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.”
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.”
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.”
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!”
Country Director U.K.
David is responsible for increasing and diversifying Ace Africa’s income, liasing closely with the Kenyan and Tanzanian Country offices. He has worked as a Director, consultant and volunteer for organisations worldwide, in health, education and international development. Following posts at the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Multiple Sclerosis Society in the UK, he lived and worked in East Africa for four years, developing and managing programmes in Kenya, Sudan and Tanzania. He was a rural development volunteer in India and teacher in South Sudan. David joins Ace Africa from Cancer Research UK where he helped design and implement a strategy to increase international funding and research. To understand the unique challenges of non profits - and how to manage them - he obtained an MSc in Non Profit Management at the London School of Economics. David graduated from Durham University with a BA Hons in Politics and Law.
Events and Communications Manager
Olivia’s first visit to Tanzania and Kenya was as a volunteer in 2010, working with rural communities for four months. This experience made a deep impact, leading to additional visits as a volunteer and fundraising while gaining her BA Hons degree in Photography. Olivia’s time in Africa led to a career in the non-profit sector, joining Ace Africa in 2013. Olivia is responsible for leading ‘challenge’ fundraising events, Gala Dinners, Quiz Nights and is also involved in donor liaison, finance and communications work.
Trusts and Foundations Manager
Stephanie joined Ace Africa in 2018, from Amref Health Africa where she was responsible for trusts and foundations fundraising in the UK. Her role involved both nurturing existing relationships and securing new partnerships for Amref’s programmes in East Africa. Travelling to both Kenya and Tanzania with Amref, gave Stephanie the opportunity to see the impact of community-led development first-hand and to work closely with colleagues in East Africa. Before joining Amref, Stephanie gained three years’ experience in fundraising at Anti-Slavery International, and also volunteered with VSO supporting a youth-education programme in Zambia.
Run by Africans and for Africans, Ace has a committed and passionate team of 70 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.
Board of Ace Africa UK
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.