Africa Regional Director, UN Millennium Campaign
Charles Abugre Akelyira has been an active anti-poverty campaigner for more than 20 years. Born in Ghana, he is a trained development economist and social policy commentator. Mr. Akelyira is currently the Regional Director for Africa at the UN Millennium Campaign, based in Nairobi, Kenya. The campaign supports and inspires citizens to hold their governments accountable for achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
Prior to this, Mr. Akelyira worked as Head of the Global Policy and Advocacy Division for Christian Aid in London, UK. During this time, he was also a visiting lecturer on gender and macroeconomics at the University of Utah and the Levi Institute in New York, and a lecturer and research fellow at the University of Swansea, Wales, UK. He also served as Executive Director of the Integrated Social Development Centre (ISODEC) and Coordinator of the Africa Secretariat of the Third World Network, both in Ghana.
Mr. Akelyira has a wide range of experience, from grassroots development work to international consultancies in social and economic development. He holds a MA in development economics from the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, the Netherlands, a BA in economics and geography from the University of Ghana in Accra, and is a doctoral candidate at the University of Wales in Swansea, UK.
Director, Human Enterprise Research Group
Dr. Melvin Ayogu is currently a director at the Human Enterprise Research Group
From 2000 to 2009, Dr. Ayogu was Professor of Economics and Dean of the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Cape Town. He has also taught at the College of Business at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia; Department of Accounting and Management Sciences at the University of Jos, Nigeria; School of Economics at the University of Cape Town, South Africa; and Joint Facility for Electives of the Africa Economic Research Consortium and the Collaborative Masters Program in Economics in Nairobi, Kenya. From February to June 2000, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Center for International Development at Harvard University, and concurrently, the Senior Rockefeller African Humanities Institute Fellow at Harvard University. He earned a PhD in Economics from Ohio State University in 1989.
Dr. Ayogu is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, London. He has also consulted for a number of international organizations, including the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), UN-Habitat, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and International Labour Organization (ILO). He has published numerous articles on economic development and is co-editor of “Development Dilemmas: The Methods and Political Ethics of Growth Policy” (2005).
Chief Executive Officer, African Media Initiative
Amadou Mahtar Ba is the Chief Executive of the African Media Initiative (AMI), a pan-African effort aimed at strengthening the media sector in Africa to ensure the accountability of governments and other institutions, and to promote social development and economic growth.
He is also a co-founder and chairman of AllAfrica Global Media, an international multi-media content service provider, systems technology developer and the largest distributor of African news and information worldwide. Prior to starting AllAfrica, Mr. Ba served from 1996 to 2000 as Director of Communications and Marketing for BICIS Bank, a subsidiary of the French banking group BNP Paribas. From 1993 to 1996, he helped lead the successful restructuring and privatization of the Panafrican News Agency (PANA).
Mr. Ba is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council for the Future of Journalism, advisory board member of the Reporting Developing Network Africa, member of the Advisory Committee of the Knight International Journalism Fellowship, administered by the International Center for Journalists, as well as a member of the Africa Policy Advisory Board of ONE.
Mr. Ba was educated in Senegal, France and Spain, and is fluent in French, English, Spanish, Fulani and Wolof. He holds a Masters degree from the Ecole Française des Professionnels de la Communication in Paris and Paris 7 University (Jussieu).
Visiting Fellow, Center for Global Development
Owen Barder is a development economist based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC, and leads a team at Development Initiatives, a British non-governmental organization that works to make international aid more transparent and accountable.
Mr. Barder previously served as an economics aide to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and served in a number of other senior roles in the British civil service, including in the Treasury, Cabinet Office and Department for International Development, where he was head of Africa Policy, Director of Communications, and Director of Global Development Effectiveness and International Finance, respectively.
Mr. Barder has also worked in the South African Treasury, where he focused on budget issues with former South African Treasury Minister Trevor Manuel. He was also a visiting scholar in the Economics Faculty at the University of California, Berkeley.
