Founding Members

Dr. Tade Akin Aina

Dr. Tade Akin Aina

Tade Akin Aina is Executive Director of the Partnership for African Social and Governance Research (PASGR – Kenya). Formerly he was Program Director of Higher Education and Libraries in Africa for the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He studied sociology at the University of Lagos and the London School of Economics and obtained his PhD from the University of Sussex, UK. Dr. Aina was appointed full Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Lagos in 1993.

He served as the Deputy Executive Secretary of the Dakar, Senegal- based Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa(CODESRIA) from 1993 to 1998. From 1998 to 2008 he worked in the Nairobi office of the Ford Foundation. He is an author, co-author, Editor and Co-Editor of eleven books and monographs and recently co-edited, with Bhekinkosi Moyo, the volume Giving to Help, Helping to Give: The Context and Politics of African Philanthropy (Amalion, 2013).

Prof. Yahaya Hashim

Prof. Yahaya Hashim

Yahaya Hashim is a Nigerian Social Entrepreneur. He initially trained at the Zaria Business School where he obtained a BSc and an MBA from the premier University in Northern Nigeria - Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria. He later went to the Netherlands to read Development Studies and obtained a Masters and a PhD from the International Institute of Social Studies, Erasmus University in The Hague, The Netherlands.

He has worked in different fields ranging from investment analysis to Nigerian and African trade unions. Yahaya Hashim is currently the co-founder and coordinator of a non-profit social enterprise in Kano – dRPC – development Research and Projects Centre. The Centre is dedicated to fighting for social Justice and against marginalization and social exclusion. He was also a co-founder and first Executive Director of the Centre for Research & Documentation in Kano, a pioneering non-profit formed by social movement activists to protect academic freedoms and human rights at the peak of General Abacha’s dictatorship in Nigeria. Dr. Hashim has also taught part time at the Bayero University, done teaching assistance at the ISS in the Hague and at the University of Leiden. He also taught at the Kano Polytechnic and has undertaken research, programming studies, community rapid assessments for International development organizations and International NGOs.

Yahaya Hashim has served as adviser to some civil society organizations and as board member to others as well as a member of steering committees of major national development programs. Since his student union days he has moved to trade union activism, women’s right movement and now to civil society/NGO activism thus linking the old and the new social movements. Yahaya Hashim’s current intervention interest is in the areas of development research, public health especially reproductive health, education, governance, state-society relations and social conflicts.

Dr. Osman Gbla

Dr. Osman Gbla

Dr. Osman Gbla is currently Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He is also Founder of the Centre for Development and Security Analysis (CEDSA) Sierra Leone and Chairman of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) National Governing Council (NGC) of Sierra Leone. I was also Dean, Faculty of Social Sciences and Law, and Head, Department of Political Science , Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.

I hold a Bachelor of Arts (B.A), Master of Science In Economics (M.Sc.Econ) and a Doctor of Philosophy (P.hD) from Fourah bay College, University of Sierra Leone. I also received an Advanced Diploma in International Conflict Resolution from Uppsala University in Sweden. I was a Lead Consultant to many post-war development programmes in Sierra Leone, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda. I was the first Lead Training Facilitator of the Executive Management Course: Managing Peace and Security in Africa (MPSA1) of the University of Addis Ababa and the African Union.

I have over the years individually and collaboratively carried out research and consultancy works in the areas of peace, security and governance in Africa for many multilateral, regional and sub-regional organizations like the United Nations, the World Bank, the African Union (AU), the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), the African Capacity Building Foundation (ACBF), the German International Cooperation (GIZ) and the Department for International Development (DFID). Conference paper presentations were also made in countries like the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Austria and in many African countries.

Some of my publications include: Gbla, Osman, 2013, Governance Challenges of Sierra Leone in Cassandra Veney and Dick Simpson, ed, 2013, African Democracy and Development : Challenges for Post-Conflict African Nations ( Lexington Books ); Gbla, Osman, 2013, Security Sector Governance and Conflict in Sierra Leone in Abdul Raufu Mustapaha, ed, 2013,Conflicts and Security in West Africa ( Lagos: Malthouse Press Limited).

Dr. Esi E. Ansah

Dr. Esi E. Ansah

Dr. Esi Ansah is a founding partner and the current CEO of Axis Human Capital Ltd. She uses Axis as a platform to provide mentoring, career and life coaching to students and young professionals. Esi is a licensed Insights Discovery practitioner who uses the Insights Discovery (personality profile) system in performance, and leadership coaching. Dr. Ansah is also an Assistant Professor at Ashesi University College Esi teaches classes including Leadership, Negotiation and Human Resource Management.

Esi is active in her community and currently serves as the Executive Director of two nonprofit organizations – the Paul A. V. Ansah (PAVA) Memorial Foundation and the Association of Ghana’s Elders (AGE), which she co-founded. Esi is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Africa Leadership Initiative - West Africa (ALIWA), and was in July 2015 appointed as a member of the West Africa Board. She was honored by the New York-based The Network Journal (TNJ) as one of the journal’s “Forty under Forty” African Achievers in 2010.

