Videos and Messages from the Conference

Mr Théophane Nikyèma, Executive Director, ACPF

Mr Théophane Nikyèma is the Executive Director of The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) since August 1st, 2013. He has over 20 years’ experience of international development, having served in leadership positions within the United Nations System in Africa (Mali, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi) and in Asia (Vietnam and Nepal). His previous appointments include UNICEF Representative a.i. in Mali (2012), UNDP Resident Representative, UN Resident Coordinator, Designated Official, and Humanitarian Coordinator in Uganda (2006-2012), UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa (2003-2006), and UNICEF Country Representative in Rwanda (2000-2003).

He holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Graduate School of Management of Claremont Graduate University, USA.

Mrs Graça Machel, Chairperson of the International Board of Trustees, ACPF

Mrs Graça Machel is a renowned international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and has been a social and political activist over many decades. She is a former freedom fighter and was the first Education Minister of Mozambique. Her contributions to the Africa Progress Panel, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Millennium Development Goals Advocacy Group and the High-Level Panel on Post 2015 Development Agenda, have been widely appreciated. She is a member of The Elders, Girls Not Brides, Board Chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health, African Ambassador for A Promised Renewed, President of SOAS, University of London, Chancellor of the University of Cape Town, Board Chair of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes, President of the Foundation for Community Development, founder of the Zizile Institute for Child Development.

As Founder of the newly established Graça Machel Trust, she has focused more recently on advocating for women’s economic and financial empowerment, education for all, an end to child marriage, food security and nutrition, and promoting democracy and good governance.

Imam Alhajie Ousman Jah, Amirul Hajj, Republic of The Gambia

Imam Alhajie Ousman Jah is the Amirul Hajj of the Republic of Gambia. He served as the Information and Cultural Secretary of the Gambian League of Arabic and Islamic scholars; he served as the Daw’ah and Iftah of Ummu’l Qura Islamic Foundation; he served as the Information and Culture Secretary of the Sheikh Mass Kah Islamic Foundation; he served as the Secretary General of Fass Omar Saho Islamic Cooperative Society. Imam Alhajie Ousman Jah is a Founding member International Council for Islamic Information (ICII). During these activities, he contributed to the social development of the Gambia. He has been actively involved in Daw'ah activities both in the Gambia and abroad. He has conducted regular television and radio programs on religious and social matters for several years on the National Radio and Television (GRTS) and other private radio stations in the country.

He has also done extensive research in several areas which are not yet published including some areas in Islamic Banking and Zakat. Imam Alhajie Ousman Jah works to bring harmony and unity among Muslim Ummah, advocating religious tolerance and interfaith dialogue.

Bishop Michael Msonganzila, Bishop of Musoma, United Republic of Tanzania

Bishop Michael Msonganzila is the Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Musoma. He was born on 17th July 1956 at Ukiliguru, Mwanza Region, Tanzania. He was ordained into Priesthood on 2nd December 1984 and consecrated bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Musoma on 20th January 2008. He holds a Doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Urbaniana University, Rome. Before his appointment as Bishop of Musoma, Bishop Michael Msonganzila served in a number of pastoral roles including Parish Apostolate, Lecturer at Peramiho Senior Seminary, Corporate Counsel at St. Augustine University of Tanzania and National Director of Pontifical Mission Societies in Tanzania.

Bishop Michael Msonganzila has been actively involved in the fight against Gender Based Violence and crimes against women and children for a long time. Right at the beginning of his episcopacy as new bishop of Musoma he put the Fight against Female Genital Mutilation at the top of his pastoral priorities. As an outcome, now stands a Non Govermental Organisation dedicated to terminate female genital mutilation (ATFGM) that operates in the area mostly affected by the practise. Moreover he has established shelters in Musoma where children who flee from harmful traditions that propagate early marriage and diverse forms of discrimination are being hosted and given access to education and rehabilitation. Lately, in cooperation with Graca Machel, he has formed the Mara Alliance, an association of Non Govermental Organisation, Leaders of religious denominations in the Region and other stake holders to strengthen the fight against forced childhood marriages in the Region. Currently the Mara Alliance in collaboration with the Graca Machel Trust and the Government of Tanzania in Mara region is implementing a project on retaining 20,000 out of school children in the Region.