Mr. Barder writes about development issues at www.owen.org/blog and hosts the Development Drums podcast.
Executive Director, SANGONeT
David Barnard is the Executive Director of the Southern African NGO Network (SANGONet), based in Johannesburg, South Africa, which focuses on serving civil society with a wide range of information communication technology (ICT) products and services.
Mr. Barnard was previously the Manager of the Programme for Development Research at the Human Sciences Research Council (1992 to 2000). He is a Founding Member of the African Institute for Corporate Citizenship and Advisory Board Member of the African Press Organization. He serves on the e-Skills Council and in the past served on the Presidential National Commission on the Information Society for Development.
Mr. Barnard has extensively published and presented on issues relating to development and ICT in Africa. His areas of expertise include the role of the international development, funding community and NGO sector in Southern Africa, corporate citizenship and the involvement of the corporate sector in development issues, and the contribution of information and ICT in support of development processes.
Mr. Barnard holds BA and BA (Hons) degrees (both cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, and has participated in management training at Cranfield University, UK, and City University of New York.
He completed the seven-day, 250 km Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon from 17 to 23 October, 2010.
Founding and Managing Director, Charas LDA
Erik Charas is an entrepreneur, engineer and self-styled social activist. His company, Charas LDA, invests in young Mozambican entrepreneurs, targeting the very bottom strata of society with a view to transforming the next generation of Mozambicans into successful small business owners. He is also president of Mozambique’s biggest circulation newspaper, @ Verdade, with over 600,000 readers.
Mr. Charas was voted a Hero of Africa by media group MSN in 2005, named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2006, and an Archbishop Tutu African Leadership Fellow in 2007.
Mr. Charas believes passionately that the key challenge Africans face is creating a unique identity. Looking ahead, he believes that Africa needs to create positive role models, not just politicians and liberation leaders, but ordinary people who struggle to exist in a hostile environment. His heroes include his father and Nelson Mandela: “My father, because he believed that we are all entitled to live a dignified life and we should pursue our dreams regardless, and Nelson Mandela, the father of all us Africans.”
Senior researcher, Governance of Africa’s Resources, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
Ms Chevallier holds a BA Honours in Political Science from the University of Stellenbosch and a Master's degree in International Relations (cum laude) from the University of Witwatersrand.
During her time at SAIIA she has worked on numerous thematic and geographical issues related to South Africa and Africa’s strategic engagement with the world. She has investigated the role of emerging powers in a changing geo-political landscape – especially in the light of their participation in curbing global challenges. She has worked on the politics of climate change, looking specifically at the negotiating positions of South Africa and the region. She also has done work on developing country alliances (such as IBSA) and cooperation on climate related issues. Over the past two years Ms Chevallier has moved into the field of valuing ecosystem services, and she has done numerous case studies on timber trade in the Great lakes, and the management of coastal ecosystems in Mozambique and more broader.
Ms Chevallier has travelled extensively and published many of her findings in opinion pieces, chapters of books, peer reviewed publications and journals, in and outside of South Africa. Ms Chevallier also provides policy recommendations to relevant stakeholders in these fields. She also participates in SAIIA’s youth outreach programmes, especially around environmental education.
Director, Centre for the Study of African Economies, Oxford University
Paul Collier is Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for the Study of African Economies at Oxford University. He took a five-year public service leave between 1998 and 2003, during which he time he was Director of the Research Development Department at the World Bank. He is also a professeur invité at CERDI, Université d’Auverge, and at Paris 1.
In 2008, Mr. Collier was awarded a CBE for services to scholarship and development. He is the author of “The Bottom Billion,” which in 2008 won the Lionel Gelber, Arthur Ross and Corine prizes, and in May 2009, was the joint winner of the Estoril Global Issues Distinguished Book prize. His second book, “Wars, Guns and Votes: Democracy in Dangerous Places,” was published in March 2009, and his latest book, “The Plundered Planet: How to Reconcile Prosperity with Nature,” was published in May 2010. His research covers the causes and consequences of civil war, the effects of aid, and the problems of democracy in low-income and natural-resource rich societies.
