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Team

who are we?

Creatives, educators and techies with a passion for education...

NISHA LIGON

CO-FOUNDER & CEO

Nisha is a social entrepreneur passionate about education. She has a background in learning design and was formerly Content Maestro at The Virtual School, where she spearheaded the production of an interactive video platform for UK students. She has produced content for the BBC and the Guardian, and also directed award winning documentary Twiga Stars. She has an MSc. in Science Media Production from Imperial College London and a B.S. in Biology from Yale University. At Ubongo, she's lead visionary, series producer/ screenwriter, and "cartoon mama" who does whatever it takes to get our products made, tested and released!

DOREEN KESSY

COO / CFO

Doreen is a business management professional passionate about bringing forth social change in Tanzania and Africa at large. She has worked at various organizations including International Justice Mission, Wells Fargo and Smile for Africa. Doreen also designed poverty relief programs implemented in Zimbabwe and Zambia. She has an MBA and a B.S in International Business and Economics from Liberty University in Virginia. She also does the English voice of Ngedere on Ubongo Kids!

CLENG'A NG'ATIGWA

CO-FOUNDER & ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Cleng’a is a talented composer, director and animator. He has run camps, workshops and training programs for students in Tanzania and the USA. He also sculpts, paints, makes documentary films, performs standup comedy, animates, and is a true Tanzanian Renaissance Man. He has worked with the YMCA, Wahapahapa and numerous schools in Tanzania. At Ubongo, he composes all of our original songs, directs the Ubongo Kids voice actors, and voices six characters (and counting...) himself. His voice is famous across Tanzania as the voice of Mama Ndege, everyone's favorite mathematical bird!

RAJAB SEMTAWA

CO-FOUNDER & LEAD ANIMATOR

Rajab has over 7 years experience as a professional animator in Tanzania. He trained at Media One Productions and has worked on a multitude of educational and commercial animation projects in Tanzania. He has developed all of the characters in Ubongo Kids and never ceases to surprise us with his creativity. In the past he has animated educational videos for NGO's and adverts for companies like Vodacom.

ARNOLD MINDE

CO-FOUNDER & CTO

Arnold is a software engineer and mobile developer. His project Safari Yetu won Startup World Tanzania in 2012 and GIST in 2013. Arnold is passionate about using technology for social change and is a specialist in building systems for use on the most basic mobile phones. He has a BS in Computer Science from the University of Dar es Salaam and is an alumni of the United World College.

SHUGHUDU TIRANE

ADMINISTRATOR

Shughudu is an experienced administrator and project manager who has previously worked with Hivos, the Tanzania Media Foundation, and the Tanzania Institute of Media Education. She keeps us all in line at Ubongo, and make sure that everything runs smoothly. Her daughters Melody, Emmy and Melissa can be heard singing on the Ubongo Kids themesong.