Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan, The Gambia
Movement Coordinator

Muhammed Lamin is a Gambian Human Rights Activist and is the coordinator of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity. He was instrumental in organising widespread protests in 2017 leading to Gambian dictator Yahya Jammeh's down. Muhammed Lamin was been named to lead the emerging pan-African movement, Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity. Muhammed Lamin has a track record in youth capacity development. He is someone with Pan-African vision, experience and energy to steward a youth lead movement. Saidykhan was involved in numerous campaigns and is no stranger to mobilizing people in the streets and online especially during the #GambiaHasDecided popular mobilization. He also served as Co-Chair of ActionAid International’s Youth Working Group and as a lead Coordinator of the youth-led Activista initiative.

@saidykhan08

Coumba Toure, Senegal & Mali
Movement Coordinator

Born and raised between Mali and Senegal, Coumba Toure is a writer and storyteller. She publishes children stories and organizes art events targeting children’s minds through Falia. She also designs popular education programs with a focus to impact women and children. Coumba is a board member of TrustAfrica and the co-coordinator of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity. She has extensive experience in facilitating meetings internationally, engaging young people, designing, implementing, and evaluating training programs to promote human rights especially those of women. Coumba had promoted social entrepreneurship through her work with Ashoka for the past 10 years. She has worked with organizations such as the Institute for Popular Education in Mali, the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement in Selma Alabama, and the Youth for Environmental Sanity in Santa Cruz California. She is a member of the African Feminist Forum and the Per Ankh collective. Coumba has served on the board of Urgent Action Fund for Women in Africa. She is also as an advisor to the Global Fund for Women and to International Development Exchange. Coumba is a loving mother, a sister, and a daughter to many. She is currently preparing to publish Muuso; her new illustration book for children.
 @Kuumbati

Core Team

Maurice Samba | Dakar
Assistant to the Coordinators

@MauPdg

Moses Isooba | Nairobi
Head of Operations

@IsoobaMoses

Farida Nabourema | Lomé
Collaboration & Engagement Coordinator

@Farida_N

Ousman Sarr | Banjul
Finances & Admin Coordinator

Coordinating Collective (CC)

Co-Chair: Marcia Thomas, USA

Marcia has a broad expertise on African development thanks to her work with organisations such as the U.S for Africa and Oxfam America. She has been associated with Hands Across America and the 1984 Olympic Games. Marcia served as a consultant on the Jubilee 2000 Debt Relief by providing networking leads to the campaign’s UK office.
 @MaricaThomas2

Co-Chair: Catherine Rodgers

Catherine is a passionate African feminist who works with young people across the continent to support their leadership in creating just, equitable and sustainable societies. As the Hub Director for Restless Development Uganda, she leads on Board management, strategic planning, fundraising and finance, legal and risk management as well as overseeing the Advocacy and Programmes. Previously, Catherine worked for ActionAid International as the Youth Engagement Advisor, supporting 50 countries across Africa, Asia, Americas and Europe. Catherine gave a strategic advisory to ActionAid International’s youth campaigning network, Activista, supporting countries to build their national youth networks and to support on programming and policy.
 @MaricaThomas2

Abigail Stevens, Sierra Leone

Abigail is a young and fierce female activist. She is a mobilizer, campaigner, mentor and advocate. She is a social worker who went to Njala University and studied Environmental & Development Studies. As a recent graduate, she invested her time to do volunteer work at the Centre for Coordination of Youth Activities (CCYA). Abigail then gained a 10-year professional experience as a Programme Support Staff and later as Gender Officer with the CCYA. She served as a Project & Programme Officer for various initiatives relating to livelihood security, human rights and sexual reproductive health issues. Most recently, she was promoted as the Executive Director of CCYA. Abigail believes in partnership and strong collaborations in achieving common goals.

