Mathew is a Commonwealth Scholar and has a PhD in Health Informatics from the University of Leeds in the UK. Also, has an MPhil in Research Methods and Skills from Maastricht School of Management (MSM) in The Netherlands (2012), an MSc in Health Informatics (2011), and a BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Dar es Salaam (2006). His research interests include Information Systems, Implementations of ICT Projects, ICT Projects Implementation and Organisational Change, Digital Health Systems, Health Information Systems (HIS), Implementation Science, Information Systems Design and Analysis, Evaluation of ICT-based Implementation Projects, Software Projects, and Data Quality.
Mathew has diverse practical experiences in the field of ICT, working both in the private and public sectors. He joined the UDSM in 2008 as a Tutorial Assistant and since then has been involved in several research and consultancy projects on implementation of HIS and digital health initiatives under the WHO, the Ministry of Health in Tanzania, health facilities, and other local and international stakeholders in the health sector. He has provided technical expertise in areas such as information systems requirements elicitation, systems analysis and design, software customisation, data analysis and quality improvement, training facilitation, and providing user support. From 2008 to 2014, he was a key team member in the consortium of experts involved in the inception and national-wide implementation of DHIS2 and HRHIS software under the Ministry of Health.
Before joining the UDSM, Mathew worked with then one of the largest Internet Service Provider (ISP) companies in Tanzania, called Habari Node PLC. He started working in May 2002 as an internet technician and three months later he was promoted to be a supervisor in the cable network department, responsible for internet connectivity to more than 500 individual customers. After the first degree in 2006, Mathew joined the headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania (ELCT) as a manager of a newly introduced and donor-funded Health-ICT department. As a change management leader, he worked with about 30 faith-based hospitals countrywide to set up ICT infrastructure to support the adoption of Hospital Information Systems, Electronic Medical Records Systems (EMR), and other digital health solutions for on-job training for frontline healthcare works in rural areas.
Apart from his academic and research responsibilities, Mathew likes reading, writing, sharing social skills, and long driving. He is a qualified driver with both UK and Tanzanian driving licences. He engages in several social issues through which he has developed skills and experience of more than 15 years in training social skills, resolving conflicts, and providing counselling: focusing on issues around academic excellence, career development, personal and groups relationships, youth, marriages, and family relationship. He has also been involved by different public and private organisations as an expert in the recruitment of ICT experts, developing ICT-related curriculum, developing strategic plans, and examination processes.
Mathew has been involved in teaching several undergraduate and postgraduate courses in:
Supervision of Research Students
Currently, Mathew is supervising two PhD students:
Past and current research and consultancy projects involved
Leadership Responsibilities and Experience
Coordinator of Information Systems and Innovations Research Group at CoICT (January 2020 – Present).
Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies and Quality Assurance – DoCSE (December 2020 – present).
Member of the College of Information and Communication Technologies (CoICT) Board (December 2020 – Present).
CoICT Representative in the UDSM Academic Staff Assembly (UDASA) Executive Committee (2020 – 2022).
Regional Coordinator for Commonwealth Scholarship Commission Scholars in the UK, North East England (2014- 2015).
Assistant Project Coordinator, Human Resource for Health Information System (HRHIS) Project, 2010 – 2014).
Assistant Project Coordinator, Health Information Systems Program (HISP), Tanzania team (2010 – 2012).
ICT Coordinator and Change Management Leader – Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania Headquarters (2006 – 2007).
Cable network department supervisor - Habari Note PLC (then AFAM LTD) (2002- 2003).
Department of Computer Science and Engineering
University of Dar es Salaam
CoICT Kijitonyama Campus
Ali Hassan Mwinyi Road
P.O. Box 33335, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
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Office Location: CoICT Block A, Room# 003