Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai is a legal practitioner at Abdulai & Associates and director at Society for Democratic Initiatives (SDI). SDI works on governance and human rights in Sierra Leone. Specializes in anti-corruption through the lenses of access to information, open data, EITI, open contracting, and aid effectiveness. Human Rights: defending civic space, free expression, gender and children's right and impact litigation.
Elsy Sainna is the Executive Director of the International Commission of Jurists, Kenyan Section (ICJ Kenya). Elsy has extensive knowledge and over twelve years of public international law experience, expertise in human rights, gender studies, constitutional, legal, and policy reform initiatives. Her work has included legal research, writing on comparative jurisprudence, and advocacy initiatives geared towards improving the rule of law, human rights, governance systems, and the administration of justice in Kenya and the region. Elsy is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya.
She holds a Master of Laws (LLM) degree with distinction in International Legal Studies from Georgetown University Law Center (GULC) in Washington DC, USA, and is also a Leadership and Advocacy for Women in Africa (LAWA) Fellow at GULC. She earned her Bachelor of Laws from the University of Sheffield in the United Kingdom.
She is a member of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), The Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya), and the Federation of Women Lawyers in Kenya (FIDA Kenya).
Zoé Titus is passionate about the media and its potential to make a positive and profound change on the lives of people. She has dedicated the last 20 years of her life to advance media freedom and development in southern Africa in various dimensions. As a former regional director of the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA), she’s spearheaded a number of projects and campaigns designed to provide practical support to journalists in danger and transform policy environment to support a vibrant and independent media sector.
Titus is presently the Strategic Coordinator of the Namibia Media Trust (NMT) which, as of 2018, is the first African organization to contribute financially to the sustainability of the UNESCO Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize. In addition to all her work, Titus serves in advisory capacities to several regional and international initiatives, including ARISA (the Advancing Rights in Southern Africa project). She is also co-founder of the single massive open online teaching platform on media policy in Africa, the Jeanette Minnie Memorial Course in African Media Policy in the Digital Age, hosted by the Link Centre and Wits online platform, edX.
Since 2011, Henri is the Executive Secretary of COLLECTIF 24, a national platform of Congolese civil society working for the protection of fundamental rights and freedoms such as access to information, freedom of expression and freedom of the press. As such, it lobbied the National Assembly for the adoption of the Access to Information Act, which was passed by the Senate in 2015.
As the Executive Director of CODHOD and COLLECTIF 24, Henri has substantial experience in the following areas: human resources / personnel management; sustainable development, implementation and monitoring of programmes and projects; development of concept notes; financial management and fundraising; advocacy and lobbying techniques; citizen oversight and monitoring of public policies; organization and facilitation of events, as well as a deep understanding of the Congolese socio-cultural, economic and political context.
As a teacher, communicator, workshop technical expert and community worker, Henri has gained experience in designing workshop modules adapted to the profile and needs of beneficiaries, including adults, youth and vulnerable children (i.e. street children). He has more than 16 years of experience in mobilizing material means for communities, community structuring, training of local actors, and support to the Decentralized Territorial Entities (ETDs) of the DRC and the management of local public finances, as well as the supervision of vulnerable children. He is a major player in Congolese civil society.
Gilbert Sendugwa has a rich experience in successfully managing donor funded projects spanning nearly 2 decades. He has more than 15 years of leadership experience at senior management level in international organizations such as the International Labor Organization, Transparency International, Save the Children and the Uganda Law Society among others. Gilbert also sits on various Board of Directors and Steering Committees on non-profit organizations and initiatives. He successfully designed and implemented several donor- funded research and advocacy projects on open contracting and access to information in Africa. He has strong experience with managing multi-stakeholder initiatives, open contracting, anticorruption, social accountability, constructive engagement with governments and the business sector.
Edetaen is the Executive Director of Media Rights Agenda in Lagos, which works to promote and defend freedom of expression in Nigeria. He has worked on Freedom of Information, media freedom and freedom of expression, media development, Internet freedom, human rights and democracy issues in Nigeria, regionally and internationally for over 20 years.
He currently chairs the Steering Committee of the African Freedom of Expression Exchange (AFEX), a network of freedom of expression organizations in Africa; is a member of the governing Council of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX), a global network of freedom of expression organizations with its secretariat in Toronto, Canada; and a member of the Board of Directors of International Media Support (IMS), an international media development organization based in Copenhagen, Denmark.