our-team

Our Team

Our Management Team
Joanna Waddington
Augustine Wasonga
Anthony Okoti
Dennis Amonde
John Hillary
Margarida Villas-Boas
Lizzy Epsley

Our Staff

Country Boards
Board of Ace Africa UK
Board of Ace Africa Kenya
Board of Ace Africa Tanzania

Our Management Team

Joanna Waddington MBE
Founder, Country Director Tanzania, Director of Research and M&E

MA International Development – Education and Health Promotion, London University, B.Ed Oxford Brookes University, 11 years HIV/AIDS Research, Consultancy & NGO Project Management in Africa. Joanna worked as a teacher in the UK and Kenya for many years prior to entering the world of development. In 2002, Joanna conducted the initial baseline research in Bungoma, upon which Ace Africa was founded. Initially the Director of Ace Africa in Kenya, she lived in Bungoma for 6 years before establishing Ace Africa Tanzania and moving to Arusha in 2008. Joanna established Ace Africa (UK) in 2005 and has been responsible for research and monitoring and evaluation, fundraising, donor liaison, programme and strategic planning, partnerships and advocacy. Currently, the Country Director in Tanzania, Joanna also leads the organization’s research team which conducts baseline and operational research for Ace programmes as well as commissioned researches for Non Governmental Organizations and corporations in Sub Sahara Africa.

“Ace Africa works as a team, from the staff, the community, partners and donors we all contribute to the betterment of the lives of vulnerable children and their families. Without the commitment from all partners, without total dedication, love and support, none of this would be possible.”

Augustine Wasonga
Founder, Country Director Kenya

B.Ed. MBA. MA. Country Director Ace Africa Kenya from April 2009 and the Programmes Director from September 2003. Prior to this Augustine worked as a high school teacher for 5 years (1993-1997) and from 1998 until he co founded Ace Africa, he worked in project management in the Non Governmental sector in Kenya. His special areas of expertise include management of community development and health programmes, organizational development and staff training, governance, developing partnerships and research and evaluation.

“The aim of my work is to bring positive transformation to people in need, so that they in turn can act as change agents, helping and transforming the needy they come into contact with. ACE is an organization that is a developer of communities and I am delighted to be part of this great team.”

Anthony Okoti
Founder, Head of Training, Innovations and Partnerships

BA Sociology. Anthony co founded and worked as the Agricultural officer with Ace Africa from 2003. He has, since 2004, been responsible for managing the projects in Bungoma and Siaya in Kenya, and in 2010, the projects in Arusha and Moshi in Tanzania. In 2015 he relocated back to Kenya. Anthony has 21 years work experience in community development projects in agriculture, nutrition, economic empowerment, health including HIV and AIDS and rights protection. His current role involves leading new developments and innovations across the three Ace Africa programme focus areas, project start-up and management, community and partner engagement, staff mentoring, training and skills development, strategic partnership development, reporting and donor liaison.  He contributes to strategic organisational focus and development and the scaling up and expansion of the Ace Africa programme in Kenya and Tanzania.

“When we started in 2003, nobody ever thought that we would create the difference that we are now making in the lives of children and their communities we work with. It is the sheer will, determination and support we received from those who believed in us that has made us succeed in our quest.”

Dennis Amonde
Deputy Country Director, Head of Programmes and M & E, Kenya

B.Sc. MCHD. (on going), Certified Associate Impact Assessor, NEMA Kenya,  Deputy Country Director Ace Africa Kenya from April 2013 and formerly Programmes Development Manager from January 2012. He also headed Ace Africa Siaya site as a project manager and coordinator for AED/USAID funded project for 3 years. Prior to joining Ace Africa, Dennis worked as a research assistant at International Centre for Environmental Management, UNEP Kenya.  Dennis has 8 years hands on experience in community health and development work with specialties in research, monitoring & evaluation, impact assessment, environmental audits, project management, grant writing, compliance, quality assurance and international volunteer coordination. Dennis has been pivotal in researches and baseline mapping in Siaya, Mwanza and Rift valley areas of Kenya and Tanzania.

“We at Ace Africa keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths because we have got thousands counting on us and we’re a handful counting on each other. Ace team is distinct!”

John Hillary
Director of Programmes, Tanzania

John Hillary MPH. PgD. Dev. Mgt. MSc Dev. Mgt. Director of Programmes in Tanzania. Prior to this, John worked in project management in the Non Governmental sector in Tanzania, as a university lecturer, and health and development consultant. John has also conducted research in Tanzania on HIV/AIDS and the health of street children. His areas of expertise include training, facilitation and moderation, organisational advisory services, medical consultation and project management and evaluation.

Margarida Villas-Boas
Country Director U.K.

BA Economics, Universidade Nova de Lisboa; Diploma in Modern and Contemporary Art, Christie’s London. Margarida is responsible for developing and implementing Ace Africa’s fundraising and marketing strategy to ensure funding for our Programmes. Prior to making a career change towards the charitable sector by joining Ace Africa, Margarida had a career spanning brand management at blue chip FMCG multinationals Danone and Unilever and business development in an entrepreneurial, family business setting. Margarida is also founding Trustee for a non-governmental organisation operating in Mozambique.

Lizzy Epsley
Fundraising & Communications Manager

BSc Infectious Diseases, University of Edinburgh, MSc Control of Infectious Diseases, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Diploma in fundraising from Institute of Fundraising. Lizzy joined Ace in March 2011 and her day to day role at Ace involves grant writing to trusts, foundations and corporates, programme reporting and a variety of other fundraising and communication activities including media appeals.

Our Staff

Run by Africans and for Africans, Ace has a committed and passionate team of 60 employes from which 92% are East Africans and based in Kenya and Tanzania. Please contact info@ace-africa for a detailed contact list of Ace Africa or click here to get in touch with us.

Country Boards

Board of Ace Africa UK

John Collenette (Chairman), Neha Shah (Treasurer), Genevieve Lloyd (Secretary),  Christopher Rowse, Francis Howard, Kedge Martin, Mark Chamberlen, Tal Shamsi.

Board of Ace Africa Kenya

George Okode (Chairman), Karen Veronica Owuor (Treasurer), Aleya Kassam, Alwyn Chepyagan, Dorothy Ongeso, Peter Orengo, Mary Dorothy Mukhwana, Angeline Wambanda, Dr. Peter Umara, Dr.Aggrey Otieno Akula, Augustine Wasonga.

Board of Ace Africa Tanzania

Alex Mnyangabe (Chairman), Dr. Ibrahim Isaack (Treasurer), Zainab Laizer, Freda Benedict, Ngugi Githinji, Patrick Mateni, Joseph Mchana, Joanna Waddington.