Maria Sarungi Tsehai is not one easy to define or characterize. By profession, she is a communication expert however in reality, Ms Sarungi- Tsehai is known for a wide varied action-packed career. She is director and owner of Compass Communications, that she founded with her husband David Tsehai, but she is also director/producer of award winning films and documentaries. She is also presenter and producer of many well-known and highly viewed shows in Tanzania since 2000. Aside from the independent production, Maria is also a communication consultant, having provided communication advice, PR management and training to various organizations including UN agencies, civil society organizations and individuals. Her detailed CV lists some of these organizations including World Lung Foundation and Foundation for Civil Society But there is more to Maria Sarungi-Tsehai than this
Maria Sarungi Tsehai has 10 years’ experience in national and international pageantry as event manager and pageant expert. Ms Sarungi-Tsehai is also the personal manager and mentors to all the winners and titleholders of Miss Universe Tanzania and since 2014 Miss Universe Kenya pageants. She works with a team of experts in various fields including designers, psychologist, beauty experts, boutiques, choreographers, stage designers etc As franchise license owner of Miss Universe in Tanzania since 2007, the Miss Universe brand has become synonymous with quality and prestige. Her mentees include Flaviana Matata, Miriam Odemba, Nelly Kamwelu and other beauty queens. The recent re-launch of Miss Universe Kenya has put this East African country back into the limelight with Gaylyne Ayugi’s stellar performance at the Miss Universe finals in Miami.
However as event manager, Maria SarungiTsehai has also excelled and managed with her company many other events, including annual awards, brand and company launches and conferences. Her clientele is as diverse as in any other sector. Maria’s name recognition however extends beyond the TV screen onto the new media namely social media as she is the founder of the citizens’ social media movement called Change Tanzania. Through her activism, her hashtag #ChangeTanzania has now over 50,000 members and followers on Facebook and Twitter. It was through Change Tanzania, that Maria was also appointed by the President of the United Republic of Tanzania to be a member of the Constituent Assembly in 2014.
Maria SarungiTsehai is also Chair of the board of AkibaUhaki Foundation based in Nairobi, Kenya, member of the Technical Advisory Committee of REPOA, chair of Tanzania Independent Producers’ Association, Regional Secretary of Eastern Africa in the Pan African Federation of Filmmakers (FEPACI), founder of Roots and Shoots – Jane Goodall Institute. She also remains available for advice and mentoring for various other organizations and a well-known moderator and public speaker at different events.