees, in various roles.

Professional History

Mr. Mchechu is currently managing the Tanzania's State owned Corporation (National Housing Corporation), the largest real estate company in East and Central Africa; which has a capital base of over USD 1.4 Billion. Mr. Mchechu took on NHC in 2010 at the time a challenge as it was underperforming and required some restructuring and strategizing. Along with his track record for successful restructuring skills in his career, he has managed to transform NHC from a bureaucratic non-performer to a higher efficiency profit making organization. Before NHC Mr. Mchechu was the MD & CEO of CBA (Commercial Bank of Africa) during which he was also the youngest CEO within the Banking Sector in East Africa. He managed to strategically transform the loss making to a profit making Bank within only a year. This displayed his extensive experience which he has gained from his previous roles as Alternative Director; Head of Global and Co-Head Wholesale Banking, during which he was instrumental in introducing the new second horizon products and therefore raising the number of products offering from three to twelve at Standard Chartered Bank. He has also worked with Citibank and Barclays Bank Tanzania Ltd.


Bachelors Degree in Commerce & Management, Majoring in Finance


2009 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Peter Wilson
14 March 2017

The African Leadership Institute has a strong cohort of candidates for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  Amongst nearly 300 nominees from over 30 African countries, 26 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. Spanning various industries, representing eleven African countries and ranging from 29 to 39 years of age, the selected candidates demonstrate the wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.  The biographies of the 2017 candidates follows:

Norman Smit
02 March 2017

The United Nations has called attention to the wave of attacks in South Africa targeting foreigners living in the country. The attacks in South Africa have spawned calls for retaliation on South African businesses and nationals in Nigeria. The UN news site, the UN Dispatch, reports that youth groups have been the major drivers in this violence, and it goes on to quote an open letter by Ugandan youth leader and Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen. In his open letter, Ochen says that while the youth have been at the center of the attacks, they can also be part of the solution. He called on youth leaders in Africa to embrace non-violence. 

Peter Wilson
10 February 2017

There were 283 nominations of Africa’s finest young leaders from over 30 countries for the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship, which starts on 22nd April. Applications closed on 15th January 2017.  Since then, a selection panel of past Fellows and AFLI Board Members have been working tirelessly to draw up a short list of candidates for final evaluation by the selection panel. The short list of 52 candidates was finalised on 7th February, and the plan is for the final selection of the 2017 Tutu Fellows to be agreed upon by the AFLI Board at the end of February. Only 17 candidates are finally selected.

Norman Smit
07 February 2017

The Bertha Centre, which is run by 2013 Tutu Fellow Dr. Francois Bonnici, has been profiled as one of the top five university-based social impact centres in the world.  The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is at the University of Cape Town and is part of the Graduate School of Business.  The nonprofit organisation the Bridgespan Group published the report which was done by the Skoll Foundation

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI



The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.