Lemayon Lemilia Melyoki




Lemayon Lemilia Melyoki

College/School/Institute/ Directorate/Unit:

University of Dar es Salaam Business School




Associate Professor

Current Summarised CV/Profile:

Prof. Lemayon L. Melyoki, obtained a PhD from the University of Twente, the Netherlands and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) qualification issued by the NBAA. He is a current member of the Academy of Management (AOM) and the Institute of Directors of Tanzania (IoDT). He has held various administrative/ managerial positions at the University of Dar es Salaam and a board member in various organizations. He researches and publishes in the areas of entrepreneurship, management (leadership), and governance. His publications have appeared in the various renown peer-review journals including  Journal of Extractives and Society, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and the International Journal of Cross Cultural Management, focusing on leadership, entrepreneurship and governance topics. Prof. Melyoki is current a co-leader for the international research consortium on leadership and management in Africa and Diaspora (LEAD) Project. He has also been closely involved in the development and governance of the extractive sector in Tanzania including participating as a researcher in the sector assessment/benchmarking study focusing on the National Oil Company.

Prof. Melyoki has hands-on experience capacity building interventions having previously implemented donor focusing on institutional strengthening initiatives/reforms for the legal sector and broad private sector development efforts. He has implemented, capacity development initiatives including developing and adopting training materials, delivering trainings to various audiences: grass root levels, large corporate organizations and government. Prof. Melyoki’s experiences in advisory work span the Public, Private and civil society domains; e.g. he had been a Team Leader in a number of assignments including the study on Africa Local Council Oversight and Social Accountability (ALCOSA) phase II; development of the first strategic plan for the Law School of Tanzania. He has participated in the process of updating the Country Report for the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) on Tanzania focusing on the chapter on corporate governance.

Professional Details:

Academic Rank

  • Since 2022: Associate Professor, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Since 2019: Senior Lecturer, University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Since 2005: Lecturer, University of Dar es Salaam
  • Since 1999: Assistant Lecturer, University of Dar es Salaam

Non-academic Roles:

  • 2016-2019: Operations Research Advisor, Urban Institute, USA
  • 2013-2015: Coordinator, University of Dar es Salaam Entrepreneurship Centre, Tanzania
  • 2010-2014: Technical Advisor, (Finance), Legal Sector Reform Program, Ministry of Constitutional and Legal Affairs, Tanzania
  • 2006-2010: Associate/Deputy Director Investments and Resource Mobilization, University of Dar es Salaam
  • 2004 -2006:  Planning Coordinator, University of Dar es Salaam Business School (then FCM)

Specialised areas of teaching:

  • Accounting
  • Corporate governance  & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR)
  • Leadership & Entrepreneurship

Research interests:

  • Corporate governance  & CSR
  • Leadership & Entrepreneurship

Recent projects:

  • Since 2020 - Public Sector Systems (PS3) Project
  • 2016-2018: Strengthening Rural Youth Development through Enterprise (STRYDE)


Recent publications:


  1. Melyoki, L. L & Punnett, B. J. (2022).  Africa Through Times: Recent successes and lessons for emerging markets. In Rana, S. & Shrivastava, A. K. (Eds.), 'Doing-Business-in-Emerging-Markets-Progress-and-Promises ', Routledge, Taylor & Francis (in press);


  1. Punnett, B. J., Galperin, B.,  Liturchy, T.  Melyoki, L.L,  Taleb, A., Senaji, T. (2022). Some Best Practices for Global Academic Virtual Teams, in   Vasyl Taras (Eds). The X-Culture Handbook of Global Virtual Collaboration


  1. Melyoki, L. L & Punnet, B. J. (2021). Essentials of General Management in Africa. Taylor and Francis, Group, New York, NY 10017: USA;


  1. Merezia Wilson, M., Rutashobya, L. K., Gaddefors, J., Melyoki, L.L., and Otto, O. (2021). The role of spatial context on women engagement in rural entrepreneurship in Tanzania, Business Management Review, vol. 23 (2), pp. 48-70



  1. Melyoki, L. L (2021). Promoting youth employment through enterprise development: lessons from the STRYDE intervention, Business Management Review, Vol. 24 (1) pp.18-36


  1. Melyoki, L. L. & Kessy, F. L. (2020). Why Companies Fail to Earn the Social license to operate: insights from extractive sector in Tanzania, Journal of Rural and Community Development, 15(2), 29–54).