Mr. Collier is currently Advisor to the Strategy and Policy Department of the IMF and Advisor to the Africa Region Department of the World Bank. He also advised the British government on its recent White Paper on economic development policy, and has been writing a monthly column for The Independent as well as contributed to The New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post.
Editor-in-chief, Mail & Guardian
Nic Dawes was born in Cape Town and finished his schooling in Canada.
He studied Science and later English literature at the University of Cape Town before attending graduate school in the United States on a Fulbright Scholarship.
On his return to South Africa he wrote as a freelance for a wide range of local publications, and for television, before becoming News and Finance editor at one of the country’s early web portals, World Online.
He left World Online to become Managing Director at Maverick Interface Design, a digital communications agency that helped companies to develop their internet and mobile strategies, but ultimate decided to return to journalism. After a stint as Cape Business Editor, and political columnist at the now-defunct broadsheet ThisDay, he joined the M&G in 2004 as associate editor, focusing principally on public policy and economics. He was also heavily involved in the M&G’s investigations, and has won several awards for that work.
Nic is 41. He is married to Aurelia Driver, and has two young children, Hannah and Alexander. He lives in Parkview, Johannesburg
Director, Strategy and Fundraising, Agang South Africa
Ms Dawood has degrees in law, one in African Government and Administration and a Master’s Degree in Economic History.
She has worked for a decade as a chief researcher for a land rights organisation and has during this time, written widely on the issues of land reform and in particular on the restitution of land rights. This was at the height of apartheid, where land struggles and land access were central to debates on the construction of the post-apartheid state.
On moving to government after 1994, she had been involved in drafting land legislation for the new government. Her work with the Department of Land Affairs and Agriculture involved policy formulation and implementation, including negotiations and settlement of land claims. She has been advisor to Cabinet Members and the Presidency of Nelson Mandela.
She has also worked for the Department of Defence in drafting their legislation and policies on Land and Environment. In mid-1999 she joined the Open Society Institute, founded by financier and philanthropist, George Soros, as the Deputy Executive Director of the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and from June 2001 has held the position of Executive Director.
Ms Dawood is actively engaged internationally in key issues related to human rights and international justice, social, economic and legal reform and the promotion of independent media. In addition to her responsibilities for South Africa for the Open Society Institute, she has, since December 2006, been appointed to head up OSI-NY’s efforts in Indonesia as country director, where she heads up an OSI entity that seeks to institutionalize democracy and an open society in the largest Muslim country in the world.
She is also an Aspen Institute Fellow.
Chief Executive Officer, Ethiopia Commodity Exchange
Dr. Eleni Z. Gabre-Madhin, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Ethiopia Commodity Exchange since 2008, is an internationally recognized thought leader on agricultural marketing in Africa and global development, with a career spanning both research and development practice, and now business.
Prior to returning to her native Ethiopia, she served as Senior Economist at the World Bank and Senior Research Fellow with the Washington-based think tank, the International Food Policy Research Institute. She has also worked at the United Nations as a Commodity Trading Expert, based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Dr. Gabre-Madhin holds a PhD in Applied Economics from Stanford University, an MSc in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University and BA in Economics from Cornell University. She was awarded Outstanding Dissertation by the American Agricultural Economics Association in 1999 for her thesis titled, “Social Capital, Transaction Costs, and Market Institutions in the Ethiopian Grain Market.”
As a voice for African markets, she represented the African business community at the G-20 Business Summit in London in 2009, and is presently on the Nike Foundation-sponsored Advisory Panel on Girls in Rural Economies, as well as the Expert Group on Development Issues for the Government of Sweden, the African Union Task Force on Commodities, and the Stiglitz Task Force on Africa.
