​Our board is composed of community members, volunteer professional anthropologists, healthcare and development workers, and long-time friends of the Hadzabe.  We work in collaboration with existing Community Based Organizations and Non-Profit Foundations in Tanzania.

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Shani Msafiri Mangola

Co-Founder, Director (Tanzania)

Shani is a member of the Hadzabe tribe.

He holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Tumaini University Makumira (TZ) and a Master of Law (LLM) degree in Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy from the University of Arizona (USA). Shani is currently pursuing his Advocacy training to become a human rights attorney in Tanzania.

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Ruth Matiyas

Project Manager

Ruth is a Registered Nurse and has been working with the Hadzabe community for many years. 

She is the Founder of the Hadzabe Empowerment Project, a Community Based Organization in Tanzania, and the Director of the Milagro Hadzabe Health Fund - a charitable organization based in Karatu, Tanzania.

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Alyssa Crittenden

Co-Founder, Director (US), Treasurer

Alyssa is an Anthropologist who has worked with the Hadzabe since 2004.

 

She holds a PhD degree in Anthropology from the University of California, San Diego and is currently an Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Kristen Herlosky

Secretary & Social Media Adviser

Kristen is an Anthropologist who has worked with the Hadzabe community since 2016.

She holds a Master's degree in Anthropology and is currently a doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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Ben Cipollini

Chair of Fundraising

Ben is a data science leader with experience building teams from the ground up - including NGOs. He holds a PhD from the University of California, San Diego in Cognitive Science.

He visited the Hadzabe in 2011 with the Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA) and has been a friend to the community ever since.

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Anna Phillipo

Community Representative &

Education Adviser

Mwalimu ("Teacher") Anna is a member of the Hadzabe tribe.

 

She is a dedicated teacher and a graduate of the MaaSAE Girls Lutheran Secondary School, Monduli (TZ). She is committed to helping Hadzabe children succeed.

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Jeannette Hanby

Adviser

Jeannette, aka "Mama Simba" or "Mama Kanga", is a longtime friend of the Hadzabe.

She lived in the rural ward of Mang'ola in Northern Tanzania for many years. She currently resides in Tucson, AZ (USA) but remains actively engaged in community development projects with the Hadzabe

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Ibrahim Mabulla

Adviser

Ibrahim is a researcher with experience in the fields of Prehistory, Archaeology, Anthropology, and Natural Resource Management. He holds MA degrees in Prehistory, Archaeology, and Rock art and Natural Resource Assessment and Management.

Ibrahim has worked with the Hadzabe community since 2010.

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Ibra Mndeme

Legal Adviser

Ibra holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from Tumaini University Makumira (TZ). He is an Advocate of the High Court of Zanizibar with experience in community mobilization, facilitation, and capacity building.

He has worked with several private foundations and government institutions as legal counsel - providing contract management and supporting community development.