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Friday, 11 May 2018 14:22

Josephat Muuo Kilonzo

Josephat Muuo Kilonzo is a Junior Research Associate with Maendeleo Group. He is an international human rights lawyer with a keen interest in public interest litigation, constitutionalism, rule of law, democratization and African regional integration. He has worked with among others Muma & Kanjama Advocates, Kenya, the Lucerne Academy for Human Rights Implementation, Switzerland, National Legal Aid & Awareness Program, Kenya and the Dullar Omar Institute, University of Western Cape, South Africa. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws Degree (LLB) from Moi University, Kenya (2015) and a Master in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa Degree (LLM with Distinction) at the University of Pretoria, South Africa. He received the Nelson Mandela Prize for the best academic performance in the Class of 2017.  
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Josephat Muuo Kilonzo
Junior Research Associate
Maendeleo Group
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Speakers from the AU discuss how to strengthen the role and synergies between AGA and APSA.

(Credit: Institute for Security Studies)

Saturday, 17 December 2016 08:27

Faten Aggad-Clerx

Faten Aggad-Clerx is a Business Associate with Maendeleo Group. A national and citizen of Algeria her passion and interests are in fostering pan-Africanism and regional integration through strengthening democratic governance, continental trade and sustainable development. She is an international development expert, facilitator and connector with experience covering North and sub-Saharan Africa as well as Europe. In the last 5 years, she developed and managed the Africa programme of an EU-based Think and Do Tank, the European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM), where she collaborated with the African Union Commission and other African regional groupings on initiatives related to governance, early warning, relations with the EU especially in relation to strategic cooperation frameworks. In this capacity she also served as a facilitator and expert in a number of technical engagements within the framework of the EU-Africa partnership. She also initiated efforts to position her organisation in North Africa.

With 13+ years of experience, Faten worked at several Think Tanks including the South African Institute for International Affairs (SAIIA) where she served as a civil society trainer on the African Peer Review Mechanism in several countries (Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Mozambique, Nigeria, Zambia). She also consulted for international agencies such as the UNDP. Faten was part of the Secretariat that supported the Former Mozambican President Joaquim Chissano to launch the leadership initiative of former African Heads of States and Government in 2005 - the Africa Forum.

Faten has acted as a team leader for several studies and project evaluations especially on governance, peace, security and sustainable development. She has served as an evaluation team member on several evaluations. Clients included the European Union, the African Development Bank and the Netherlands’ Foreign Affairs Ministry.

Faten has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of Pretoria. She is also trained in Personal Leadership at the Institute of Personal Leadership at Columbia University, NYC. Faten is tri-lingual and is proficient to work in English, French and Arabic.

 
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Faten Aggad-Clerx
Business Associate
Maendeleo Group
Algiers, Algeria and Maastricht, Netherlands
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Friday, 16 December 2016 01:14

Olwethu Majola-Kinyunyu

Olwethu Majola-Kinyunyu is an in-house Senior Analyst with Maendeleo Group. An Attorney of the High Court of South Africa she has vast expertise and experience in administrative and regulatory law particular on compliance and conducting due diligence. She is a specialist in implementation of international legal instruments at the national level especially those aimed at curbing transnational organised and financial crimes in Africa.

Olwethu is the Director of Research with the Association of Certified Compliance Professionals in Africa (ACCPA) and Assistant Editor-in-Chief of the Anti-Money Laundering (AML) Journal of Africa. As a researcher and practitioner, Olwethu has contributed to a number of consultancies and projects in Africa notably:

  • The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in carrying out of a legal audit and policy environment assessment in the area of transnational organised crime for Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar;
  • Development of an advocacy tool detailing regional mechanisms to combat Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) in Africa for Tax Justice Network Africa;
  • Development of a report on the threat of transnational organised crime in the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Region on behalf of the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, Geneva, Switzerland;
  • Development of an anti-money laundering and compliance tool for banking, financial and regulatory institutions in Southern Africa.

Olwethu is a National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF) scholar, currently completing her PhD degree at the Centre of Criminology at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town. She holds Bachelor of Laws Degree from the University of Free State and a Master of Laws Degree in Transnational Criminal Justice from the South African-German Centre for Criminal Justice and Development Research at the University of the Western Cape.

 
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Olwethu Majola-Kinyunyu
Senior Analyst
Maendeleo Group
South Africa
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Thursday, 08 December 2016 04:42

Amandla Ooko-Ombaka

Amandla Ooko-Ombaka is a Business Associate with Maendeleo Group. She is an international development specialist with a public sector heart, a private sector mind and a passion for getting things done. Her professional and academic work is focused on how private sector led growth can build capabilities and institutions for governance in Africa.

Amandla has 7+ years of experience supporting performance transformations for Fortune 100 companies, governments & non-profits across Africa, Asia and North America. As a consultant with McKinsey & Company in their U.S. and Sub-Saharan Africa Offices, she served public and private sectors clients across 8+ industries in over 30 cities. She was affiliated with the Oil & Gas practice working on multi-billion dollar projects. However, her work in Africa ranges from designing a financial inclusion architecture for Ethiopia targeting 8 million+ citizens, to establishing performance management practices for a Kenyan bank targeting a top 5 market position.

