- Wangui wa GoroCo-chairWangui wa GoroCo-chair
Professor Wangui wa Goro has enjoyed a multidisciplinary life spent over forty years as a public intellectual. She is a widely acclaimed translator, writer, poet, academic, cultural curator, editor with a great passion for languages, literature and activist for intersectional freedom primarily in relation to African people, but globally. She spent many years engaged in the struggles for freedom, human rights, justice and equality including supporting the Anti-Apartheid Movement, Women’s and workers ‘movements world-wide.
Wangui believes in the power of culture and communication in mobilizing thought and change. She is best known for her scholarship as a translation theorist, critic, practitioner and promoter, including its practical applications. She has spent a large part of her adult life promoting and nurturing literature/translation as an academic, through translation, teaching, criticism, curation, research and service in different parts of the world.
She runs the international intercultural dialogues Africa in Translation (AiT) through SIDENSI. She has served in many academic, literary organizations, journals, magazines, and prizes and supported publishing houses as a reader/critic and on many academic boards and literary committees. For instance, she has served as the Co-Convenor of the Women’s Caucus of the African Studies Association and the Deputy President of the African Literature Association.
She has been recognized for her contribution to literature, including with an Honorary Professorship of Practice in Translation at School of Oriental and Agfrican Studies(SOAS) and with a Visiting Professorship at Kings College London. She considers herself an ambassador and advocate for human, social, political and cultural rights and enjoys working with young people. Her friends consider her the quintessential transnational global Pan African, feminist Afropolitan, which though she finds hilarious, she relishes.
Her recent work has appeared in the highly acclaimed New Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby, and she is well known for her translations of Ngugi’s wa Thiong’o’s earlier work and Veronique Tadjo’s work, As the Crow Flies among other translations through which she broke new ground for, in and across African literatures. She also translates works from French and Italian. Her own fiction work “Heaven and Earth” in A day and a Half and other stories (McMillan) edited by Ayebia Clarke was taught on the Kenyan curriculum for several years, and her story “Deep Sea Fishing” edited by Ama Ata Aidoo (Ayebia) appeared in the award winning African Love Stories.
Wangui has worked in local government, in the education sector, as an academic and more recently within the African Development context as an Editor for the African Development Bank.
- Deji AdeyanjuCo-chairDeji AdeyanjuCo-chair
Comrade Deji Adeyanju is one of the leading human rights defenders in Nigeria. Ex student unionist, activist extraordinary who has been jailed severally by the government in Nigeria and also attacked by government sponsored thugs. He is the Convener of CONCERNED NIGERIANS- a civil rights movement group in Nigeria and also the Chair of Centre for Liberty organization in Nigeria. He has friends and a wide range of network among activists and influencers on the continent.
- Nalucha Bernadette NgangaTreasurerNalucha Bernadette NgangaTreasurer
I am a Zambian female national with over ten years’ experience in the development sector working across a broad range of disciplines with a strong focus and bias towards gender, women’s rights, youth and governance. My experience in international development over the years has inspired me to apply for this role as it resonates with my professional and personal passion for advancing a progressive African continent.
In terms of leadership attributes, I bring visionary and strategic leadership as I have particular experience in serving on various Boards as a Board member. I have built practical experience over the years in terms of strategic oversight management, Fundraising, organization management, strategy development and implementation among others
My motivation to join the Board of Africans Rising is due to the focus and nature of work that African raising undertakes as it is a pan African in line with building a progressive African agenda. Therefore, the opportunity to serve on the Board is in line with my passion of serving the African continent in driving a progressive African agenda and narrative around Africa whilst addressing the challenges that the continent faces.
Being a Board member of African Rising will enable me to contribute my experience and expertise to the work of the movement. I have experience in Board governance and leadership having served on Boards for several organizations in Africa. The opportunity also provides me an avenue for sharing my vast experience in undertaking participatory and democratic governance work as well as human rights.
In terms of values and principals African raising resonates with my own personal values of integrity, transparency and accountability as key ethical behavior. Therefore, my professional experience will enable me to contribute positively to the growth and agenda of African rising as I possess strong skills in facilitation and negotiation which are key in Board management among others.
