Gamariel Mboya spent his Fellowship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.
Gamariel Mboya has an MBA and is Head of Administration at The Aga Khan University, Tanzania. He is a person with albinism with a strong commitment to making a meaningful difference in the lives of people with albinism, and disabilities more broadly, in East Africa. As an effective advocate, he has contributed to conferences workshops, and other platforms addressing the deprivations faced by those with albinism. Gamariel has participated in several studies on albinism, including research sponsored by the World Bank. Gamariel has also worked for the renowned charity Under the Same Sun, where he served as field team leader for the situation assessment of centers for displaced persons with albinism in Tanzania’s Lake Zone and Tanga regions. He is responsible for an education scholarship fund that sponsored more than 300 students with albinism and also organized galas that assisted in linking people with disabilities to employment. He was a member of a Government of Tanzania working group that prepared a guide to improve educational opportunities for persons with albinism and was selected for the Obama Foundation’s 2018 Leaders – Africa Programme. In 2019, he was chosen as a mentor for the Obama Africa Leaders Summit in Johannesburg, where he trained Obama Fellows from across the continent on social entrepreneurship and project development. Recently Gamariel was appointed to the advisory panel of the U.K. Big Lottery East Africa Disability Fund.
Gamariel’s Fellowship project is entitled the ‘Employer Connect Project.’ The goal of this project is to promote better compliance with Tanzania’s Persons with Disabilities Act of 2010. This law mandates that employers ensure that three percent of employees are PWD. In order to achieve this, he will engage in outreach to both potential employees and employers, building opportunities for inclusive employment through job coaching and networking efforts.