Charles Kojo VanDyck, Ghana

Charles spent his formative years living in Botswana, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Ghana. These experiences have shaped his resolve to promote a more positive narrative on the continent. Charles has expertise in strengthening civic action, enabling social innovation, civic engagement and human rights. He is the Capacity Building Advisor of the West Africa-based Program of the Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF). He is the Founding Board Chair of Innovation for Change-Hub Afrique and a founding member of the International Consortium on Closing Civic Space (iCon); an initiative of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington DC. Charles currently serves as the Head of the Capacity Development Unit at the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI).
@KojoAbroba

Cidia Chissungu, Mozambique

Cidia was one of the earliest leaders of Activista Mozambique; thanks to her diligent work, Cidia mobilised activists in Maputo, Marracuene, Manhiça and other provinces, making Activista the largest youth advocacy network in Mozambique. Cídia launched the Black Civilization in August 2018; a movement pledging to promote solidarity among African people through concrete actions. She is a motivational speaks and runs professional development workshops for young university students.
 @Cidiachissungo

David Shamala, Kenya

David is a veteran of creating and managing digital content to build relationships for organizations and individuals. He focuses his work and efforts to fight for causes relating to gender-based violence, environmental sustainability, agriculture and entrepreneurship. David serves as the Chief Content Officer of Africa Youths Committee. David is an unreservedly passionate influencer and motivational speaker. He is also an undergraduate student pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenya.
@david_shamala

Domani Dore, Guinea

Domani is a philosopher by training, a former Sports Minister and a Municipal Counselor since February 2018. In 2016, she founded and has been directing La Guinée Audacieuse; an organization that aims to rejuvenate, feminize and qualify Guinean political staff. She is a member of the Global Network of Women Leaders in Politics and the Guinea Ambassador of the Global Program #LeadLikeAGirl (Girl2leader). Domani's work has been celebrated by several national awards; she ranked 16th among the 50 Most Influential Figures in West Africa by the Influential Magazine in Senegal. Over the past ten years, she has acquired in-depth know-how in the communication and development of projects for youth and women.
@domani_dore

Duduzile Nyirongo, Zimbabwe

Dudu is the Co-founder and trustee of CitizensZW; a civic organization which promotes civic participation. She advocates for the Citizens Manifesto; a team that works to build a non-partisan national convergence platform for Zimbabwean citizens. Dudu is a chartered accountant, she worked with Ernst & Young and amassed numerous entrepreneurship awards. Dudu is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at the Africa Leadership University School of Business.
 @dudumo

Opal Tometi, Nigeria & USA

Opal is a New York-based Nigerian-American writer, strategist and community organizer. She is the Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter. She is credited with initiating the social media strategy during the project’s early days leading to the campaign into a network of approximately 40 chapters. In 2016, in recognition of their contribution, Opal Tometi and the #BlackLivesMatter co-founders received an honorary doctorate degree and BET’s Black Girls Rock Community Change Agent Award. Opal is currently at the helm of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI); a national organization that educates and advocates to further immigrant rights and racial justice together with African-American, Afro-Latino, African and Caribbean immigrant communities.
 @opalayo

Rhoda Boateng, Ghana

Rhoda is the Program Coordinator at ITUC-Africa; she has a tremendous work record in the political sphere and is highly skilled in strategic planning, administration and public policy research. Rhoda is a social service professional with a master’s degree in Labor Policies & Globalization from The Berlin School of Economics and Law.
 @rho_darling

Rokhaya Dieye, Senegal

Rokhaya is a manager by training and has extensive expertise in the organisational management. After seven years of experience in the field of marketing and communication mainly in real estate companies in Senegal, she decided to have a career change and joined LEAD Francophone Africa to contribute to the emergence of a new generation of young Africans Leaders working for sustainable development. She was then recruited as the LEAD Francophone Africa Learning Program Leader. Rokhaya is strongly interested in CSR initiatives and how to institutionalize them in Africa to the benefit of local communities. She is currently a Consultant in Leadership and Management. Since July 2015, Rokhaya has been chairing LEAD Senegal, a youth leader’s national association composed LEAD Alumni living in Senegal.
@Roxayad1

Sodfa Daaji, Tunisia/Italy

Sodfa is a women's rights activist based in Italy. She is a public speaker in Europe and Africa and her work focuses on migration, human trafficking, freedom of expression and religion. She is currently the Hubs Coordinator at Afrika Youth Movement, and she collaborates with the European Network of Migrant Women. Sodfa is also serving as a consultant on gender equality for the Youth Department of Council of Europe.
 @sodfadaaji

