January MakambaJanuary Makamba



Occupational Information

Occupation: Public servant

Occupational Position: Minister of State in the Vice President's Office for Union Affairs and the Environment

Professional History

January Makamba is the Minister of State in the Vice President's Office for Union Affairs and the Environment. He is also a member of the ruling party's influential National Executive Committee (NEC). He is a Member of Parliament for the Bumbuli constituency.

Prior to joining the government, January worked with the Carter Center, an initiative led by President Jimmy Carter.  His prior experience includes work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), where he secured an International Human Rights Fellowship. After his time with the Carter Center and UNHCR, he moved back to Tanzania and joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as a Foreign Service Officer. After the then Foreign Minister of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete won the presidential elections in 2005, January joined the administration as President Kikwete's senior aide. In 2014, he became the youngest person to run in the primary for Prime Minister in his party.  He beat CCM party veterans, including former Prime Ministers, and a Vice President.

Recently, January launched the Bumbuli Development Corporation which is seen as an innovative model to foster economic development in his constituency.


Bachelors degree in Peace Studies at St John's University, Minnesota
MSc in Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University, Virginia


2013 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Charles Sidambe
20 March 2020

2007 Fellow and Medical Scientist, Tariro Makadzange has been appointed as board member at Population Services International (PSI).

Tariro is a highly-qualified medical scientist, doctor and infectious diseases physician scientist who has degrees from Zimbabwe, Harvard and Oxford Universities and is a senior manager at the global biotechnology research multinational, Gilead Sciences.  She told AFLI that she had PSI had confirmed her appointment in January.

Charles Sidambe
17 March 2020

2018 Fellow Edzai Zvobwo has been featured in the AUDA-NEPAD Comic Series as one of the Agenda 2063 Champions. Edzai is the Founder of the MathsGenius Leadership Institute and has been a keen proponent of empowering Africans through mathematics and problem-solving techniques.

He is a maths evangelist to young people and it was this focus that led him to be selected for the comic series. The comic is based on the five youth champions who were recognised by AUDA-NEPAD for their entrepreneurial actions, resilience and activities.

Charles Sidambe
10 March 2020

Fast Company has named its top 10 most innovative companies in Africa for 2020, and 2010 Fellow Bright Simons’ company, mPedigree, was listed at number two for its innovative idea of using SMS text messages to root out fake prescriptions.

mPedigree works with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies to reduce the prevalence of counterfeit medicines being sold.  It also uses similar technology for traceability of seeds and other agricultural products within Africa.

Charles Sidambe
04 March 2020

2019 Fellow Issam Chleuh, has been appointed as Mastercard Advisors, Director of West Africa (English and French speaking).

Issam is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at Suguba, a regional platform with a focus on enterprise development for “missing middle" entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs led by youth and women. He co-founded Suguba with another Tutu Fellow, Fayelle Ouane, from the Class of 2017.

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