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Modesta Mahiga 360 Leadership Podcast
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Your leadership success is determined by how well you lead yourself to influence people, organizational, market, and global results.

In the Modesta Mahiga 360 Leadership Podcast, Modesta interviews global leaders on their stories and proven work and life success strategies. She also shares tips on how to align your work and life as a 360 leader.

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Listen to our latest episode on how to create "How to Achieve Your Greatest Goal This Year" here.

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Rita Mchaki is a Strategy Specialist with 15+ years of experience implementing US$50 million+ private and non-profit business and project development, resource mobilization, and communication projects in matrixed multinational, multisector, and multi-stakeholder contexts. She leads with integrity and inclusion, effectively driving internal and external strategy collaboration and results. Rita is the Principal Management Consultant at P.S. Management Consultants Ltd, offering Strategy Planning, Development & Implementation, Business Development & Management, Strategic Communication & Advocacy, Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Engagement & Management, and Resources Mobilization & Programme Cycle Management services. She is also a Board and Senior Management team advisor. Rita holds a Master of Business Administration in Corporate Management and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Administration.

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Phumla Motsa is a Registered Occupational Therapist and the Founder of  Remote Ergonomics & MotsaHealth, a 100% female black-owned occupational therapy practice in Johannesburg, South Africa. With more than 15 years of consulting experience, Phumla has helped small and large South African companies and employees struggling with productivity and non-performance due to an illness or injury to optimize their contribution at work.   Her passion lies in improving the lives of ordinary people and supporting them to return to a sustainable productive life. She supports organizations with Functional Capacity Evaluations to determine whether an employee (following an injury or illness) can perform their work tasks, Case Management, providing for a smooth return to work for employees that have been off work for some time, Ergonomics workstation assessments and home office ergonomic workstation setup, as well as Speaking and Training on the fact that according to the WHO “Musculoskeletal conditions are the leading contributor to disability worldwide, with low back pain being the single leading case of disability in 160 countries”.   Phumla is also an Associate at Work-Link and an ASISA Academy Trainer.   Before starting her own business, Phumla consulted for Alexander Forbes Consultants & Actuaries Limited, a global financial services company that specialises in insurance, health, retirement, life, and other wealth and assets solutions.   Phumla holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Witwatersrand, a Diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation from the University of Pretoria, and a Diploma in Health Economics from the University of Cape Town, in South Africa.

Samwel Ndandala is a growth mindset leader with over thirteen years of experience in finance, reporting, local and international tax as well as transfer pricing. He has advised a number of multinational banks in Africa and Europe on finance, strategy, and taxation. Samwel has been a member of the Tanzania’s Finance Minister’s Think Tank, advising him on fiscal policy matters. He has also addressed the budgetary committee of the parliament of the United Republic of Tanzania. Samwel also regularly produces thought leadership materials and publications. An effective communicator, Samwel has delivered numerous technical trainings and talks in professional and business associations, including the ACCA (UK), CPA (T), CEO Roundtable (Tanzania), and South African, American, British, and European Union Business Groups in Tanzania. Samwel holds a Masters from SOAS, University of London, and a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from Mzumbe University (Tanzania) and is a member of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK, and Certified Public Accountant CPA, Tanzania.

Janet Mbene is a distinguished Senior Economist, International Trade, Regional Integration, Finance and Banking Expert. She has a wealth of Government Cabinet Ministerial, Parliamentary, Board, and Senior Leadership experience. Janet’s expertise spans across the public, private, civil society, international development, and academic sectors. Ms. Mbene is the Founder and Director of SIA Limited, a private firm that provides both entrepreneurship and business services to MSMEs and investment services to both domestic and international investors. She is also a Senior Associate Consultant, Trade & Investment & Government Relations at Modesta Mahiga LLC. Janet specializes in stakeholder engagement and program design and implementation for policy, regulatory, and institutional reforms to promote inclusive and sustainable, economic, financial, and human capital development and impact. Janet holds a Master’s Degree in Agriculture Economics from the University of New England, Australia and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

In this episode, we are talking about “How to Leverage Tech to Build Global Solutions in Africa”. ​I am joined by Irene Kiwia, a Pan-African Social Economic Champion.  ​Irene has a career that spans over 17 years in Media, Marketing, Communications, Technology, and Development Programs that are focused on Youth and Women Empowerment. ​She is the Co-Founder and chief Growth Officer of Adanian Labs – A Pan-African venture studio on a mission to actuate the tech revolution in Africa by building 300 tech startups by 2025. ​She is also the Founder of Twaa – A global digital platform for women to build communities, network, and mentor each other.  ​She is the Founder of eCOBbA – An AI-driven FinTech platform designed to integrate underserved financially excluded populations in Africa into the financial ecosystems through community savings and lending platforms. ​She is also the Founder of The Africa Blockchain Center - A company that focuses on building blockchain capacity in Africa. Irene, who is a mom of three, holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from the University of Dar es Salaam, and an MBA in Marketing from the same institution. ​Irene’s accolades are that she’s the Fortune/State Department Global Woman Leader, Global Health and Diplomacy Fellow, Woman of The Year Africa by Africa Reconnect, Obama Africa Leader, African Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) - Empowerment Award finalist, Women in Africa Platform (WIA) Tanzanian Ambassador, Invest to Impact Tanzanian Ambassador (An initiative by Findev Canada, OPIC, CDC Investment Works, Proparco and Mastercard Foundation), Tanzania Country Head for SADC - WIB (Southern African Development Community Women in Business), and Advisory Board Member for African Women in Energy and Power Initiative – (AWEaP.)

