Meet the Team

​Dr Emmanuel Sulle
Director, Arusha Climate & Environmental Research Centre (ACER)​

Prof Sulle is an Assistant Professor and Director of Arusha Climate and Environmental Research Centre. He is well-known as a leading scholar on agrarian studies in Africa and a contributor to the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa. He holds a PhD in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and master’s degree in public policy majoring in Environmental Policy from University of Maryland, United States. Emmanuel has won various awards for his academic excellence, including Harvard University Doctoral Student Fellowship and the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) Doctoral Grant. He holds a global faculty position at the University of Cologne, Germany and is a visiting scientist at Simon Fraser University, Canada.

Prior to joining AKU, Emmanuel worked as a researcher at the Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), University of the Western Cape, where he led diverse groups of researchers on numerous complex studies in more than seven countries in Eastern, Southern, Western and Northern Africa. These include large projects on women’s land rights with field research teams in seven countries, and development corridors in four countries in Eastern and Southern Africa. These multi-country and multi-disciplinary research experiences have helped him to develop considerable leadership skills in managing research projects in different contexts and with diverse groups. His current research interests include climate change, environment, sustainable agriculture, policy analysis, green economy, land tenure and agrarian transformation in Africa.

As an academic who was born, raised, researched and now works in Tanzania, Sulle is confident that he has the necessary expertise, skills and capabilities to help mobilise communities, scholars and other stakeholders to achieve AKU-ACER’s vision and mission. 

Murad Jivan
Director, Site & Facilities Operation​

Murad joined AKU in 2009 as University-wide Director, Materials Management based in Karachi, Pakistan responsible for the supply chain management for Pakistan, Afghanistan, and East Africa. At the end of 2012, Murad relocated to AKU Arusha, Tanzania as Director of Site and Facilities Operation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from the University of Hertfordshire, UK. With more than 35 years working for various automotive industries in Supply Chain Management, Murad is responsible for all Arusha sites related operations and infrastructure including site security, the plant tree nursery, reforestation program, greening initiatives, farming activities, community engagement, site upgrades and maintenance, working very closely with the project team. 

Joseph Gambay
Environmental Sustainability Researcher & Coordinator

With extensive background in environmental sciences, Joseph conducts and coordinates research and project activities in climate change, environmental science and natural resources management. In his previous works, Joseph was deeply involved in managing various projects related to tourism industry sustainability and skills development, nature conservation, agriculture, and sustainable development. Joseph has BSc in wildlife management from Sokoine University of Agriculture & MSc in conservation biology from Norwegian University of Science & Technology. His research interest focusses on nature-based solutions for climate change adaptations, natural resources management, biodiversity conservation outside protected areas, conservation agriculture, environmental management and sustainability.

Azmina Jivan
Special Projects Implementor​

Azmina moved to AKU Pakistan with Murad in 2009. She worked as a volunteer at AKU and also with others NGOs in Karachi. Azmina is currently a TKN volunteer with AKU in Arusha as a Special Projects Implementor and supports various special events in logistics, travel, hospitality, and looks after all the rental properties, the Community Outreach Centre, Football field, Staff Kitchen, sales of produce from the demo plots and a host of community engagement programs. Azmina holds a Diploma in Travel and Tourism. She provides a host of value-added services to AKU with her extensive experience.   

Fredy Wilfred Kivuyo 
Value Chain Assistant

Freddy is a multitask person with knowledge on farming, village saving and loans associations, event’s organizer, and community development projects. He has a diploma in community development from Community Development Training Institute in Monduli District. Among other things, he is responsible for the agricultural value chain within the AKU Arusha campus specifically on farming as a business, regenerative agriculture, permaculture, poultry, and dairy keeping. Fredy has immense interest in agriculture. 

Msuke Mtoka
Administration Officer

Joined AKU in February 2023 as an Administration Officer to the Arusha Climate and Environmental Research Centre, running the office administration activities. Msuke holds a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Dar es Salaam. His passion is to see AKU-ACER responds to surrounding community quest for knowledge on climate change and community resilience.   

Simon Benjamin

Simon is an accountant with a bachelor's degree in Accountancy from the Institute of Finance Management (IFM), Dar es Salaam, Tanzania as well as ordinary diploma in Banking and Finance at (IFM). He keeps systematic records of financial transactions and information to assist users to understand organization’s activities and analysis. He is the custodian of and compliance to the government financial rules and regulations.