Ocheck Msuva is the Founder and CEO of Bridge for Change (BFC), a non-partisan, non-profit, non-governmental organization (NGO) led by Tanzanian youth for Tanzanian youth that works to empower them to take ownership of their future, participate, and contribute to positive change in society and the world. Bridge for Change provides youth with career development information, coaching, mentorship and guidance, as well as financial and entrepreneurial skills to succeed in life. He also serves as Chair of the Board of KITE, a Tanzanian student-led organization focused on transforming student volunteerism to make it a more effective engine for sustainable development. He champions for youth empowerment and good governance.
He worked as Tanzania Country Director for the Cambridge Development Initiative in Tanzania (CDI), supporting the organization to establish operations in the country. Osheck is a Fellow at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) East Africa Regional Centre in Nairobi Civic Leadership track and at the Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) Dar es Salaam. These experiences have equipped him with leadership and managerial skills critical to his current work as governance consultant and Bridge for Change organization leader. An experienced facilitator, he enjoys engaging with young people to listen to youth aspirations, exchange ideas, share inspiration and motivate each other to bring concrete grass-root change in the community. Humanity and collaboration are the critical values at the core of its professional and personal journey.
Osheck has spoken in various international conferences on matters concerning youth. One of the conferences is Cambridge University Africa Day where he spoke on youth in bringing Africa Development. He was also invited to facilitate Wilton Park Conference, on Effective Education for Entrepreneurship and Creating Enabling Environment for Youth Entrepreneurship and Youth start-ups. The conference was about boosting youth employment in Sub-Saharan Africa. He has also spoken at the British Tanzania Society in the United Kingdom. At Bridge for Change, he has played a crucial role in the empowerment of over eight thousand youth (8,000+).
He currently works part-time with Tanzania Bora Initiative as a Governance program consultant, overseeing development and management, planning, reporting governance projects as well as policy analysis. He also coordinates and works with the production department in producing inspiring programs on governance to the community and also travels to represent the organization on governance based activities. With Tanzania Bora Initiative, he will continue to champion for youth empowerment, good governance and social innovation.
A graduate from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Public Administration (with Honours). For him, his mantra is No change without Youth being at the centre of it. Youth are the ones who hold the future and are the future.