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Our Board

Fouad Abdelmoumni

Mr. Abdelmoumni is a civil society activist and a microfinance expert. He led Al Amana, a Morocco-based micro-credit association, since its inception in 1996 till 2010, and left it with a portfolio of 400,000 loans worth US$300 million. His past leadership positions have included membership of the Executive Committee of the Consultative Group to Assist the Poor, the Advisors Group for the UN Year of Micro-credit 2005, Vice-Presidency of the Moroccan Association for Human Rights

Akwasi Aidoo

Dr. Aidoo has extensive experience in philanthropy in Africa. His previous positions include regional program officer for West and Central Africa at the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), head of the Ford Foundation’s offices in Senegal and Nigeria from 1993 to 2001, and director of the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative for Africa from 2001 to 2005. Dr. Aidoo sits on the boards of several nonprofit organizations, including the Resource Alliance, Fund for Global Human

Tade Aina

As Program Director, Higher Education in Africa, Omotade “Tade” Akin Aina develops and implements the Corporation’s strategy to accelerate economic and social development in Africa by strengthening teaching, research, scholarship and leadership. Tade is an experienced foundation executive, whose decade-long tenure in the Ford Foundation’s Nairobi office, most recently as Regional Representative for East Africa, has been marked by innovation and visionary

Aïcha Bah Diallo

A renowned champion of girls’ and women’s learning, Ms. Bah Diallo hails from Guinea, where she served as Minister of Education from 1989 to 1996, implementing major reforms that strengthened access to primary education and doubled girls’ enrolment. She went on to become a senior education leader at UNESCO, where, from 1996 to 2005, she worked to reduce barriers to education for girls in the world’s least developed countries. Ms. Bah Diallo helped found both the Forum on Women

Dr. Natalia Kanem

Dr. Natalia Kanem is an international advocate for women’s and children's health and education, with long experience in philanthropy. Her work re-examines the relationship of culture and tradition to the transformation of public health conditions for under-served people around the globe. She is a senior associate of the Lloyd Best Institute (West Indies). Dr Kanem was founding President of ELMA Philanthropies, a major services organization promoting health and education for African children.

Janet Naumi Mawiyoo

Janet Naumi Mawiyoo is chief executive officer of the Kenya Community Development Foundation, the only public national foundation in Kenya, which works to promote sustainable development through social investments and grant making that empowers disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. She previously worked at the Kenyan Ministry of Culture and Social Services, the Ministry of Technical Training and Applied Technology, the Norwegian Agency for Development and ActionAid International

Sibongile Mkhabela

Sibongile Mkhabela is chief executive officer of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, which works to improve the lives of poor children and youth and which has grown under her leadership to R500m/$50m. She is now on a two-year secondment to head the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital, one of the Fund’s signature initiatives. With a degree in social work and several graduate diplomas, Bongi (as she is known to friends) has held senior positions at the United Nations

Malusi Mpumlwana

Bishop Mpumlwana heads the Northern Diocese of the Ethiopian Episcopal Church, giving strategic direction to the mission of the diocese and overseeing the pastoral ministrations of its priests and lay leaders. His vision is “to contribute to the making of an all-inclusive African church experience whose spirituality empowers the weak—the poor, women, and the young—and engages the social and economic realities of our time for the common good.” This is in line with his other pursuits, which include

Adhiambo Odaga

Treasurer
Dr. Natalia Kanem is an international advocate for women’s and children's health and education, with long experience in philanthropy. Her work re-examines the relationship of culture and tradition to the transformation of public health conditions for under-served people around the globe. She is a senior associate of the Lloyd Best Institute (West Indies). Dr Kanem was founding President of ELMA Philanthropies, a major services organization promoting health and education for African children.

Gerry Salole

Chairperson
Dr. Salole is chief executive of the European Foundation Centre. He holds an M.A. in economics from the University of Manchester and a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Manchester. His previous posts have included serving as representative of the Ford Foundation’s Southern Africa office, based in Johannesburg, and director of the Department of Programme Documentation and Communication of the Bernard van Leer Foundation, based in The Hague. Previously,

Bahru Zewde

Professor Zewde is an eminent historian who now serves as emeritus professor of history at Addis Ababa University. He is a founding member of the Forum for Social Studies, whose board he chaired from 1998 to 2004, and is active in the leadership of several pan-African and subregional associations and research networks. Professor Zewde also authored the seminal text A History of Modern Ethiopia 1885–1991 and Pioneers of Change in Ethiopia: The Reformist Intellectuals of the Early Twentieth
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