Felix Brooks-church
Felix Brooks-church
Co-Founder & CEO

Felix has lived and worked across six developing countries, experiencing diverse cultures and seeing the difference the access to good nutrition has on families. Surveying hundreds of mills in at-risk communities across South Asia, East and Southern Africa, Felix has refined fortification technologies and developed economic models for sustaining rural fortification. Felix leads the overall organizational development, mission, and trajectory of Sanku. He also led all aspects of product development and engineering for the award winning Sanku Dosifier technology. The Mulago Foundation has selected Felix as a Rainer Arnhold Fellow.

Nicholas Fernandes
Nicholas Fernandes
Country Manager

Nik came to us from the leadership team of a rapidly growing international tech start-up with over 200 staff. He has 13 years of management experience across technology-focused businesses in Tanzania. He holds a Master’s degree in Strategic Business and Information Systems and a post-graduate diploma in Strategic Business and Information Technology.A Tanzanian of Goan descent, Nik is very involved in his local community, organizing sporting and social events to promote his rich Goan culture.

Mary Chowning
Mary Chowning
Cheif Financial Officier

Mary brings over 30 years experience with broad-based finance, operations and business focus across a range of large and small businesses in diverse industries and across many countries. Mary is pivotal to the leadership of our finances and guides the team on transparency with tight controls and systems. Mary holds a B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara and joined Sanku in 2016 to help strengthen our finance procedures as we scale. Mary is passionate about our work because she has experienced it to be one of the most cost-effective ways to fight malnutrition.

Josephine Kimario
Josephine Kimario
Food Technician & Nutritionist

Josephine has a passion for nutrition and science that shines through her work every day. Josephine recently joined our team after completing a nutrition project with World Vision as acting Project Manager. Josephine’s dedication to nutrition has taken her abroad to Belgium where she attended the Belgian Nutrition Society Congress- Adding value to nutrition research BNS- Brussels, Belgium. Josephine is committed to seeing the day when the critical change in her country to improve access to good nutrition for all people is here.

Shahista Hasham
Shahista Hasham
Program Coordinator

Shahista is responsible for key administrative and operational tasks, including managing petty cash, monitoring fuel cards, and assuring all staff comply with organizational processes. Shahista is a pharmacist with an MPH by training, but has spent the last several years running her own small business. She comes to the organization with a passion for administration and is drawing form her management experience in clinical settings.

Mussa Yunus
Mussa Yunus
Graphic Designer & Marketing

Mussa is a creative graphics designer and marketing expert who brings significant experience in communications, digital marketing, directs media relations, branding and advertising. Prior to joining us, Mussa worked as the Head of Marketing at Builder’s Center Tanzania, where he managed and coordinated marketing teams, identify opportunities, develop strategies, lead campaigns, and had overall responsibility for brand management and corporate identity.

Leah Kidd
Leah Kidd
Director of Communications & Development

After leading a green-focused building project in Cambodia for at-risk youths, Leah set her sights on improving the health of children in Africa. Leah spent four years as the In-Country International Director for a Cambodian NGO, where she was integral in scaling the organization’s programming, in particular the nutrition initiative to combat the stunting rates. Leah brings a wide range of knowledge and experience in development fieldwork, as well as ten years background working in Media throughout Australia. Based now in Tanzania, Leah leads all aspects of PHC-Sanku’s Communications and Development.

Anne Wanlund
Anne Wanlund
Director of Research & Development

Anne has a decade of experience working on international programs, with a focus on health and nutrition. She has worked on global health issues across Africa, Asia and Latin America/ the Caribbean in community-based, policy, private sector and research roles. Before Sanku, she directed an international NGO that uses integrated agriculture and nutrition interventions to address malnutrition in Rwanda. Anne joined Sanku because she strongly believes that every life should start with good nutrition. Anne holds a B.A. from the College of William and Mary and a MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

Mary Odhiambo
Mary Odhiambo
Lab Technician

As a food scientist, Mary oversees Sanku’s new lab facility. Equipped with BioAnalyt’s state-of-the-art iCheck rapid test kit, Mary collects and tests flour samples from our millers, assuring we are precisely delivering the critical levels of nutrients to the population. As a scientist, Mary wants to drive big impact, and thus cares strongly about accuracy, results and truth.

Jane Maloo
Jane Maloo
Administrator

Jane is both a mother and an advocate of good nutrition. Whilst raising a family in Tanzania, Jane has witnessed first-hand the devastating effect limited access to fortified foods has on a community, in particular a child’s development. Jane leads many administration aspects of Sanku and brings over 9 years of experience to the role. Jane holds a Masters of Business of Administration (MBA) and BA of Art in Political Science and Public Administration. Jane wants her community and country’s mothers to have the access they deserve to good nutritious foods daily.

David Tan
David Tan
Lead Dosifer Engineer

Hailing from both Singapore and New Zealand, David is a very social-minded engineer, driven to develop “tech for good” across Africa. He is very adept in applying his great mechanical and electrical design skills to fix and improve our fortification dosifier technology. He also leads our dosifier maintenance training program, ensuring all field staff are well equipped to address any issues experienced at any mill. Previously, David was a mobile game developer and also a member of the Singapore Armed Forces.

Mohammed Mwembe
Mohammed Mwembe
Dosifer Technician

Mohammed wants all families to have the choice of eating healthy nutritious foods. Mohammed has been working with Sanku for over three years now supporting our engineers with firmware and hardware updates to the Sanku dosifier equipment and technology in the field of Tanzania. He is currently assisting to upgrade all Sanku dosifiers with a cellular upgrade which will allow for easy monitoring and repair scheduling. He is thrilled to be part of a team that is using technology to help people fight illness and become strong against disease.

Stanford Ngasala
Stanford Ngasala
Mill Support

Stanford believes that good nutrition is a basic human right and must be prioritized in Tanzania. He is a local advocate for food fortification, educating members of his community after experiencing first hand the devastating affects of malnutrition has had on his own family. Stanford was Sanku’s first hire in Tanzania and has been essential in supporting small-scale millers to adopt fortification. He previously worked for a USAID project named Tuboreshe Chakula, which is Swahili for improving food.

Innocent Meney
Innocent Meney
Region Manager

With a strong background in marketing and fieldwork, Innocent helped to launch our newest expansion in the Arusha and Kilimanjaro regions last year. By the end of 2020, we will look to add over 100 mills in Northern Tanzania, where there are some of the highest micronutrient deficiency rates. Innocent has a great skill in motivating millers to join Sanku, and ensuring they are compliant ongoing.

Kelvin Urassa
Kelvin Urassa
Region Manager

Kelvin is an energetic and passionate member of the Sanku team, supporting millers across Tanzania with the training, tools and technology to properly fortify their maize flour. Armed with the knowledge that over 90% of his county’s people are eating foods from small scale mills, he is determined to make sure that all millers have the right equipment and training to deliver quality nutritious foods throughout the region.

Sinda Leonard
Sinda Leonard
Region Manager

Sinda is a very hard working and self-motivated person, who enjoys being part of a driven team. An experienced Business Developer and Project Handler, Sinda now manages multiple regions in Tanzania for Sanku. A dedicated father of two, Sinda has a passion to improve the lives of all children across his country. He even goes as far to say that joining Sanku is like “living my dream to save children’s lives”.