Dr. Gabre-Madhin is a Founding Fellow and Board Member of the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences, and was nominated in 2010 for Outstanding Businesswoman of the Year by African Business Awards.
Executive Director, Southern Africa Trust
Neville Gabriel is the Founding Executive Director of the Southern Africa Trust, an independent regional agency that supports deeper and wider policy engagement between governments and non-state actors to overcome poverty in Southern Africa. He is also a non-executive director of the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the African Forum on Debt and Development (AFRODAD), a Board Member of the Goedgedacht Forum for Social Reflection, and a Senior Fellow of the Synergos Institute.
Prior to founding the Southern Africa Trust, Mr. Gabriel worked at Oxfam as its Southern Africa Regional Media and Advocacy Coordinator as well as at the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference (SACBC), where he held a number of positions, including SACBC Secretary for Economic Justice, Coordinator of the Justice and Peace Department, and part of the founding team of the SACBC Parliamentary Liaison Office in Cape Town. He also co-founded the Jubilee 2000 South Africa coalition for debt cancellation as part of the global Jubilee movement, serving as its national secretary, national executive committee member and spokesperson.
Neville Gabriel was born in Durban, South Africa. He matriculated with distinction before completing a BA in Social Sciences at the University of Cape Town. After a year’s retreat and community service in an impoverished rural village in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province, he returned to study philosophy at the University of Natal and theology at St Joseph’s Theological Institute concurrently, graduating with Honours in Social Sciences (cum laude) from the University of Natal.
CEO, Inuka Kenya Trust
John Githongo is the CEO of Inuka Kenya Trust fka Zinduko Trust and head of Twaweza in Kenya. He holds an Honours degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Wales and an Honorary Doctorate from the Open University.
Mr. Githongo served as Vice President of Policy and Advocacy at World Vision International and Senior Associate Member at St Antony’s College Oxford, where he is still associated as a Senior Common Room Member. He also served as Permanent Secretary, Office of the President of Kenya, between 2003 and 2005. Prior to that, he was Director of Transparency International-Berlin and Executive Director of Transparency International in Kenya. He has served as a columnist for The East African between 1995 and 2003 and at various times as a correspondent for The Economist, among other publications.
Other appointments and distinctions include being a member of the boards of the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG), the Africa Institute for Governing with Integrity and Freedom House. Mr. Githongo is a member of the Advisory Council of Transparency International-Berlin and an advisor to the Mathare Community Resource Centre.
Grammy Award-winning Artist and Activist
Grammy winner Angélique Kidjo is not only one of the most electrifying performers in the pop world today, she is also one of its most forward and creative thinkers, an artist whose mission has been to explore the relationships of diverse musical cultures.
While she has steeped her music in the tribal and pop rhythms of her West African heritage, the Benin-born, Brooklyn-based Kidjo has crossed musical boundaries by blending a variety of styles, including funk, salsa, jazz, rumba, souk and makossa.
Ms. Kidjo also travels the world as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, where she raises awareness about girls’ education to help eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education. She is the co-founder of the Batonga Foundation, which gives scholarship to girls in Benin, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Mali and Sierra Leone.
Director, International Budget Partnership (IBP)
Warren Krafchik is the Director of the International Budget Partnership (IBP) and has been involved with the IBP for over 10 years, assisting civil society organizations in Africa, Latin America, and Asia to monitor government budgets. IBP works with independent organizations in over 100 countries by providing financial assistance, training and technical support, and designing collaborative research and networking programs. Krafchik joined the IBP in 2001 after nine years at the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (Idasa), one of Africa’s strongest think-tanks, where he founded the Budget Information Service (BIS) in 1995. The BIS was one of the first institutions to pioneer independent monitoring of government budgeting, with a particular emphasis on how these budgets affect disadvantaged groups. These methods have been adapted by civil society and governments around the world. Krafchik started his working life as a lecturer in macro-economics at the University of Cape Town where he received MA, awarded with distinction. He is the author of numerous publications on the role of the civil society, legislatures, and Supreme Audit Institutions in budget accountability.
