Fibby joined Maisha in August 2012. Since that time, she has spearheaded screenwriting labs, filmmaking & technical labs, documentary filmmaking labs and the youth & film-training programs in Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania and Rwanda.
Fibby collaborates with cultural partners in the East African region to produce a variety of programming, including film festivals and film screenings. At the 2015 Cyprus International Short Film Festival, along with curating the program of African short films, Fibby was selected to be the head of the jury for the film festival. She was also on the ZIFF (Zanzibar International Film Festival) jury in the Ousmane Sembene short film category in 2015, a panelist for iREP International Documentary Film Festival in Nigeria, and she curated a short film program for the Message 2 Man film festival in St. Petersburg, Russia as well as Ammarnas Film Festival in Sweden.
When she is not working as a producer for the numerous short films that Maisha produces, Fibby travels Africa and the globe representing Maisha and promoting East African filmmakers. She was the line producer for the 2014 Tribeca Film Institute documentary film a fork, a spoon and & a KNIGHT.
Born and raised in Kenya, Fibby has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Public Administration and Economics from Punjab University in Chandigarh, India. Previously, she worked in the advertising industry in Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Ghana and Uganda. Fibby sits on the Board of Directors for Goethe-Zentrum Kampala/Ugandan German Cultural Society.
Gail Dinter-Gottlieb, Ph.D. has worked with the Maisha Foundation as a consultant, and now Director of Development since 2011.
Gail received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Weizmann Institute in Israel, and spent 15 years as a professor and researcher. Her lab was the first to discover a human virus that could cleave itself, and she received a $500,000 grant to target the AIDS virus as a first step in drug development. Her work in AIDS education at the university level was nationally recognized.
Dr. Dinter-Gottlieb then moved into a career in administration, serving as a Dean at the State University of New York and Pace University, and then President of Acadia University. At each institution, she established a Center for Community Outreach to promote service learning, where professors and students engage with the large community to give more relevance to their coursework.
She feels that it is a privilege to raise money for an organization in which she passionately believes, and finds the work that Maisha has accomplished over its first ten years to be extraordinary.
She lives in Brooklyn, and looks forward to visiting Uganda, the Film Lab and the beautiful new Maisha Garden. “Mira Nair has shown that a dream, with the strength of a powerful woman behind it, can come true.
Joel Tugaineyo is a Screenwriter/Director from Uganda. He began his film career in Nairobi, Kenya where he penned the pilot script for a sci-fi TV series: ‘USONI’ in 2013, which went on to be screened at the ‘Short Corner’ of the 2015, Cannes Film Festival.
While he finished his BA in Journalism at United States International University (USIU), Joel wrote and directed two more independent films: ‘Natural Selection’ (2013) – screened at the 48 Hour Film Project in Nairobi, and ‘Icarus: The Sound of Burning Wings’ (2015).
Joel returned to Uganda in 2016 and joined Maisha Film Lab; volunteering in different capacities on various Maisha projects as an Assistant Facilitator, a Production Assistant, an Assistant Director on a documentary short, and a Film Mentor on 8 short film projects.
Today, Joel works as the Program Coordinator at Maisha Film Lab; responsible for organization and correspondence on several Maisha projects and activities.
Joel believes that Africa is a bubbling cauldron of stories waiting to be shared with the rest of the world. He has made it his primary goal to be a part of the growing movement that is using film to share Africa’s unique voice and penchant for storytelling with the rest of the world.
Florence Kakande joined Maisha Foundation Ltd, in December 2011 as a part time accountant where she has been in charge of preparing budgets and overseeing expenditure in line with the donor contracts. Prior to joining Maisha, Florence worked for another not-for-profit film organization Amakula Kampala Cultural Foundation Ltd. She worked as the Finance manager / Administrator for Amakula for 4 years.
Born and raised in Uganda, Florence loves stories, listening to motivational talks, reading positive books and travelling.