The Nominations Committee is a special committee established to oversee the Election of Africans Rising's Coordinating Collective. The purpose of the Nominations Committee is to facilitate the nomination process. Members of this committee are Kilimanjaro Declaration signees and are active members of our movement. They cannot contest the election and signed and have no vested interest in the election process. The Nominations Committee is comprised of eight members made up of three 03 persons who convened the Validation Conference in Arusha where Africans Rising founding charter was developed and adopted; three other persons were drawn from the general membership, and two persons were drawn from the current Interim Working Group (IWG).
Kumi Naidoo, South Africa
After stepping down as Executive Director for Greenpeace International, Kumi has since been serving as the Founding Chair of Africans Rising for Justice Peace and Dignity. Kumi is a founding ambassador to the Campaign for a Just Energy Future and is a patron of Future SA which both advocate for accountability and an end to corruption in South Africa. He has served as Secretary General of CIVICUS;World Alliance for Citizen Participation, Board Chair of the Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAAP) and President of the Global Call for Climate Action (GCCA). Kumi now serves as Board member for 350.org, the Global Greengrants, and as an ambassador to the Southern African Faith Communities Environmental Institute. Kumi is also an advisor to Transparency International and the Environmental Grantmakers Association. Inspired by Martin Luther King Jr., he is currently involved in setting up a new Institute for the Advancement of Creative Maladjustment. Kumi has recently been appointed as the Secretary General of Amnesty International and will assume this new position in August of 2018.
Emira Woods, Liberia/USA
Emira Woods is a consultant, strategist, researcher, and advocate specializing in international development, social impact and innovation. Emira is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, a trustee of the Wallace Global Fund and a board member of Action Aid International. She serves on the Interim Working Group for Africans Rising, a network of Africa’s social movements working to build peace, seek justice and manifest our dignity. Emira worked 8 years as Africa Program Officer at Oxfam America, 4 Years as InterAction's Manager of Development Policy and Practice and most recently worked in the private sector as Director of Social Impact and Innovation at the technology firm ThoughtWorks.
Mireille N Tushiminina, DRC
Mireille N Tushiminina is currently the Executive Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa where she has focused extensively on monitoring and reporting on various gross human rights violations by security services and the ongoing Anglophone crisis. Prior to that, and for over 18 years, she held senior management level positions in international development, conflict prevention & resolution, peacebuilding, political reforms, women's peace and security, and gender & democratization. She has demonstrated expertise in negotiation, mediation, and program monitoring and evaluation at national, regional and international levels. Mireille is very accustomed to coordinating and facilitating advocacy workshops and national/international seminars on these issues. She is a Rockefeller Foundation Fellow, MLK award recipient, Archbishop Tutu Fellow and she was named the face of African Solidarity by the African Union. She is a certified Negotiator and African Women Mediator on the African Governance Architecture Technical Reference Group of Experts at the African Union. In the past decade, Mireille held various positions within the United Nations (UNOCA, based in Libreville, Gabon), African Union and the Shalupe Foundation.
Arthur Larok, Uganda
Arthur Larok is Federation Development Director with ActionAid International, a global federation of members and country programmes working in 46 countries to achieve social justice, gender equality and poverty eradication. Previously, he was the Country Director of ActionAid Uganda for 6 years, and co-chair of ActionAid International’s Working Group on Shrinking Civic and Political Space.
He is part of a Global Steering Group on the Civic Charter under the auspices of the international Civil Society Centre in Berlin, as well as the Transition Assistance Group convened by the Institute for Integrated Transitions (IFIT) based in Spain. Finally, he is a member of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace’ Civic Activism Network of academicians, practitioners and researchers from all over the world that constantly examine key trends in civil society.
Hilma Mote, Namibia
Hilma Mote is a Namibian woman, based in Lome Togo as the Founding Executive Director of the Africa Labour Research and Education Institute (ALREI) which is a research and education institute of the African Regional Organization of the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC-Africa). ITUC-Africa is a pan-African trade union organization working with 100 trade union affiliates, representing over 16 million workers across the continent. Hilma is a scholar and public intellectual, she has taught Sociology, Quantitative and Qualitative research methods at the University of Johannesburg as well as Employment and Labour Relations at the Namibian University of Science and Technology’s (NUST), Pupkewits Graduate School.
As a former and first female director of the Labour Resource and Research Institute in Namibia, Hilma has published widely on conditions of workers in Namibia. However, her most celebrated 2008 report was titled ‘Born in poverty and dying in poverty: the living and working conditions of Namibia’s domestic workers’. This work led to her appointment as a Wages Commissioner for the Ministry of Labour and Employment Creation. Hilma also serves as the Africa Labour Research Network steering committee member since 2007.
In January 2018, Hilma completed a one-year secondment with the World Bank’s Jobs Group in Washington DC where she was advancing the African labour perspective in the Bank’s work, particularly on informal economic activity. She worked on two papers ‘Extension of social security to informal workers (co-authored with World Bank staff) and also her independent paper on ‘Collective bargaining: rethinking wage setting mechanisms in the era of high informality’.
Hilma holds a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree from the University of Namibia, a Master’s Degree in Industrial Sociology from the University of Johannesburg. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the faculty of Humanities at the University of Leiden, Netherlands.
Houètèhou C. Franck Housna, Benin
Winner of the 2016 International Bari Bari Prize for outstanding advocacy for Albinism, Franck H. C. HOUNSA is a Bible expositor and a Christian Textbook translator. He has over 15 years of experience working with various organizations focusing on translation, interpretership, evangelism and discipleship. He’s the Founder and President of Divine Connexion Worldwide, Divine Connexion Worldwide, an NGO which, among others, is in frontline for the improvement of human rights for people With Albinism in Benin and beyond. He is currently serving as member of the UN International UN International Expert on Albinism’s taskforce and as Expert in the “Albinism taskforce” of Human Right Institute of the International Bar Association. Alumni of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (2015) in the Civic leadership track, Franck holds a BA in American Studies and is pursuing two Master’s degrees in theology.
He works passionately as a pastor in the Eglise Baptiste de Hèvié Dénou where he designs and implements elaborate church programms in collaboration with the local community. He is also the Assistant to the Director at the Pastoral Training Institute of Campus Crusade for Christ Benin and as an Independent Consultant in Bible Textbook Translation.