Director, McKinsey & Company
Acha Leke is a Partner at McKinsey .He started his McKinsey career as an Associate in the Johannesburg office in 1998 and rejoined the firm in Atlanta in August 1999. He then transferred back to Johannesburg in January 2002 to help expand McKinsey’s activities across sub-Saharan Africa, before relocating to Lagos to lead the firm’s newly established office in Nigeria.
Prior to McKinsey, Mr. Leke worked for three years as a consultant at Pacific Monolithics, Inc. and Spectrian Corporation, both in Sunnyvale, CA, on novel techniques to linearize high-power amplifiers for wireless applications, while completing a PhD in Electrical Engineering at Stanford University. He also received an MS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Industrial Engineering and Engineering Management from Stanford University, as well as a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering (summa cum laude), with a minor in Economics, from the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he graduated as the school’s first black valedictorian.
Mr. Leke is a co-founder and member of the Board of the African Leadership Academy, a co-educational boarding school that aims to develop the next generation of African leaders. He is also a co-founder of the African Leadership Network, an invitation-only network of young African leaders who aspire to bring prosperity to the continent. In 2010, he was selected by Destiny Man as one of the top 40 men under 40 in South Africa. He is currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Regional Agenda Council on Africa.
Chief Senior Advisor, International Poverty Reduction Center in China
For more than 20 years, Dr. Xiaoyun Li has made a significant contribution to development studies, education and applied policy research capacity for rural development in China. He has been one of the most influential experts for rural development policies in China and has also directed and supervised most donor interventions in China. His most important works focus on poverty reduction, smallholder agricultural development, rural finance, local government development and NGOs, natural resources management, participation and gender, and development intervention.
Dr. Li received his first degree in Agriculture Science from Ningxia Agriculture College in 1981, and his MS and PhD in Agricultural Science from Beijing Agricultural University in 1984 and 1987. From 1987 to 1989, he served as a policy analyst for rural development in the State Council of China. During those years, he participated in a number of important policy formulations for rural development in China. After 1989, he became the Executive Director of Center for Integrated Agricultural Development at Beijing Agricultural University.
Dr. Li has published more than 30 books and more 200 papers on those topics mentioned above. He has been the recipient of numerous honours, including the China State Council Special Contribution Award and China Poverty Reduction Award. In addition to being Chief Senior Advisor of International Poverty Reduction Center in China, he is also currently the Dean of the College of Humanities and Development Studies at the China Agricultural University as well as Director of the OECD-DAC China Study Group and Senior Consultant for the World Bank in Tanzania.
Director, Development Co-operation Directorate
Jon Lomøy is the Director of the Development Co-operation Directorate. He provides both strategic leadership and orientation to the directorate to shape policies that promote sustainable development in support of the Millennium Development Goals.
Jon Lomøy, a Norwegian national, has devoted his professional career to development. From 1989 to 1996, he has held senior positions at the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD) headquarters. As Head of the Eastern Africa Division, and Deputy Director and Director of the Africa Department, he was responsible for the management of bilateral development co-operation with Africa and initiated a major reorganisation of the department to decentralise programmes and enhance work on general policy issues.
From 1996 to 2000, as Ambassador of Norway to Zambia, he also managed bilateral development programmes, including education and governance.
Jon Lomøy returned to NORAD from 2001 to 2004 as Director of the Southern Africa Department, where he implemented the first process of country-wide silent partnership with Sweden and Malawi. In 2004, he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Director General of the Department for Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, where he was responsible for the overall management of the Norwegian bilateral assistance programme. During this period, he initiated the Oil for Development Programme and, with the World Bank, a review of multi-donor trust funds in post-conflict countries. From 2007, he was Ambassador of Norway to Tanzania, managing one of Norway’s largest bilateral aid programmes, with a particular focus on translating global policy initiatives – such as climate change, UN reform and the Partnership for Reduced Maternal and Child Mortality – to country-level activities.