Sophie Kanza, South Africa & DR Congo

Sophie is the co-founder of the Sophie A Kanza Foundation, a home-grown NGO that has vowed to raise awareness to break stereotypes about Afrophobia and improve the collection and distribution of food, clothes and toiletries across South African communities. Sophie is passionate about inter-continental collaborations and projects, as she strives to influence malicious Institutionalzied Afrophobia policies. Sophie is planning to take her film Singabantu (We are human) on a continental tour and will open a youth hub in her hometown, Kinshasa as to inspire young people to create similar movements. In 2018, she was named the Alliance of Peacebuilding Scholar, One Young World Peace Ambassador and Brand South Africa Play Your Part Ambassador.

Ambassadors

Jay Naidoo, South Africa

Jay is the Chairperson of the Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN). In 2007, he set up the J&J Development Trust and has since dedicated his time to social activism on a global scale. He serves in an advisory capacity on the Broadband Commission of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), UNESCO, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and the African Development Bank.
 @Jay_Naidoo

Nunu Kidane, Ethiopia & USA

Nunu is the Director of Priority Africa Network and Editor at Africa Moves; a Pan African Migration Platform which hosts regular consultations on migration policy in Africa and the diaspora. She is the Founder of the Pan-African Network in Defense of Migrants’ Rights (PANiDMR) and the Black Immigration Network (BIN). In 2012, Nunu received the White House award for "Champion of Change" in recognition of her work with African diaspora communities.
 @nunukidane

Aja Fatoumata C.M. Jallow-Tambajang, The Gambia

Ms.Tambajang is a politician and activist, she served as Vice-President of the Gambia and Minister of Women's Affairs. She served as the Chair of the Gambia National Women's Council and an Advisor to Dawda Jawara, the first President of the Gambia after independence. Ms.Tambajang held the post of Secretary of State for Health and Social Welfare from 1994 to 1995. She was recently awarded the Women and Girls Rights Champion by All Media Network.

Boniface Mwangi, Kenya

Boniface is a renowned photographer-cum-activist. After witnessing the brutality the wake of the Post- Election Violence in 2008, he founded PichaMtaani, a photography exhibition showcasing images of the violence in hopes to offer a platform for healing and honest dialogue. In 2012 Boniface founded PAWA254, a hub for creatives in Kenya. He is a senior TED Fellow, he was named the "CNN Multichoice Africa Photojournalist of the Year" in 2014 and the Time Magazine "Next Generation Leader" in 2015. Boniface is the author of Unbounded; a riveting memoir that captures his incredible journey.
 @bonifacemwangi

Interim Working Group (IWG) | 2016 - 2018

Founding Chair: Kumi Naidoo, South Africa

Kumi is the former Executive Director for Greenpeace International, a founding ambassador of the Campaign for a Just Energy Future, and a patron of Future SA. He has served as Secretary General of CIVICUS, President of the Global Call for Climate Action and Board member for 350.org. He is also an advisor to Transparency International and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. Kumi is currently the Secretary General of Amnesty International. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., he is setting up a new Institute for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment.
 @KumiNaidoo

Co-Chair: Ezra Mbogoria, Kenya

Ezra is the Principal at MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation. He was the Executive Director of MWENGO; a development centre for NGOs in eastern and southern Africa. Ezra was also the Executive Director of Akiba Uhaki Foundation and the UNDUGU Society; a Nairobi-based urban poverty-focused organisation. Ezra has previously served on the board of the Kenya NGO Council, Resource Alliance, Oxfam and CIVICUS.
 @limirimbogori

Co-Chair: Marcia Thomas, USA

Marcia has broad expertise in African development thanks to her work with organisations such as the U.S for Africa and Oxfam America. She has been associated with Hands Across America and the 1984 Olympic Games. Marcia served as a consultant on the Jubilee 2000 Debt Relief by providing networking leads to the campaign’s UK office.
 @MaricaThomas2

Cidia Chissungu, Mozambique

Cidia was one of the earliest leaders of Activista Mozambique; thanks to her diligent work, Cidia mobilised activists in Maputo, Marracuene, Manhiça and other provinces, making Activista the largest youth advocacy network in Mozambique. Cídia launched the Black Civilization in August 2018; a movement pledging to promote solidarity among African people through concrete actions. She is a motivational speaks and runs professional development workshops for young university students.

