Martin Kariongi

Martin Kariongi

Terrat Village, Tanzania - Smart Villages
Community Leader

Biography

Martin Kariongi Ole Sanago was born and raised in Maasai Steppes/plains of northern Tanzania. He is the founder of IOPA, a hybrid social organization that operates in Northern Tanzania to facilitate, direct and shape the social and economic transition of pastoral peoples from subsistence economy to a long term sustainable economy. Martin has extensive experience in establishing grassroots organizations alongside pioneering social entrepreneurship and community business ventures for the Maasai people’s economic empowerment. He was nominated as an Ashoka Fellow in 2003 and in 2006 he was awarded the Quality World Wide Community Award by Columbia University.