As an independent consultant and governance advisor, Amandla has served the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative, the Ministry of Infrastructure in Rwanda, Stanbic Bank amongst others on topics including Policy Analysis, Business Financial Planning, Board Structure & Performance, Organizational Restructuring and Strengths-Based Leadership. She continues to offer targeted business advisory to FTSE 100 and LSE listed companies through Catalant.

Amandla views leadership as a call to service, and often speaks and/or moderates global dialogues on this topic, including a recent session with President Sirleaf Johnson of Liberia, and Felipe Caledron of Mexico (IDEASpHERE 2016). She supports the African Leadership Network (ALN) serving as an advisor to the CEO, and has co-founded several leadership and service oriented initiatives including the media platform secondstoryafrica.com, and the Leadership Institute at Yale - a 501(c)(3).

A native of Nairobi, Kenya, Amandla holds a BA in Economics & International Studies with distinction from Yale University, an MPA in International Development and an MBA from Harvard where she was a Center for Public Leadership Fellow. She is currently working on her first book, a biography of her father. You can follow her on Twitter @AmandlaOO

 
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Amandla Ooko-Ombaka
Business Associate
Maendeleo Group
Nairobi, Kenya
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Wednesday, 07 December 2016 11:16

Njoya Tikum

Njoya Tikum is a non​-​remunerated strategic adviser with Maendeleo ​G​roup. He has over 10 years of experience in political and economic governance, human rights, rule of law and access to justice work. Currently, he is the Regional Anti-corruption and Economic Governance Advisor for UNDP Africa. In this capacity, he leads UNDP’s efforts to strengthen capacities of African governments and regional organizations to prevent and combat Corruption, Illicit Financial Flows and related development and economic governance challenges in Sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this, based in the Regional Bureau for Africa in New York, Njoya served as the Project Manager for UNDP Africa’s Regional Project on Community Security and Peace Consolidation in the Sahel, managed UNDP’s Access to Justice and Rule of Law programme in South Sudan and worked as Policy Specialist and Special Assistant to UNDP’s Global Director of Democratic Governance Group in the Bureau for Development Policy in New York.

Before joining UNDP, Njoya was a corporate and civil litigating attorney in Cameroon and New York. He served as a Senior Human Rights Fellow at the Human Rights Institute in Columbia University School of Law. He is the founder and co-founder of a number of human rights and social justice based organizations in his native country of Cameroon (Centre for Public Interest Law in Cameroon and The Tort for Tortured Victims Center). Identified as an Emerging Leader by the German Marshall Fund for the United States, He is a Yale Greenberg World Fellow at the Jackson Institute for Global Affairs at Yale University, USA, holds a Master Degree in International Contracts and Human Rights Law from Columbia University School of Law, New York, an LLM in International Business Law from the Central European University, Hungary, and a Maîtres en Droit and an LLB from the University of Yaoundé II SOA, Cameroon

 
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Njoya Tikum
Strategic Adviser
Maendeleo Group
Yaounde, Cameroon
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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 19:04

Nick Wanjau

Nick M. Wanjau (PMIITPSA) is the Non-Executive Chairman of Maendeleo Group (Pty) Ltd Board of Directors. Nick brings to the company a wealth of experience and expertise in corporate governance, financial management and organizational development. He has over 20 years’ experience in the private sector co-founding and running over five successful private companies in education, information technology and transport.

Nick is a certified assessor and moderator with the Media Information Communication & Technologies Sector Education & Training Authority (MICT SETA), SERVICES, Education training and Development Practices (ETDP) and BANK SETA’s in South Africa since 2006 where he is involved in curriculum development, quality assurance, developing training programs and conducting curriculum moderation. He is a task team member of the South African Qualification’s Authority’s Standard Generating Body (SAQA SGB’s) for generating Information Systems & Technology qualifications and is a Professional member of the IITPSA (Institute of Information Technology Professional South Africa).

He is a pioneer of the Xtensive Academy and the Quantum Careers Development where he served as the Chief Operations Manager and ultimately as the Director of Operations. He is a founding partner of Glen Austin High, a private high school based in Midrand, Johannesburg. He serves on the board of the SPL Group (PTY) Ltd which specializes in project management and education, skills development and training. He is in charge of driving change management, leadership, and providing strategic direction, initiating, creating and maintaining business relationships with the Government and business partners. He also serves as a director of Zuberi Moja Solutions (PTY) Ltd which specializes in development of institutional education and training programs, coordination and management consulting in accordance with the national legislation relating to trade training in South Africa.

