INTERIM WORKING GROUP (IWG)
Founding Chair: Kumi Naidoo, South Africa
Kumi is the former Executive Director for Greenpeace International, a founding ambassador to the Campaign for a Just Energy Future, and a patron of Future SA which both advocate for 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.
Co-Chair: Ezra Mbogoria, Kenya
Ezra Mbogori is the Principal at MS TCDC in Arusha, Tanzania. He was the founding Executive Director of MWENGO_ a reflection and development centre for NGOs in eastern and southern Africa, based in Zimbabwe. Ezra was the Executive Director of Akiba Uhaki Foundation, and headed up the UNDUGU Society, a Nairobi-based urban poverty focused organization. Ezra has previously served on the leadership and advisory of numerous organizations namely, the Kenya NGO Council, the Resource Alliance; the Montreal International Forum; the Charities Aid Foundation of South Africa; CIVICUS and PLAN International.
Co-Chair: Marcia Thomas, USA
Marcia Thomas has been an Executive Director, Manager consultant and organizer for efforts located both in the East and the West coast of the United States. She has worked for organizations such as the U.S for Africa and Oxfam America which is where most of her international and Africa related experience developed. She has been associated with a couple of projects such as Hands across America and 1984 Olympic Games. Ms. Thomas has served as consultant on the jubilee 2000 debt relief. She provided networking for the campaign’s UK office. She has served on a number of board and Advisory committees in Africa focused on women and youth organizations. Ms Thomas was a founding board member of National Summit of Africa (African society) and is presently on UCLA’s James S. Coleman African studies advisory board.
Emira Woods, USA & Liberia
Emira Woods is a consultant, strategist, researcher, and advocate specializing in social impact and innovation. She is an Associate Fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS), Trustee of the Wallace Global Fund, a board member of Actionaid International and the Director of Social Impact at ThoughtWorks. Her work forged strategic relationships linking social movements to innovative with technology. Originally from Liberia, Emira led ThoughtWorks’ efforts to bring more robust tech solutions to the Ebola crisis.
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.
Aya Chebbi, Tunisia
Aya Chebbi is an award winning pan-African feminist and a renowned blogger; her blogs were published at international platforms such as Al-Jazeera, OpenDemocracy and Foresight-Africa. Amid her prominent online presence, Aya is the co-founder of the feminist collective, Voice of Women Initiative, and Founding Chair of the African Youth Movement, one of Africa’s largest movements fighting for peace and social justice.
Mithika Mwenda, Kenya
Mithika Mwenda is the co-founder and current Executive Director the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA). He has extensively worked 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 has volunteered in numerous human rights organizations in Kenya and he honed his leadership skills at Moi University where he was the Vice-Chairman of the Student Union.
Ibrahim Ceesay, The Gambia
Ibrahim Ceesay is a social justice activist, UNESCO Youth Ambassador, and an independent filmmaker. He holds leadership positions with several youth-led regional and international organisations. Ibrahim 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.
Rhoda Boateng, Ghana
Rhoda Boateng 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 services professional with a master’s degree in Labor Policies & Globalization from The Berlin School of Economics and Law.
Ngunga Tepani, Tanzania
Ngunga Tepani is a Tanzanian development practitioner & open government researcher . He is the Excetive Director of Tanzania Association of Non Governmental Organisations (TANGO). He has previously worked as a researcher, reporter and a translator. He holds a master’s degree of Community Economic Development from Open University of Tanzania.
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 dedicates himself full-time today to voluntary work and social activism on a global scale. He serves in an advisory capacity for a number of international organizations including the Broadband Commission of the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) and United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Lead Committee of the UNSG on Nutrition. He also serves on the Board of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Chairperson and also the Development Bank.
Nunu Kidane, Ethopia & USA
Nunu Kidane is the Director of Priority Africa Network and editor of Africa Moves: a Pan African Migration Platform which hosts regular consultations on migration policy around Africa and the diaspora. She is founder and current steering committee member of the Pan African Network in Defense of Migrans’ Rights (PANiDMR) and the Black Immigration Network (BIN). In 2012, Nunu received award from the White House as "Champion of Change" for work with African diaspora communities.