Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija, Executive Director of the Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI), has just been elected president of the International Council of Tanners (ICT).

Prof.  Mwinyikione Mwinyihija

Born in 1926 in the United Kingdom to represent the interests of tanning companies in the purchase and sale of hides and skins, today ICT plays a broader and more institutional role as a spokesperson for the requests of the main associations of tanners in the world also in terms of research and sustainability and collaborates with international organisations such as Unido and FAO.

In the previous mandate of ICT, Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija joined the American president Lisa Howlett as vice president. His election to the presidency of the international body is certainly a sign of the desire to support the development of the African leather sector. The Africa Leather and Leather Products Institute (ALLPI) of which Mwinyikione Mwinyihija is executive director promotes educational and development projects in ten African countries, from Burundi to Zimbabwe.

It should also be recalled that in November 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, two very important international events in the leather sector will be held: the 5th World Leather Congress organised by ICT and the 36th IULTCS Congress (Leather Chemists). Of the latter, Prof. Mwinyikione Mwinyihija had already assumed the presidency of the organising committee as head of the host country.