Nick studied at the Henley Business School UK, for an MBA and is a graduate of the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal (UKZN) where he holds a BCIST Honors degree in Information Systems and Business analysis, and a BCON1 degree majoring in Economics and Strategy in Business. He is also studied International human Rights at the University of Cape town (UCT) (2004). He has an Advanced Diploma with the International Association of Business Executives (IABE) UK (1997).

 
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Nick Wanjau
Non-Executive Chairman
Maendeleo Group
Johannesburg, South Africa
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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 19:04

Edmund Foley

Edmund Foley is a Business Associate with Maendeleo Group. A practising lawyer at the Ghana Bar, he also teaches Criminal Law and Human Rights Law at the Faculty of Law, Administrative Law and Public Sector Legal Framework at the School of Governance, Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA). He is also a part-time lecturer at the Centre for Social Policy Studies (CSPS) of the University of Ghana, where he teaches Child Protection in the Masters in Social Policy Programme.

Edmund Foley has over 10 years’ experience in legal and political risks analysis with a focus on a human rights based approach. He served as the Technical Advisor on Children Rights at the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection of Ghana 2014 - 2015. Mr Foley led the development of two key national policies – the Child and Family Welfare Policy and the Justice for Children Policy. He also played a key role in the reform of the adoption system in Ghana and was a member of the team of experts that developed and reviewed the Children’s Act, 1998 (Act 560) as part of the reform efforts. The Children’s Amendment Act, 2016 was passed by the Parliament of Ghana in October 2016. Mr Foley also served as a member of the Ghanaian Government’s delegation to the UNICEF Executive Board Meeting, the UN Committee on the Rights of Child and the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. H continues to provide technical and legal expertise to the Ministry.

In 2012-2013, Edmund was the Head and Senior Researcher of the Children’s Rights Project of the Community Law Centre, University of the Western Cape where he led the Centre’s work on children’s rights in Eastern and Southern Africa. He managed the UNICEF-ESARO-funded programme on supporting law reform initiatives in Eastern and Southern African countries. He provided technical assistance to UNICEF Country Offices and Governments in Kenya, Malawi, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, South Sudan, Lesotho and Swaziland on child law reform processes.

In 2007 - 2011, he was a Legal Officer at the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) and the lead officer on child rights and national human rights institutions (NHRIs). He was instrumental in the establishment of the National Agency for Legal Aid (NALA) of the Gambia and undertook a national mapping exercise of local initiatives for legal aid in the Gambia, funded by the UNDP. Prior to joining IHRDA in 2007, Edmund was an Associate in Sam Okudzeto and Associates, a leading law firm in Ghana, where he contributed to the firm’s successes in landmark cases in constitutional law, human rights, property law and commercial law.

Edmund graduated from the University of Ghana, Legon with a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) in 2000 and the Ghana School of Law, Accra. He has a Master of Laws (LLM) Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa (2004) and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Laws (LLD) Degree in Public Law at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

 
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Business Associate
Maendeleo Group
Accra, Ghana
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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 19:04

Semiha Abdulmelik

Semiha Abdulmelik is a Strategic Adviser with Maendeleo Group. She is currently the Policy Officer at the Office of the AU Special Envoy on Women, Peace, and Security. She has worked for local and international NGOs, as well as the UN in various capacities. She has undertaken country level programming work, with a focus on local governance, civil society, and human rights in Sudan, South Sudan, and Ethiopia, working with local government, national institutions such as parliament, and civil society. In addition to programming expertise, Semiha also has extensive experience engaging in policy and advocacy in the area of humanitarian affairs, gender, peace and security, and post-conflict reconstruction with a wide range of policy and decision makers at the African Union level. While Semiha’s local and national level engagement have been in the Horn, a substantial amount of her experience has been on Pan-African policy issues, and regional institutions.

She holds an MA in Human Rights Practice (Distinction), Erasmus Mundus, and BA/BComm in Politics and Strategic Management from Monash University, Australia. She is an alumnus of the African Leadership Centre.

Semiha is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and tweets at @SAbdulmelik.

 
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Semiha Abdulmelik
Strategic Adviser
Maendeleo Group
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
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Tuesday, 06 December 2016 19:04

Selemani Kinyunyu

Selemani Kinyunyu is a Strategic Adviser with Maendeleo Group. He currently works as the African Governance Architecture (AGA) Focal Point at the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights where he is responsible for driving the Court’s engagement in policy processes in the areas of human rights, good governance, rule of law and Transitional Justice in Africa.

He has worked for the East Africa Law Society (EALS) and Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) and has consulted on legal, human rights and rule of law assignments for the African Union (AU), East African Community (EAC), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and German Organisation for International Cooperation (GiZ) among others.

Selemani’s research interests include international justice, regional integration and the role of African Organizations in an increasingly multipolar world.

Selemani is an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree from Tumaini University and a Master of Laws Degree in Transnational Criminal Justice from the South African-German Centre for Criminal Justice and Development Research at the University of the Western Cape. He is also completing a Doctorate in International Anti-Corruption Law.

 
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Strategic Adviser
Maendeleo Group
Arusha, Tanzania
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