Esi’s academic and professional/career interests include Service Delivery Systems, Service Quality, Human Capital Development, Social Entrepreneurship and Public Sector Reform. She earned her Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, International Affairs and French from the Florida State University, graduating with three Bachelor’s degrees in three years cum laude (with honors). She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago and a Master of Science degree in Public Service Management from DePaul University in Chicago. She holds a PhD in Public Administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey.

Mr. John Harvey

Mr. John Harvey

John Harvey holds more than 20 years’ professional experience in global philanthropy and is a passionate and respected advocate for its advancement. As founding principal of Global Philanthropy Services, John works in partnership with foundations and other philanthropy-focused clients to develop and execute creative, cost-efficient and effective solutions to the challenges they face as advocates for social change. John recently launched the Grantee Experience and Insight Review, a grantee-centered evaluation program for foundations.

Prior, John served as Managing Director for Global Philanthropy at the Council on Foundations, where, among other achievements, he led professional development programming and a successful advocacy effort aimed at simplifying IRS rules on cross-border grantmaking. John served for 10 years as founding Executive Director of Grantmakers Without Borders (now EDGE Funders Alliance), a social justice funders’ network. There, John oversaw the organization’s advancement from start-up to respected leader promoting global social change philanthropy and the practice behind it. John is co-founder of New England International Donors, whose aim is to increase the quantity and quality of global giving originating from New England. John serves on the editorial board of Alliance magazine and writes for this journal on global philanthropy and social investment.

Dr. Seidu Alidu

Dr. Seidu Alidu

Dr. Seidu Alidu is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Department of Political Science. He is also an adjunct lecturer at the Centre for Social Policy Studies at the University of Ghana; a Donahue Institute Scholar on United States political thought at the University of Massachusetts in the United States. He has worked closely with and for numerous policy think tanks including the Partnership for African Social Governance and Research based in Nairobi Kenya; Centre for International Development Issues Nijmegen based in Netherlands; the Institute for Democratic Governance; the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung; the Ghana Armed Forces Command and Staff College, and the German-African Governance Partnership Organization. He has published widely, and presented conference papers on different specialization areas including conflict resolution, democratization and governance, transitional justice, civil society and social policy, as well as human rights.

Dr. Franklin Oduro

Dr. Franklin Oduro

Dr. Franklin Oduro has over 15 years of experience in civil society, democracy and governance work in Ghana and in Africa as a whole. Dr. Oduro started his democracy promotion career with the Accra-based Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), a research and policy advocacy center. Dr. Oduro is presently the Head of Research and Programs and Deputy Director at the Center. Dr. Oduro has consulted for the Washington DC-based National Democratic Institute (NDI) on elections; served as NDI’s Senior Resident Program Manager for Nigeria during the 2011 general elections, and again provided technical assistance to the Nigerian civil society group, Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), during the 2015 Nigerian election.

Dr. Oduro holds a PhD in political science from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, specializing in comparative politics and public policy analysis. He also has a post-graduate certificate in comparative transitional justice from the University of Cape Town, South Africa. Dr. Oduro research interests include civil society and elections (election monitoring and observation), post-transition politics of human rights accountability/transitional justice/truth commission processes, public administration and policy analysis, and African political thought. Dr Oduro has published in the Citizenship Studies, The International Journal of Human Rights, Journal of African Elections, Encyclopedia of Transitional Justice, Journal of Human Rights, and International Journal of Transitional Justice among others.

Biography of Dr. Pinkie Mekgwe

Dr. Pinkie Mekgwe is International IDEA’s Senior Regional Adviser for Africa and West Asia and her work focuses on strengthening programmatic and administrative coherence and performance. Before joining International IDEA in 2018, she was Executive Director of Internationalism at the University of Johannesburg for the past six years. She also previously served as Deputy Director at the Office of International Education and Partnerships of the University of Botswana and as Programme Officer for the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA). Previously she was a lecturer at the University of Botswana, visiting researcher at the Witwatersrand Institute of Social and Economic Research, and a visiting lecturer at Malmö University in Sweden.

Biography of Ms. Kareman Shoair

Ms. Kareman Shoair has a Masters degree (MA) in Economics from the American University of Cairo in Egypt. She is an Adjunct Faculty in the American University of Cairo’s Economics Department and a Research Manager at the John D. Gerhart Centre for Philanthropy and Civic Engagement. She is also a board member for the Arab Foundations Forum (AFF).

Biography of Dr. Esi Ansah

Dr. Esi Ansah is a founding partner and the current CEO of Axis Human Capital Ltd. She is an Assistant Professor at Ashesi University College. Esi is active in her community and currently serves as the Executive Director of two non-profit organizations – the Paul A. V. Ansah (PAVA) Memorial Foundation and the Association of Ghana’s Elders (AGE), which she co-founded. She is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Africa Leadership Initiative – West Africa (ALIWA) and was in July 2015 appointed as a member of the West Africa Board. She was honoured by the New York-based The Network Journal (TNJ) as one of the journal’s “Forty under Forty” African Achievers in 2010.