He assumed the position of Director of the OECD Development Co-operation Directorate in April 2010.
Director, Africa Regional Office, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA)
Mr. Bunmi Makinwa is the Director of the UNFPA Africa Regional Office, responsible for the oversight and management of UNFPA regional policy and programmes, and offices in 46 Sub-Saharan African countries. He brings to this post twenty five years of service in international development in various parts of the world.
From 2006 to 2008, Mr. Makinwa was Director of UNAIDS New York Office, where he successfully re-positioned the UNAIDS New York Office as the source of policy, information and partnerships on AIDS for Ambassadors, political leaders, UN, and large civil society organizations. From 2003-2006, Mr. Makinwa was UNAIDS Representative to the African Union Commission and the UN Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, developing and implementing the strategic positioning of AIDS with heads of state and government of Africa. Between 2000 and 2003, he served as Team Leader of the UNAIDS Intercountry Team for Eastern and Southern Africa.
Mr. Makinwa worked previously with the World Health Organization, Family Health International and Program for Appropriate Technology in Health. He speaks several international languages.
Founder and Owner, Tanzanite Jet Centre Ltd dba VIA Aviation
Susan Mashibe is a FAA certified commercial pilot and an aircraft maintenance engineer, the first female with both qualifications in Tanzania. At present she runs Tanzanite Jet Centre, a very successful Fixed Base Operation company, she founded in 2003. It is unique in Tanzania, specializing in logistical support to business aviation in the region. Her company has catered to Heads of State, monarchs, Fortune 500 executives, and military flights.
Additionally, Susan is a Director of Universal Africa Logistic Ltd dba Kilimanjaro Aviation Logistic Center, which processes clearances for private jets throughout Africa.
Ms. Mashibe is now a recognized leader in business aviation in Tanzania and East Africa.
Susan is a 2011 WEF Young Global Leader and an Archbishop Tutu Fellow on 2009. Susan is also a 2011 Fortune Most Powerful Woman mentee.
Currently, Susan is establishing aircraft maintenance and repair services at Kilimanjaro which will measure up to international standards for general and corporate aviation.
Susan strives to promote math and science, paying special attention to female pupils in primary and secondary schools in Tanzania.
Vice President of the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP)
Prof. Richard Mkandawire is a Socio- economist and a rural development expert. He is a graduate of the University of Malawi (Bachelor of Social Science), University of Missouri, Columbia USA (MA and Msc.), and the University of East Anglia, UK (PhD). Prof. Mkandawire has previously taught in the Universities of Malawi, Zambia, and in South Africa.
He is currently the Vice President of the African Fertilizer and Agribusiness Partnership (AFAP) and he is the former Director of Resource Mobilisation and Partnerships for the NEPAD Planning and Coordinating Agency.
Before taking on that position, he was the Head of the NEPAD Agriculture Programme and the principal architect of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP) which is an African conceived, owned and driven agriculture development initiative endorsed by the African Heads of State and Government in 2003.
Prof. Mkandawire has received the following awards for his work in spearheading the CAADP agenda: awarded an ‘Honorary Doctorate’ in 2009 (DSc Honoris Causa University of KwaZulu-Natal) for spearheading the CAADP agenda and rallying continental and global support towards agriculture in Africa and the ‘Drivers of Change’ award in 2008 for leadership in advocating and convincing African leaders and the international community that Africa can muster the ability and political will to overcome hunger and poverty through CAADP .
Between 1992 and 1999 Prof. Mkandawire worked with the Commonwealth Secretariat as the Commonwealth Youth Programme Regional Director for Africa. He has extensive experience in development initiatives in Southern Africa spanning a period of over two decades. He has researched and published extensively in the following areas: Agriculture and Food Policies in Southern Africa, Artisanal Fisheries Development, Land Tenure Systems and Agrarian Development, Gender and Development and the Youth and Reproductive Health among other areas.
