Meet the Entrepreneurship Team!

Hi, we are the Entrepreneurship Team of 2018!

As we are six weeks into the project now and already knee deep in work, we think an introduction to our team is long overdue.

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Olivia – Project Director 

Current Studies: MPhil Development Studies Graduate

What you need to know: Her nickname is Lucy

Highlight of the project so far: Seeing the team grow together

 

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Neema – Project Director

Current Studies: Law Graduate

What you need to know: She doesn’t like cheese (who knew people like that existed?!)

Highlight of the project so far: Seeing everyone work together and overcome obstacles

 

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Issy – Research Team

Current Studies: First Year Land Economy

What you need to know: She is the cat woman of Dar es Salaam (she is constantly surrounded by the entire population of Ardhi’s many cats)

Highlight of the project so far: Sunny team meetings at the beach

 

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Yumo – Research Team 

Current Studies: Urban Planning Graduate

What you need to know: Do not play the card game ‘President’ with her, she will quickly turn into a controlling dictator

Highlight of the project so far: Giving out fliers in the local universities

 

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Seni – Research Team 

Current Studies: Finance Graduate

What you need to know: He likes to find new things

Highlight of the project so far: Meeting so many new people

 

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Norah – Deputy Project Director

Current Studies: Law Graduate

What you need to know: She sleeps with her legs in the air

Highlight of the project so far: Team meetings at Grano (that are usually accompanied by yummy cake!)

 

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Zac – Deputy Project Director

Current Studies: Management Graduate

What you need to know: He’s one of Scotland’s top grime artists (in his head) and has an irrational fear of cats jumping out of bins

Highlight of the project so far: Being a guest DJ at the local club

 

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Vincent – Communications  

Current Studies: Economics and Management Graduate

What you need to know: He has drawn CDI’s Deputy Director, Billy, over 50 times

Highlight of the project so far: Visiting a local market and being challenged to a rap battle by a local

 

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Rashid – Communications 

Current Studies: Economics

What you need to know: He’s fab at volleyball

Highlight of the project so far: Having face to face meetings with some of the most influential business men and women in Dar

 

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Josi – Communication

Current Studies: Geomatics Graduate

What you need to know: Has the most amazing business dress (a future editor of vogue?)

Highlight of the project so far: Getting to meet and form relationships with some of the biggest business tycoons in Tanzania

 

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Trina – Publicity 

Current Studies: Chemistry Graduate

What you need to know: Her room at university had over 100 different toy penguins

Highlight of the project so far: Winning the CDI scavenger hunt by bringing back a live chicken and a CD copy of Zac’s favourite Tanzanian song

 

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John – Publicity  

Current Studies: Finance

What you need to know: He loves to rap!

Highlight of the project so far: Seeing the seminars improve each time

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Aina – Events Coordinator 

Current Studies:  Geoinformatics Graduate

What you need to know: She loves to dance!

Highlight of project so far: When we held a photo shoot for our publicity shots

 

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Luca – M&E Officer  

Current Studies: Economics

What you need to know: He is currently attempting to bring back the backwards baseball cap

Highlight of project so far: Starting the IntoBusiness boy band

 

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Patience – M&E Officer 

Current Studies: Economics

What you need to know: He can stay awake all night listening to music and won’t be tired in the morning

Highlight of project so far: Meeting new people from all over the world

 

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Megan – Events Coordinator   

Current Studies: Economics

What you need to know: She carries a jar of Nutella on her at all times

Highlight of project so far: Being invited to Rashid’s house to celebrate Eid with the rest of the team!

 

So that’s us!
These six weeks really have flown by. As Entrepreneurship is a pilot project this year we have had many learning curves to deal with. This, alongside trying to get our heads around the ins and outs of Tanzanian culture has made our days a little hectic and challenging at times. But with the guidance of our brilliant counterparts and being able to work outside in the Tanzanian sun, we have taken it all in our stride.

The evenings are filled with visits to the local karaoke bar, hunting down new street food finds (yellow balls are by far the best), crowding around one laptop to watch the latest instalment of Love Island and stuffing our faces with Chowpatty (the best Indian you will ever find). So, it’s easy to see how three weeks can quickly slip by without any of us realising.

Although we have already learned and accomplished so much in these weeks, there is still a lot we wish to achieve as a team:

  • First up is for us CDI volunteers to improve our somewhat abysmal Kiswahili. Most of us have quickly learned the names of our favourite foods and no longer make the mistake of ordering goat instead of baked beans. However, knowing little Kiswahili other than our lunch order is getting slightly embarrassing, so some vocab practise is well in need.
  • Next, we want to focus on widening the impact of project in Dar. Whilst we have quickly put together a professional seminar series, we want to work on who we are helping and ways we can reach those that previous projects have been unable to. Here we have set ourselves a considerable challenge, however we are confident that with inputs from both CDI and Kite we will find a solution.
  • Finally, to make the most of the pilot project, we also hope to explore new project streams that are yet to be investigated by previous entrepreneurship teams.

Hopefully, when we next check in we will have made progress on these goals, but for now…

Kwaheri!

 

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