Biography of Mr, David Kode

David Kode is the Advocacy and Campaigns Lead for CIVICUS, a global alliance of civil society organisations and activists dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world. In the past, he has worked with the organisation as a Policy and Research Officer. He has worked with UNICEF South Africa in the Office of the Deputy Representative. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science from the University of Buea, Cameroon and a Masters Degree in International Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.

Biography of Dr. Godwin Murunga

Dr. Godwin Murunga is a historian and political analyst of Kenyan origin. He is the Executive Secretary of CODESRIA. He has lectured at the Institute of Development Studies of the University of Nairobi. He was the director of the Africa Leadership Centre in Nairobi. He was a member of the Executive Committee of CODESRIA for two consecutive terms (2005-2011). Dr. Murunga has many years of robust scholarship under his belt, evidenced by the incisive analysis that characterized his numerous scholarly publications. He also has valuable teaching and management experience and a deep knowledge of the higher education landscape in Africa.

Biography of Dr. Ijeoma Nwagwu

Dr. Ijeoma Nwagwu earned her doctorate in Law (S.J.D) and Masters in Law (L.L.M) degrees from Harvard Law School and was awarded the Landon H. Gammon prize for academic excellence. After attending the Nigerian Law School, Ijeoma worked as legal counsel for the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), where she also produced documentaries on law, human rights, and development themes with Channels Television, Lagos and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA). Ijeoma taught International Trade Law and Human Rights at St. Mary’s University College, London and was on the research team for the World Bank Assisted Science and Technology Education Post-Basic (STEP-B) project in Nigeria. She has also conducted research training for the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in Senegal. Ijeoma is a member of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Biography of Dr. Bhekinkosi Moyo

Dr. Bhekinkosi Moyo is a writer, author, researcher, and thought leader with keen interest in questions of African resources, democracy, and governance. He has championed the African discourse on philanthropy, contributed to the growth of many African civil society formations and has taken part in most of the continental processes of development and governance. He has written extensively on African philanthropy, civil society, and governance. Equally, he has gained considerable experience in management, leadership, and strategic roles over a significant period.

Profile of Shaninomi Eribo

Shani began his development sector career in 2011 leading rotating multicultural teams on face to face fundraising campaigns across the entire NorthEast of Scotland on behalf charities such as Oxfam, Marie Curie Cancer Care, and the Anthony Nolan Trust. Prior to that, he successfully managed the delivery of high-end residential and hospitality development projects valued at over $50M along the Lekki corridor.

He joined ActionAid in 2013 where he drew on fundraising experiences acquired in the UK to drive the launch and implementation of ActionAid’s structured individual regular giving fundraising program; a ‘first-of-its-kind’ by an international charity in Nigeria which sought to raise unrestricted funds locally. This in addition

In 2016, he joined the Nigerian Economic Summit Group (NESG); Nigeria’s leading member based business policy advocacy organization as Donor Relations & Fundraising Manager where he initiated the development of the organizational strategy for 2016-2018, in addition to supporting the hosting of several events including its flagship annual Nigerian Economic Summit, and driving fundraising across its 9 active policy commissions covering economic sectors ranging from Agriculture and Food Security, to Science and Technology.

He has also provided fundraising consultancy services to indigenous NGO’s including recently working with an agricultural technology start up funded by Propcom Maikarfi to define its business and revenue models.

He holds an MSc in Corporate Communications & Public Affairs from the Aberdeen Business School in Scotland, and a BSc in Estate Management from the Obafemi Awolowo University in Ile-ife, Nigeria. He also holds a PRINCE2 Foundation certificate in Project Management and has benefitted from several in-house trainings in Rigorous Programme Management delivered by the Boston Consulting Group in Lagos, as well as several fundraising trainings covering individuals, corporates’ and institutions in Aberdeen, Bangkok and Johannesburg.

He is passionate about protecting people and the environment, and enjoys reading, listening to world music, playing chess, pool, and travelling.

Profile of Amina T. Banu

Amina T. Banu is a media producer. She has worked across the media industry for almost a decade in the UAE and Nigeria in writing, editing, public relations, online content creation, and filmmaking. She began her professional life in the Marketing and Public Relations industry in 2013 in Dubai, UAE. Most notably, she worked for a boutique public relations firm – The PR Professionals where she was tasked with communications, client relations, and talent and event management. Since then she has honed her skills in communication, media production, and event management across industries from fashion to IT.

She has also had experiences in the civil society sector in Nigeria. In 2015 in Abuja, Nigeria, Amina headed a social media team with the Youth Initiative for Advocacy Growth and Advancement (YIAGA) during Nigeria’s presidential and gubernatorial elections. In the run up to the election she worked as YIAGA’s online content creator and co-hosted voter education radio programs.

She has a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Communications Studies and an MA in Media Production.