- Catherine RodgersCatherine 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.
- Charles Kojo VanDyckCharles Kojo VanDyck
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 ChissunguCidia ChissunguCidia 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.
- Milouda BouichouMilouda Bouichou
Milouda Bouichou is an advocate of Cyber Peace and Media and information Literacy and currently pursuing a doctorate in Artificial Intelligence Safety.
Based in Morocco, she holds a masters degree in Statistics and Applied Economics. Soon after graduation, she engaged as a consultant in Data science. She volunteered with Rethinking Economy and Ecnmy.org by offering her expertise in the field of data science for these movements.
In 2018, she won the first UNESCO global MIL hackathon which allowed her to start an organization in the field of MIL, cyber human right and cyber peace. In 2019, she became a laureate of the 11th UNESCO youth Forum. Since 2020, she has been serving as the GAPMIL regional coordinator of the GAPMIL youth subcommittee.
- Mutemi wa KiamaMutemi wa Kiama
Mutemi wa Kiama is a Public Intellectual, Community Organizer, Strategic Planning & Org. Development Facilitator, Movements' Coach & Trainer. he is a a Dreamer & thinker, change maker, disruptive force, challenger of convention, fearless influencer of society, human rights defender, mentor, community organizer & movement builder. He is an Excellent Strategic Communicator in the governance, human rights and social accountability advocacy sector. He consults for Civil Society, activists and movements, often facilitating them to achieve their advocacy goals through strategic communication and campaigns.
He is a pioneer of the use of social media for advocacy in Kenya. Since 2013, Mutemi has pioneered the use of social media, disrupted and transformed advocacy & social media engagement in Kenya by amplifying ordinary citizen voices & do-gooders, CBOs & grassroots movements, civil society organizations and their activities, thereby catalysing a movement of Kenyans ready to take action in order to achieve a just, equitable and prosperous society for all Kenyans.
- Nashwa Salah El SakkaNashwa Salah El Sakka
Work is service, community and party Of special needs, mobility impairment Interest in service and community work, development of women and girls, human rights and people with special needs. It is prepared in several programs on many Egyptian and Arab satellite channels. She is a journalist in many newspapers and news agencies And a founding member of many charitable and service societies in Menoufia.
Free studies in media,
Human development and life coach.
Assistant Secretary of the Women's Secretariat in the Watan Future Party, on behalf of the Munuf municipality, in Menoufia Governorate.
Responsible for the Menoufia file in the Taqa Noor Zoe Special Needs Initiative
Media official in the national campaign to support the president's political
Member of the Workers Union for People of Determination in Menoufia
Egypt's ambassador to the International Mira
Member of Al-Bayan International Newspaper and Egypt's peace ambassador for the same newspaper
The Manoufia file is responsible for people with special needs in the Good Ethics Initiative and the peace ambassador in Arab civil society associations and institutions
Responsible for the file of women, childhood and people of determination in many Arab organizations for peace
Responsible for people of determination file in Al-Khobar channel
A volunteer member of many international organizations: United Nations Organization; UNICEF; FAO World Health Organization; Human Rights Organization in Egypt for the People of Determination file
Psychological and special education courses in autism and many disabilities
Diploma with a certificate accredited by the Cambridge University for Strategic Planning and Human Development
A strategic planning and crisis management skills course
A human development course that includes communication skills, time management and the art of decision-making
A course in life skills and the art of leadership from youth and sports
Youth course builds Egypt under the patronage of His Excellency the Minister of Youth and Sports
Business Entrepreneurship Diploma Course
HR HR Diploma from EgyChamp in Business Administration and Human Resources
A WHO course in combating endemic and epidemic diseases, including Covid-19
Member of the National Youth Council
Member of the National Union of Youth Leaderships
A course on political, international and diplomatic analysis skills
Holding seminars, courses and conferences for political education and encouraging political participation
Swimming and diving training courses
- Rokhaya DieyeRokhaya Dieye
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.
- Tandungang Laura NjijuTandungang Laura Njiju
Tandungang is a graduate from the university of Buea (in Biochemistry) .She has occupied many positions in many national and international N.G.Os, and also works with Plan International. She is a very hard working community leader.