Winston Hugh Njongonkulu Ndungane was born in Kokstad, South Africa, where he completed his primary and secondary education. As an anti apartheid activist in the 1960, he was eventually imprisoned on Robben Island from 1963 to 1966.
As a cleric in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, he has served as a parish priest, and moved on to facilitate theological education. In later years he served in senior management of the Anglican Church until his eventual election as Archbishop of Cape Town in 1996.
While Archbishop Of Cape Town, he has served in many leadership platforms of the World Wide Anglican Communion and has made notable contributions to the work of the communion on issues of Peace and Justice, poverty eradication, trade justice and HIV and AIDS.
He has been involved with the promotion of the realisation of the Millennium Development Goals. He speaks widely on these issues as well as on rebuilding the new South Africa and theological questions. In 2005, together with Kofi Annan and Jeffrey Sachs, he was a speaker in the St Paul’s Cathedral, London, series on poverty, ‘What can one person do?’
In 2006 he launched African Monitor, a pan-African not-for-profit body harnessing the voice of the continent’s civil society in monitoring and promoting the effective implementation of promises made by the international community, and Africa’s own governments, for the continent’s development.
Njongonkulu Ndungane was appointed Chair of Council of the University of Cape Town in 2008.
In October 2009 Archbishop Njongo Ndungane was awarded the Drivers of Change Award, for his lifelong commitment to place the poor at the centre of social and economic policies.
Public Policy and Government Relations Manager, Google Africa
Ory Okolloh is the Public Policy and Government Relations Manager for Google Africa. She is a co-founder of Ushahidi, an open source project that allows users to crowd source crisis information to be sent via mobile, serving as the organization’s Executive Director from inception until December 2010. She is also the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament.
Ms. Okolloh graduated summa cum laude with a BA degree in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and with a JD from Harvard Law School. She was previously a Summer Associate in Covington and Burling, Washington, DC, and a Chayes Fellow at the World Bank’s Department of Institutional Integrity. She is a frequent speaker at conferences – including TED, the World Economic Forum, Poptech, CGI, Techonomy, Mobile Web Africa and the Monaco Media Forum – on issues around citizen journalism, the role of technology in Africa, and the role of young people in reshaping the future of Africa
Director General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Nigeria
Arunma Oteh has been Director General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) since January 2010. She was also elected Chairperson of the Africa Middle East Regional Committee of the International Organization of Securities Commissions in June 2010.
Prior to her appointment to the SEC, she was Executive Vice President of the African Development Bank Group from 2006 to 2009 and Group Treasurer from 2001 to 2005. She also held other positions in treasury and lending from 1992 when she joined the bank.
Before joining the African Development Bank, she worked in corporate finance, consulting, teaching and research for a number of institutions, including the Harvard Institute for International Development and Centre Point Investments Limited in Nigeria.
Ms. Oteh is currently leading a transformation of the Nigerian Capital Markets to enable Nigeria to realize its economic potential and is a member of the Nigerian Economic Management Team. She also serves on the board of a number of organizations, including the Pension Commission Nigeria, Asset Management Company of Nigeria, Advisory Board of the Africa Investor, and International Financing Facility of Immunization, a charity organization set up by governments to fast track immunization, a critical vehicle for achieving the MDGs.
Ms. Oteh holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Harvard Business School and a first class honours degree in Computer Science from University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She is the co-editor of the book, ”African Voices African Visions.”
Rakesh R. Rajani is the Head of Twaweza (“We can make it happen” in Swahili), a 10-year initiative to enhance access to information, citizen agency and public accountability in East Africa. Until the end of 2007, he served as the founding Executive Director of HakiElimu, an independent organization that promotes citizen engagement in education in Tanzania.
