Eng. Albin Mathias, Country Director

Albin MathiasAlbin was born and grew up in Arusha in the north of Tanzania. He went to Tanga Technical Secondary School in 2002 and then to Old Moshi High School in 2006. After graduation he worked as physics and chemistry teacher at Banjika Secondary School where he was able to get more practice working with computers, and he conducted Technology Tent training events at Banjika, Noonkodin and Oltoroto schools, introducing computer to secondary and high school students. In 2014 he recently graduated from St. Joseph University in Tanzania with a degree of Bachelor of Engineering in Information Systems and Network Engineering. He has served as Powering Potential's Country Director since 2010.

Neema Lyimo, ICT Manager

Neema LyimoNeema Lyimo Earned her Diploma in Computer Engineering at JR Institute of Information and Technology (JRIIT) in Arusha, Tanzania. She started working at Powering Potential as a Computer technician in June 2014, where she builds on her experience in networking, computer software and hardware.


Denis Christopher, Technical Consultant/Social Media Manager

denis-christopherDenis Christopher was born and grew up Mwanza in the lake Zone of Tanzania. He went to Tabora Boys’ Secondary School in 2002 and then to Tarime High School in 2006. From June 2008 to July 2009 he was working at African Barrick Gold (ABG) as Process Plant Operator. In 2009 he joined St Joseph University in Tanzania and graduated on December 2013. He is a Graduate Engineer in Information System Systems and Network Engineering with Membership Number 9840 and a Member of The Institution of Engineers Tanzania (IET). After graduation he worked as Computer Preventive Maintenance Engineer at Computer Information Systems (CIS) where he was able to get more practice working with Computer Hardware and Software.

Elitumaini Rweyemamu, Community Relations Manager

elitumainiElitumaini Rweyemamu, was born in the Mang’ola valley near lake Eyasi. He holds Bachelor of Education in Language and Management from Mzumbe University. Elitumaini is one of Powering Potential's first beneficiaries. He studied his primary Education at Mangola and joined our pilot school Banjika for secondary Education, he later went to Majengo high school in Kilimanjaro for advanced level studies. Elitumaini attended various short courses in agriculture from Sustainable Agriculture Tanzania (SAT), and Horticulture Institute Tengeru, Arusha. He also worked as literature teacher at Tumaini Junior school and Ganako High school.

Zack Sherzad, Communications Director

Zach Sherzad - PhotoZack Sherzad is a native Californian and returned Peace Corps volunteer (Tanzania 2012-2014). He believes the sum total of human knowledge is a shared resource, and dreams of a future where everyone, regardless of race, religion, or socioeconomic status, has unrestricted access to the internet. When he isn't writing for Powering Potential, he's writing for himself.

Emmanuel Ackerman, Software Engineer (Volunteer)

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Emmanuel (Manny) Ackerman, born in 1949 in Madison Wisconsin. Mostly grew up in State College, Pennsylvania and Rochester, Minnesota. Graduated from Reed College (Portland, Ore.) in 1971 with BA in mathematics. Conscientious Objector status in draft in 1971.

Manny has worked in many fields as a programmer and a researcher since 1969. From 1979 until his retirement in 2009 he worked at Depository Trust Company, which later became Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation (DTCC), as an analyst and engineer, eventually becoming an Enterprise Architect leading a team of a dozen programmers working on special projects within the company.

Manny's first personal computer was a CPM machine with 8” floppy disks in 1979, later replaced by an Amiga and then a PC in the mid-1980s. Among his other interests are making pottery, Sufi and participating in Project Gutenberg Distributed Proofreading.

Shonte Eley, Procurement Manager

Shonte Eley_001 Shonte was born and raised in New York City. She moved to Philadelphia in 2010, with her two children, a son and daughter. She is the Administrative Assistant for West Philadelphia Financial Services Institution. She has been in the Nonprofit industry for over 10 years and has her Master’s in Public Administration, with a concentration in Nonprofit Management from Keller Graduate School. Her passion for the community and belief in the industry keeps her motivated to do more wherever she can.

Jitendra Joshi, Software Freedom Activist (Volunteer)

Jitendra lives in Rajasthan, India and serves as Volunteer Web master for Powering Potential.

Christopher Nickolas, CPA, Accountant

c-nickolasChristopher Nickolas was born and raised in New York City, in the borough of Queens. He is a senior accountant at Curcio & Cohen, CPA’s, PC. Chris earned his BA in Accounting and Information Systems and Master of Science in Accounting from Queens College. He joined Powering Potential’s team in June 2014, where he brings his experience of working on financial statement services of not-for-profit organizations.

Luther Lee, Administrative and Technical Consultant (Volunteer)

Luther LeeA former computer analyst, Luther brings experience having worked for Dell Inc and consulting projects for YWCA.  He’s since discovered his passion for behavior psychology and financial literacy.  Today, Luther devotes time helping busy mom & pop individuals across the US in growing wealth.  Specifically, Luther provides passive investment opportunities in income-producing real estate to grow individuals 401ks or other savings.  He’s an avid supporter of American Humanist Assoc.,, Empowerment Homes,, and

Georgia Allen, Event Planner

Georgia Allen Native of Spartanburg, S. C., Georgia is a graduate of Cecil’s Business College and holds a certificate from the Institute in Arts Administration, Harvard University. Her career began as news director at Converse College, a four-year liberal arts college for women. She later served as director of the Spartanburg Council Arts Council. Moving to New York City in 1982, she worked in advertising and then established her own public relations agency, Georgia Allen Communications. Currently she enjoys working in a support role for several organizations.