Board Members and Personnel
Jamila Sulu - Chairperson (Board Member)
Jamila Sulu, the founder and chairperson of Widows and Orphans Development Foundation (WODF) is a Lawyer and a Human Rights Practitioner with over 15 years of experience in human rights work drawn from her previous work at the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance in Tanzania, and from Amnesty International Tanzania Section. She holds a master’s degree (M.A Development Studies: Human Rights, Gender and Conflict Studies) from The Hague-based International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) of Erasmus University Rotterdam; a bachelor’s degree in Law (LLB), and a Diploma in International Relations and Diplomacy from Tanzania. Her areas of expertise include international human rights law, human rights and development advocacy, promoting the rights of the most vulnerable, as well as gender and development issues.
Neeltje Ardon - Secretary (Board Member)
Neeltje Ardon is a former teacher with over 20 years of teaching experience in various schools in Rotterdam and The Hague in the Netherlands. She also has many years of extensive experience in charity work with various local and international human rights organisations volunteering in resource mobilisation roles with organisations such as Amnesty International Netherlands, Spierfonds and Dierenbescherming. She also supports in various forms the work of CordAid, UNICEF Nederland, Artsen Zonder Grenzen, Stichting Vluchtelingenwerk and other Dutch organisations. She is currently mobilising support for disadvantaged girls’ education in Uganda and Tanzania, and has previously done so for disadvantaged communities in Romania.
Salome Magembe - Treasurer (Board Member)
Salome Magembe is a Food Scientist and an International Food Quality Professional with over 10 year of experience. She holds a master’s degree in Food Quality Management from Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR) in the Netherlands specialising in food quality management, food ethics, food analysis and food judgment. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology from Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) in Tanzania focusing on food microbiology, food chemistry, food engineering, food analysis, and food contaminants. She has previously worked with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome, Italy as well as with some food processing companies in the Netherlands. She is currently working with METRO Food Sourcing (RTO)-Delft in the Netherlands as Food Quality Controller.
Leo Slegtenhorst - Patron
Leo Slegtenhorst is a Business Economist and IT engineer with nearly 30 years of experience. He graduated in Business Economy from the School of Economic Studies (HES) now part of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Later on, he received training in Information Technology covering Systems Analysis, System Designing, and Data Management. He has previously worked with Zwolsche Algemeene BV, and currently with 3M Nederland BV as Lead Business Analyst and Systems Analyst whereby his work involves developing systems applications; setting up and integrating databases; data deployment; data migration; data cleansing; leading the implementation of data-related projects, and providing technical support on various data aspects to the 3M teams in western European countries, USA and Japan.
Hussein Ringi - Programme Manager (Tanzania)
Hussein Ringi is a social scientist who graduated with a Bachelor's degree in Archaeology from the University of Dar es Salaam. As a specialist in the study of human activity through the recovery and analysis of material culture, Hussein has taken part in projects involving archaeological excavations in Juani Island at Mafia Archipelago and Makuyuni Arusha in Tanzania, archaeological investigation of trade connections between the Mafia Island and the rest of the ancient world, and archaeological investigation of Pleistocene Hominin and Mammalian Paleofauna. He is also skilled in conducting systematic surveys, mapping, analysis, and impact assessment. His skills in research and analysis plus the volunteer work that he has done previously with local organizations working on the rights of disadvantaged communities in Tanzania are expected to benefit WODF greatly.