  1. Melyoki, L.L and Gielnik, M. M. (2020).  How an action-oriented entrepreneurship training program transforms university students into entrepreneurs: insights from a qualitative study, Journal of Entrepreneurship & Small Business;


  1. Chiwona-Karltun, L., Amuakwa-Mensah, F., Wamala-Larsson, C. , Amuakwa-Mensah, S., Abouhatab, A., Made, N., Taremwa, N. K. , Melyoki, L.L., Rutashobya, L., Madonsela, T. , and Bizoza, A. R. (2020). COVID-19 double-edged sword - from health crises to food security anxiety and policy implications, Ambio,


  1. Afriye, N., and Melyoki, L. L and Nchimbi, M. (2020). Employee self-efficacy and organizational resources on intrapreneurial behaviour in Ghana, Athens Journal of Business & Economics, Volume 6, Issue 4, pp. 349-376;


  1. Liturchy, T. R., Punnett, B. J., Galperin, B. L., Melyoki, L. L. et al (2020). Development and Validation of the Leadership Effectiveness in Africa and the Diaspora (LEAD) Scale, International Journal of Cross Cultural Management., Vol. 20(3) 361–384 DOI: 10.1177/1470595820973438


  1. Melyoki, L. L., Gielnik, M. M and, Lex Maike (2018). Student Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion  (STEP) in Tanzania: impact on students' entrepreneurial mindset and behavior, Business Management Review 21 (2), pp.43-52; file:///Users/melyoki/Downloads/2289-7065-1-PB%20(1).pdf


  1. Melyoki, L. L (2017). Governance of the Petroleum Sector in Tanzania and the role of the National Oil Company. Journal of Extractive Industry and Society, 4 (2017) 180–190,


  1. Melyoki, L. L. (2020). Corporate Social Responsibility practices in the Extractive sector in Tanzania: is it a transition from a voluntary to legislative approach?  In Marquand, J. (Ed.), Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility, Francis Taylor, USA:


  1. Senaji,T. A., Knight, N. S., Melyoki, L. L., Galperin, B. L. Lituchy, T. R. & Punnett, B. J (2020). Am I included?  Lessons from leadership research in Africa and the African diaspora. In Marquand, J. (Ed.), Inclusive Leadership, Francis & Taylor, USA.  


  1. Punnett, B. J., Galperin, B., Liturchy, T., Melyoki, L. L., Michaud, J., and Mukanzi, C. (2019).  Cultural Values and Management in African Countries, in Sims, C and Hall, B (Eds.), Culture of the World, Past, Present and Future, Nova Science Publishers, Inc.


  1. Lituchy, T.R., Galperin, B.L., Melyoki, L.L., Senaji, T., & Punnett BJ. (2019). "African Women in Leadership: Lessons from the LEAD Research Project"  in Ba┼čak Uçanok Tan (Ed) Macro and Micro-Level Issues Surrounding Women in the Workforce: Emerging Research and Opportunities, DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9163-4


  1. Melyoki, L. L., Mukanzi, C. M, Lituchy, T. R., Punnett, B. J, Galperin, B. L, Senaji, T. A, Metwaly, E. K, Henderson, C.A., Bagire, V., Bulley, C.A., Osei-Bonsu, N. (2018). Engaged Leadership: Lessons from LEAD countries, in Engaged Leadership: Transforming through Future Oriented Design Thinking.


  1. Mukanzi, C. M, Lituchy, T. R., Punnett, B. J, Galperin, B. L, Senaji, T. A, Metwaly, E. K, Melyoki, L. L., Henderson, C.A., Bagire, V., Bulley, C.A., Osei-Bonsu, N. (2017). Leadership Diversity in Africa and the African Diaspora, in Leading Diversity in the 21st Century Information Age Publishing,


  1. Galperin, B. L. and Melyoki, L. L (2018).  Tanzania as an Emerging Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Opportunities and challenges. Dana, L., Ratten, V. & Honyenuga, B. Q. (Eds). African Entrepreneurship: Challenges and Opportunities for Doing Business, Palgrave Macmillan, Switzerland;


  1. Galperin, B. L., Melyoki, L. L. Senaji, T.A, Mukanzi, C. Mclaud, J.  (2017). Attributes of Leadership Effectiveness in East Africa, Academy of International Business (AIB) Insights, Vol.17, Issue 1


  1. Melyoki, L. L & Galperin B. L (2016). Leadership in Tanzania, In Lituchy, T. R., Punnett B. J. Puplampu, B. B and B. L Galperin (Eds.) Leadership Effectiveness in African and Diaspora


  1. Melyoki, L. L. (2013). Corporate Governance practices, In Lituchy, T. R., Punnett B. J. Puplampu, B. B (Eds.) Management in Africa: Macro and Micro Perspectives, Routledge, 711 Third Avenue, New York, NY 10017.

Membership and Registration:


  • Academy of Management (AoM) - member
  • National Board of Accountants and Auditors - CPA

Institute of Directors (IoD) - member

Important Contribution:


  • PhD Scholarship FAME: 2002-2005
  • MBA Scholarship FAME: 1997-199
  •  Best Student Award (Accounting) 1997