“Securing Your Financial Future”. Lulu Massawe is a Financial Specialist based in Murrieta California.  She is a graduate of Business Management from Bangalore University in India and holds FINRA investment licenses i.e. series 6, 63, and 26.  Lulu also holds Life Insurance Licenses in several states in the USA and is an Instructor for Insurance Agents for PFSU in Southern California.  ​Her sweet spot is in consulting and facilitating for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as individuals wanting to build their assets under management. Her commitment to those she serves is maximizing performance, minimizing fees, and reducing, or eliminating taxes wherever possible.

“Your Network is Your Net Worth”. Remmie Male is a multitalented individual who wears many hats. She is an accomplished Author, Writer, Business Incubator, Trainer, Speaker, and Executive Coach. With a Bachelor's Degree in Economics from Makerere University, Remmie has used her expertise to make a positive impact in her community. As the Founder of Jamboree et Rendezvouz, an Events Management, and PR Firm, Remmie has honed her skills in organizing and promoting various projects.  Additionally, she is a proprietor of the Women of Valor Foundation. It focuses on empowering women and youth economically through Mentorship, Executive Coaching, Business Training, and Motivational Talks.  Through her company and foundation, Remmie has worked diligently on projects that aim to fundraise, raise awareness, and empower communities economically. She has successfully organized seminars like Dominion in the Market Place, which empowers employable church folks by equipping them with skills in Branding, Marketing, Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy, and Personal Leadership. Remmie’s dedication to the community has been recognized by prestigious organizations. She is an alumni of Vital Voices Global Women’s Network and the Irex Community Solutions Program both of which annually awards community leaders for their outstanding contributions. With her expertise and passion for empowering individuals and communities, Remmie is making a significant difference in the lives of many.

Change is what happens to us externally, transition is an internal process.  

In this Modesta Mahiga 360 Leadership Podcast episode, Esther Edwards takes us through a 3-step process to effectively manage transitions so that we can thrive rather than succumb to difficult change.

In this episode of the Modesta Mahiga 360 Leadership Podcast, we are joined by Dr. Lwidiko Edward Mhamilawa and we are going to talk about “Building the Next Generation of Globally Competitive African Leaders in STEM” Dr. Lwidiko Mhamilawa is a lecturer at the Department of Parasitology and Medical Entomology at MUHAS. Lwidiko is also a co-founder of ProjeKt Inspire, a social enterprise that focuses on introducing a child-centered approach to learning Science Technology Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) subjects, known as project-based integrated learning; for both primary and secondary school-age children.  The objective is to provide proof of concept for the incorporation of the approach into the current education system as a way to equip and inspire the young generation into STEM fields and foster innovation and development in the country.  His works have led to him becoming the Next Einstein Forum Ambassador to Tanzania and the recipient of the Point of Light Award from Queen Elizabeth.  As a Tanzanian born, raised, and educated in both public and private schools in the country, he has first-hand experience of the education system and potential room for improvement especially in areas of STEM education.  Through ProjeKt Inspire, Lwidiko and his dedicated team of passionate young STEM professionals have launched two largest science centers as the first of their kind, in Dar es Salaam and Tanga, Tanzania, as the first step toward the dream of building Disneyland for Science in Africa.

If you are going through a setback, know you are not alone, we all do. 


Go through it but don’t camp there. 


God holds your future, if you won’t give up on yourself, no one can stand in your way. 


This conversation with my sister and friend, Emelda Mwamanga, Awarded Africa’s Most Influential Woman in Business and Governance, continues to reinforce the same message I have known her to stand for from the moment we met in 2010: 


Dare to Dream: Your Dreams Are Valid 


Tune in to this Modesta Mahiga 360 Leadership Podcast where she openly shares her struggles and steps to overcome them to rebuild herself as a Global African Business Woman.

You Can't Actually Lead Others


In this episode, Jeffrey Spahn turns modern-day leadership on its head with the proposition that we cannot lead each other. An organization, therefore, is made up of leader-followers; leaders of our own lives, and followers of a common purpose.


Tune in as he unpacks how "We the Leader" philosophy and the title of his latest book, impacts individuals and organizations and learn how you can apply it to maximize your leadership influence.

Is she a Lawyer, Artist, Dance Instructor, Author, or Illustrator?


She is all of the above and more.


Lotus Menezes reminds us: "You Are Not What You Do: The Importance of Finding Alignment for Total Life Success" and shares strategies on how you can live your life on your terms.

Charles Washoma shares insights and strategies to "Build a Culture of Accountability" that shares vision, values, and ownership across the organization.

Tune in to this powerful conversation with Ben Owden on "Why Leaders Lead" and how you can increase your leadership effectiveness.

Social Entrepreneurs, you will be encouraged and challenged by  Dr. Kit Ford as she guides you on "Leveraging Your Leadership Influence for Business Sustainability."

This is a powerful idea: Self Transformation: The Key to Unlocking Massive Opportunities in Africa. Click to listen to this two-part conversation with Dr. Ishamel Nii A. Dodoo.

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