H.E. Dr. Ashatu Kijaji
Minister for Investment, Trade, & Industry, Tanzania
Ashatu Kijaji is a Tanzanian academic and politician belonging to the ruling Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party. She is a Member of Parliament for Kondoa Constituency in Dodoma Region and the Minister of the newly established Ministry of Investment, Industry and Trade since January 10, 2022.
In 2001, she received her Advanced Diploma in Economic Planning from the then Institute of Development Management - Mzumbe which is equivalent to Bachelor of Science in Economics currently offered by now Mzumbe University. She then acquired her Master of Science in Business Administration specialized in International Management from the University of Agder, Norway in 2008. She also acquired her PhD in International Management Majoring in Economics from the same University of Agder, Norway in 2013.
She worked as a Planning Officer for the Kisarawe District Council from March 2002 to August 2002 and then as an Assistant Lecturer from 2005 to 2009, Lecturer in Development Economics and International Management from 2009 to 2012 and Senior Lecturer in Development Economics and International Management from July 2012 to October 2015 at her alma mater Mzumbe University where she later became the Director of Planning.