Joseph Rugumyamheto, a graduate of Stanford University, spent 30 years in the Tanzania public service and for 10 years as the Permanent Secretary for Public Service Management in the President's Office.
He was responsible for all civil servants in the Government of Tanzania and for human resource management and development policies.
He is widely credited with being instrumental in achieving wide-ranging reform in the Tanzanian public service and for achieving enormous improvement in public service delivery to the poor.
He contributed to development in numerous capacities including serving as Chairman of the Government Board of the Eastern and Southern African Management Institute, Member of the Board of Research on Poverty Elimination, and Chairman of the Board of Global Development Learning Centre Network.
The Honorable Rugumyamheto retired in January 2006, and is now Chairman of the Board/Director at Douglas Lake Minerals Limited, a joint venture company holding mineral concession rights in Tanzania.
In April 2006 he was awarded, at the World Bank, the Jit Gill Memorial Award for Outstanding Public Service.