Amb. Ami Mpungwe (Retired) became the first Tanzanian High Commissioner to South Africa after the Late Nelson Mandela was declared the first president of the country. He served at that capacity for a period of 7 years since 1994

He has been a Diplomat for 25 years having also represented Tanzania as a High Commissioner in Botswana, Lesotho, and Namibia. Before being sent abroad he worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Advisor to the President on Africa and the Middle East.

Ambassador Mpungwe (Retired) opted for an early retirement from Public Office and engaged himself in Farming and Business. He is currently the Chairman of Tanzania Chamber of Minerals and Energy and was also Board Chairman of TanzaniteOne, a gemstone extractive company. He sits in the boards of FastJet; tiGO; MultiChoice Tanzania; Illovo Sugar; National Bank of Commerce; Tanzania Breweries; NIKO Insurance; Kilombero Sugar. Amb. Mpungwe holds a BA (Hons) Degree in International Relations and Political Science and a Diploma in International Law.