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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.