Burton Mwamila is a Tanzanian academic and engineering professional with a 1984 PhD degree in structural engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden. He was the founding Chairman of Tanzania's National Council for Technical Education from 1999-2007, and the founding Principal of the College of Engineering and Technology of the University of Dar es Salaam from 2005-2009. He also served as the Chairman ofTanzania Engineers Registration Board from 2000-06, and the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology from 2006-2013. Furthermore, he served as Member of the Governing Council of the African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions from 2000-09, Chairman of the Executive Board of the Pan-African Competitiveness Forum from 2008-2014, and the founding Vice Chancellor of the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) in Arusha from July 2009 to July 2016. He is currently the Chairman of the Tanzania Automotive Technology Centre since 2011, Vice President for Eastern Africa of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), and the UNESCO Chair in Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) and Leadership at NM-AIST.