Ian Damian Tarimo

Field of Study: Civic Engagement

Cohort: 2019

Country: Tanzania

Leadership Institute: University of Georgia

Ian Tarimo is a visionary leader who believes that education is a powerful tool for solving the existing community challenges and shaping the future. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology and has more than nine years of experience in social entrepreneurship working in community project management, enterprise development, and leadership. Collaboration, creativity, humility, diversity, and integrity are key values that guide Ian’s leadership style. He is currently an Africa Visionary fellow and Global Shaper (under World Economic Forum). Ian is passionate about addressing the community’s challenges through storytelling and believes that it is time to take meaningful African stories to the global platforms. He is a co-founder and Executive Director of Tai Tanzania, a social enterprise that uses data, storytelling, and media technology to produce educational and entertaining (Edutainment) content in various formats ie. 3D animations, radio dramas, music, and comics. The content is then distributed in the community through traditional and digital platforms. Currently, Tai Tanzania reaches over 6 million people with its social behavior change communication content. In 2020, Tai Tanzania was among the top 3 social enterprises that won the COVID-19 Innovation Challenge by Human Development Innovation Fund & Department For International Development.