Rachel Kessi
Founder and manager of the Mawazo Contemporary Art Centre, a non-profit arts consultancy company dedicated to the promotion and development of innovative Tanzanian and African art. Mawazo, meaning ‘ideas and thoughts’ in Kiswahili opened in 2002 in Dar es Salaam. Its major achievements are the establishment of the Mawazo visual art centre, the Visa 2 Dance contemporary dance festival, the Makutano art & design fairs and the Music Mayday youth centre. Two research projects led to the publication of: Black Aroma, the story of Tanzanian coffee and Unheard Voices, the challenge of climate change in Tanzania.

Anneloes Roelandschap
Founder and manager of Zenji Zanzibar, an organisation that initiates projects with the aim to create (in)direct income for the rural local community by stimulating entrepreneurship, encouraging tourists to participate in local tours and buying locally produced gifts. Under the ‘Zenji Branch’, Zenji Hotel opened its doors in 2008 with downstairs a boutique where locally produced gifts are sold. In the recently opened recycle workplace ‘Chako’ (meaning Yours in Kiswahili) waste from tourists is transformed into modern souvenirs. Through art projects and exchanges Zenji Zanzibar builds a bridge between the Western World and Africa, bringing together the best of both worlds (both skills and knowledge).