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

Norman Smit
23 December 2017

Making a simple change can help realize one’s full potential. At TED Talent Search Lagos 2017 in Nigeria, Victoria Ohaeri describes the importance of changing her name to positively affect others' perceptions.  The 2016 Tutu Fellow tells her personal story about the effects of labeling, and how changing her name made all the difference.

Norman Smit
21 December 2017

Young farmers participating in a project started by 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki have had their first harvest and been paid for the fruits of their labour.  The new farmers in the agro-entrepreneurship Fort Hall Eye Project harvested two tons of beans. This green success is taking place in one of the most troubled counties in Kenya, where alcoholism has left almost no household unaffected.

Peter Wilson
21 December 2017

When nominations closed earlier this week, there were close to 300 really top quality nominations of emerging African leaders from across the continent for the 2018 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  We were again impressed by the breadth of outstanding candidates who are applying for the Fellowship, reinforcing what we already know: that there is no shortage of excellent young leaders on the continent. 

Norman Smit
20 December 2017

The CEO of All On, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is helping to build access to affordable sustainable energy for low income households, small business, and communities.  All On is an independent impact investing company.  As part of its approach it has also provided a grant to the acclaimed Nigerian tech incubator, Co-Creation Hub, to challenge Nigeria’s innovators on energy. Co-Creation Hub is run by 2017 Tutu Fellow 'Bosun Tijani.

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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.