Mr. Rajani advised and serves on several boards, including: Revenue Watch International; Aidspan, a watchdog of the Global Fund; International Budget Partnership; Institute for Democracy in Southern Africa; Foundation for Civil Society in Tanzania; and Hewlett/Gates Foundation’s Initiative on Quality Education in Developing Countries. He has also been a fellow of Harvard University since 1998, most recently involved in its Joint Learning Initiative on Children and AIDS. He has written and/or edited over 300 papers, popular publications and op-eds in English and Swahili.
Mr. Rajani did his university education the US at Brandeis University and Harvard University, graduating summa cum laude and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. His interests include the connections between information, imagination and public action; political economy of policy-making; and budget transparency and public engagement.
Founder and Chairman, Seed Capital Investment
Mandla Sibeko set up his own investment business, Seed Capital Investments, through which he has various interests in the small business sector. Through this company, he has partaken in a number of related media, retail, property and e-procurement acquisitions, including becoming the owner of the Pick n Pay Family Supermarket in Kliptown, Soweto. He also holds a 40% stake in Icon SA, a partnership with a UK-based global stadium and City dressing company that branded the 2006 German FIFA World Cup.
Mandla Sibeko ventured into the media industry by creating his own production company. He served as Managing Director of this successful content and multimedia business, Born Free Media, servicing a wide range of clients such as all SABC channels, the Kaiser Foundation and loveLife. He also served as Executive Producer on the South African television drama “90 Plein Street.”, “When We Were Black,” a TV series set in 1976, and “Dinner with the President,” a talk show hosted by Pieter Dirk Uys as Evita Bezuidenhout.
In addition, Mr. Sibeko is a founding member of several investment initiatives focusing on the empowerment of young people, with key investments in food, retail, media and clothing industries. He also serves as a Non-Executive Director of Paarl Print and Paarl Print, Paarl Labs – the largest magazine and commercial printer in South Africa and part of Media 24 Group, as well as serves as a Trustee Board Member of loveLife, an organization devoted to HIV/AIDS education and awareness-raising.
Executive Director, Foundation for Civil Society
John Ulanga is the Executive Director of the Foundation for Civil Society, the largest support mechanism for civil society organizations in Tanzania, providing them with grants and enabling a culture of on-going learning within the sector.
Prior to joining the Foundation for Civil Society in late 2005, Mr. Ulanga worked with the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF), one of the leading policy research think tanks in Tanzania, as its first Coordinator of Commissioned Studies, where he was charged with the responsibility of forming the consultancy department and coordinate consultancy assignments undertaken by ESRF.
Mr. Ulanga is currently the Chairman of the East African Association of Grantmakers (EAAG), an association of grantmakers and philanthropic institutions in East Africa; Board Member of HakiElimu, an organization that works to realize equity, quality, human rights and democracy in education in Tanzania; Board Member of Tanzania Financial Services for the Underserved Settlements (TAFSUS), a UN-Habitat-supported initiative to upgrade slums and underserved settlements in Tanzania; Member of the Steering Committee of African Grantmakers Network (AGN); and member of an independent advisory panel of eminent persons in Tanzania advising the World Bank Country Office on their programmes pertaining to the government of Tanzania. He is also a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative East Africa and the Aspen Global Leadership Network of the Aspen Institute.
Programme Manager of the Economic Governance Programme, IDASA
Russell Wildeman is currently the Programme Manager of the Economic Governance Programme and the Director of the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in Africa.
He has been with IDASA since 2000, first joining the organization in his capacity as an education researcher, where his main focus involved examining education finance issues and the implementation of key sectoral policies targeted at the poor. Apart from his interests in the South African education system, he is presently overseeing the implementation of a six-country project in Southern, East and West Africa that deals with the right of access to information and the right to education. His own research interests focuses on the notion of effective schools and the implementation of public finance frameworks in post-apartheid South Africa.
Mr. Wildeman holds a Masters in Political Management (cum laude) from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. His academic background is in the field of political behaviour and research methodologies.