The Swedish Institute Management Programme (SIMP) brings together business leaders who want to succeed in driving change for economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable businesses. SIMP builds on Sweden’s prominent position in innovation and sustainable business and its connection to the global economy. The programme provides its participants with methods, concepts, and practical applications from leading experts in the key aspects of sustainability.
Today’s leaders need a firm understanding of the complexity and unpredictability of current global challenges and opportunities. They are increasingly expected to act responsibly and grow their businesses more sustainably. Swedish Institute Management Programme participants get access to knowledge and tools that are critical for understanding sustainable and responsible business, and that will help them become an even better leaders within their work contexts and local communities.
With its very hands-on approach, the SIMP program brings together participants from several companies from Sweden and the Eastern Africa region to discuss their sustainability work and explore their challenges. In addition to external experts, SIMP builds on the expertise and extensive experience within the group and creates a strong network between participants, with much time dedicated to peer learning and teambuilding.
Held during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, SIMP 2020 was the first time participants had to navigate digital connectivity, time difference, and the lack of physical meetings to complete their program. Despite the pandemic, and the program having to be held entirely online, SIMP 2020 was yet another successful run. In fact, Tanzania had four participants –who are leaders in their respective fields –graduate from the program. H.E. Anders Sjöberg, Swedish Ambassador to Tanzania, had an opportunity to sit down with these inspiring individuals and hear about their experience.
A lawyer and current Head of Legal Department of Vodacom Tanzania, Jacqueline has a strong legal expertise in banking, telecom, Mobile Money Services, commercial transactions and corporate law, company secretarial, privacy and litigation. Jacqueline aims at getting things done and creating value and a strategic advantage for her company. She has experience in handling complex corporate and commercial transactions, overseeing the company’s compliance with statutory regulations, legal cost management, and managing outsourced legal matters to outside counsels. She is also particularly keen on Vodacom’s efforts towards a digital future that is socially and economically inclusive and accessible to all, particularly that the vulnerable are not left behind on the journey to that future.
“I have been a lawyer for most of my life, so SIMP was an eye-opener. The program showed me that although yes, we do embed sustainable business into our company vision, there are still a lot more challenges in society that could be turned into business opportunities and enhance sustainable business and practice in the country. With this knowledge from SIMP, and being the only person in my company with this knowledge, now, apart from managing my own legal portfolio I am able to participate in the company’s sustainable business strategic areas, and assist my company by sharing my ideas and knowledge to ensure that our goal to positively transform lives in the country, is achieved.”
A Chemical and Process Engineer, an environmentalist and a social entrepreneur, Allen has a passion for all things related to the environment. He saw an opportunity for creating employment through solving solid waste challenges in Tanzania. Currently Allen is a co-founder and CEO of Zaidi Recyclers, the Executive Chairman at Zanrec Plastics Company Ltd, Chairperson at Tanzania Recyclers Association, a Founding Member of Tanzania Start-up Association, and a member of the Tanzania Bureau of Standards’ Solid Waste Technical Committee. He has worked at a managerial level at two multinationals companies –Unilever & Bollore Logistics for 8 years and successfully ran and excelled in the tea quality project TANOZAIDI.
“I’ve been passionate about sustainability for a long time, SIMP was an opportunity for me to learn even more about it. I am also a fan of what Sweden is doing with recycling, and wanted to connect with the Swedish Institute, Swedish people, and partners in business, in fact, one of the investors in my recycling company Zanrec is from there, so it felt good to be amongst other individuals who are just as passionate about the subject. Also, working in waste management I saw SIMP as an opportunity to acquire more skills and knowledge about how to drive the issue of inclusivity forward. We have a lot of vulnerable people working in waste management, but they are not protected by the different policies governing the area, for example street waste pickers. My vision is to make sure that these people are recognized, empowered and their dignity restored.”
Magreth is a Project Management Professional working at Exim Bank Group as a Senior Manager where she leads Group’s project management practices in Tanzania, Uganda, Comoros and Djibouti. She is experienced in managing large change projects ranging from digital transformation, IT system implementation, process improvement projects, and implementation of new products and services. In the past she has worked as a Financial Analyst at OpenOil UG in Germany, a Business Analyst at Deloitte East Africa, and as an Auditor at Claritas International in Tanzania. Magreth is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP®). She holds MSc (Econ) in Petroleum, Energy Economics and Finance from the University of Aberdeen, UK; and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Dar es salaam, Tanzania.
“SIMP encouraged me to go outside my comfort zone and look out for more opportunities so that I can have a positive impact to a larger group aside from myself. Immediately after the SIMP program, I applied for the Board Membership for the Project Management Institute (PMI), Tanzania Chapter, and succeeded. Now I am working with other board members to create awareness of the PM profession in society, for example by connecting with university students, In addition, at Exim Bank, as we revamp our co-banking system I am spearheading the move towards implementing paperless banking at our branches, for sustainability.”
Japhet is the Managing Director at Biofood Tech Co Ltd (BIOTET), a Tanzanian based enterprise focused on agribusiness and agro-processing, with products ranging from healthy probiotic drinks to animal feed. He has a wide of experience in operating social inclusive businesses with direct impact on vulnerable and poor communities. Japhet is a Molecular biologist and a Bio-technologist graduated from the University of Dar es Salaam. He also has a Social Entrepreneurship background from the University of Cambridge, and Agricultural value chain models expertise from the Green Bioscience Institute of the Seoul National University. Japhet also founded the Bio-Innovation Hub, an NGO pioneering the advancement of bio-disciplines across Tanzania, to address the social challenges within the country.
“I run a business, and one of the things that has always been challenging is team development. throught SIMP I have learned some tips on how to develop a long-lasting team as I try and grow my business, which has been very vital. Something else that I hadn’t considered is the gender aspect, prior to SIMP I used to hire without considering the gender balance, but now I have it in the back of my mind whenever I’m trying to recruit as I’m trying to build my enterprise. I also ask myself because of SIMP what my company can do about climate change, the program gave me the realization and the motivation that I could do something about it, both for impact and for profit.”
We want to thank the Swedish Institute Management Programme Africa 2020 graduates for sharing their experience with us and wish these leaders of society all the best with their endeavors!