Dr. Francis Kuria Kagema, Kenya

Dr. Kuria is the Secretary-General of the African Council of Religious Leaders and the Executive Director of Inter-Religious Council of Kenya (IRCK). He previously served as the head of the IRCK-RfP secretariat and worked as the National Coordinator for the Small Business Network. He also worked as a Financial Analyst at the Nairobi Stock Exchange, and as a volunteer with St. John Ambulance Brigade. Dr. Kuria holds a degree in veterinary medicine and surgery and is a father of four.

Duduzile Nyirongo, Zimbabwe

Dudu is the Co-founder and trustee of CitizensZW; a civic organization which promotes civic participation. She advocates for the Citizens Manifesto; a team that works to build a non-partisan national convergence platform for Zimbabwean citizens. Dudu is a chartered accountant, she worked with Ernst & Young and amassed numerous entrepreneurship awards. Dudu is currently pursuing a Masters in Business Administration at the Africa Leadership University School of Business.
 @dudumo

Emira Woods, USA & Liberia

Emira Woods specialises in social impact through innovation. She led ThoughtWorks’ efforts to bring robust tech solutions to the Ebola crisis in West Africa. She is a member of the National Summit of Africa and serves on the advisory board on UCLA’s James S. Coleman African Studies Center. She is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Trustee of the Wallace Global Fund, a board member and ActionAid International.
 @emirawoods

Ibrahim Ceesay, The Gambia

Ibrahim is a social justice activist, UNESCO Youth Ambassador and an independent filmmaker. He serves as the Executive Coordinator of the African Youth Initiative on Climate Change (AYICC); the biggest youth climate movement in Africa with 42 country chapters. He is also a chairperson of the African Youth Panel Advisory to the Danish African Commission.
 @IbraCee

Messie Komlan, Togo

Messie is the General Secretary of the West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF). He is an expert in strategy, management and business transformation. He is the Co-founder of Réseau des Entrepreneurs et Professionnels Africains; a young chamber of commerce of African business professionals. He served as Vice-President of the Project Management Institute and continue to be passionate about creating a dynamic civil society through entrepreneurship and innovation.

Mithika Mwenda, Kenya

Mithika is the Co-founder and current Executive Director of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA). He has worked extensively in climate change policy advocacy and served as the Climate Change Officer with the All Africa Conference of Churches and the Climate Network Africa. He honed his leadership skills at Moi University where he was the Vice-Chairman of the Student Union.
 @mithika_mwenda

Ngunga Tepani, Tanzania

Ngunga is a development practitioner & open government researcher. He is the Executive Director of the Tanzania Association of Non-Governmental Organisations (TANGO). He has worked as a researcher, reporter and translator. He holds a master’s degree of Community Economic Development from Open University of Tanzania.
 @Hembeti

Patricia Lokwa Servant, DRC

Patricia is a radio host of "CongoLive!"; she is currently majoring in Elementary School Education with a focus on Special Education. She is a member of the United Partners of Hope (UPH) which supports first-generation African immigrants in their transition into the American education system. In 2015, she founded by Congo Love; a movement that supports Congolese activists working on the ground. Patricia is a Development Consultant with the Friends of the Congo, she organises Congo Week in Harlem, Congo Love Soccer Tournament in Kinshasa and played a key role in launching "KONGO: Power & Majesty" at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Rhoda Boateng, Ghana

Rhoda is the Program Coordinator at ITUC-Africa; she has a tremendous work record in the political sphere and is highly skilled in strategic planning, administration and public policy research. Rhoda is a social service professional with a master’s degree in Labor Policies & Globalization from The Berlin School of Economics and Law.
 @rho_darling

Sodfa Daaji, Tunisia/Italy

Sodfa is a women's rights activist based in Italy. She is a public speaker in Europe and Africa and her work focuses on migration, human trafficking, freedom of expression and religion. She is currently the Hubs Coordinator at Afrika Youth Movement, and she collaborates with the European Network of Migrant Women. Sodfa is also serving as a consultant on gender equality for the Youth Department of Council of Europe.
 @sodfadaaji

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