Dr Assefa Bequele, Distinguished Fellow, ACPF

Dr Assefa Bequele is the Founder and former Executive Director of The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF). He is a Distinguished Fellow of ACPF. He has long years of service in the United Nations system (ILO, Geneva, Asia and Africa).

He has devoted most of his professional life to the promotion of the rights and welfare of children, especially the progressive elimination of child labour. He was responsible for many years for the design, development and management of the ILO’s International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) – the world’s premier technical programme on child labour – and the development of the ILO’s Convention on the Worst Forms of Child Labour (Convention No. 182). Dr Assefa has extensive experience in university teaching in both Ethiopia and the USA and is the author of many publications and articles on child rights and economic development. Dr Assefa holds a Ph.D. in Economics.

Dr Najat Maalla M'jid, Member, International Board of Trustees of ACPF Special Rapporteur on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution, and Child Pornography (2008-2014) 

Dr Najat Maalla M’jid served as the ‘UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography’ for two terms from 2008 to 2014. 

Dr Maalla M’jid is a medical doctor in Paediatrics, who has been involved for the past three decades in the protection of vulnerable children. She is a member of the Moroccan National Council on Human Rights, and the founder of the non-governmental organisation BAYTI, the first programme addressing the situation of children living and working in the streets in Morocco. Dr Najat Maalla M’jid also works as Expert-Consultant for national and international projects, strategies and policies relating to child rights’ promotion and protection. She has notably been involved in the drafting of studies on the condition of children victims of violence, abuse and exploitation; children living in the streets; institutionalised children; unaccompanied migrant children; children workers; children deprived of parental care, etc. She participated in the development of national policies on the protection of the child, and has worked with several governments, non-governmental and inter-governmental organisations. Dr Najat Maalla M’jid also works as lecturer in Moroccan and international universities on child rights protection, promotion, programming and monitoring, as well as social and development policies. She is also involved in the training of social workers, law enforcement, teachers, judges, and medical staff. She is a member of several international non-governmental organisations and networks working for children’s rights. She has received numerous international awards dedicated to children’s rights.

Dr Shimelis Tsegaye, Head, Child Development and Protection Programme, ACPF 

Dr Shimelis Tsegaye is the Head of the Child Protection and Development Programme at the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), responsible for programmes related to child protection, family empowerment, violence against children, child-headed households and disability. Dr Shimelis has coordinated and co-authored two editions of the African Report on Child Wellbeing (ARCW) – a pan-African report covering 52 African countries, as well as the African Report on Violence against Children (ARVAC) and the African Report on Children with Disabilities. He is also the author of a number of research reports on various issues, including on disability, child survival, child protection, child poverty and child wellbeing.

Dr Shimelis holds a Master’s degree in Educational Administration from the Addis Ababa University and a degree of Doctor of Education from the University of South Africa (UNISA).

Ms Vicky Ntetema, Executive Director, Under The Same Sun, Tanzania

Vicky Ntetema is the former BBC Bureau Chief –Tanzania, joined Under The Same Sun (UTSS) as Executive Director of the Tanzania office after over 18 years with BBC World Service. It was her story, at great risk to herself, which broke the albinism crisis in Tanzania to the world. Vicky loves her homeland and fellow citizens deeply and is quickly becoming the “Mother Teresa” of persons with albinism (PWA) there.

She yearns for her people to live in the kind of peace that Tanzania claims for itself as “The Island of Peace” located between war-torn neighbouring countries. In her combat against the “white & black” discrimination, Vicky lives with threats (including death threats) and misunderstanding from some of her fellow countrymen as she seeks to ensure that both pigmented and non-pigmented citizens understand one another. Vicky was nominated for the 2010 Courage in Journalism Award by the International Women’s Media Foundation. In October of 2010 she was honoured in New York City, N.Y., and Los Angeles, California. The Tanzania Women of Achievement Award in the Information and Communication category was presented to Vicky on March 28, 2013. The Innovation Award was presented to Vicky on July 19, 2015, by Dream Success Enterprises of Tanzania for her investigative work relating to witchdoctors' involvement in the killings of persons with albinism.

Prof Joseph Tonda, Omar Bongo University, Libreville, Gabon

Joseph Tonda (born 1952) is a sociologist and anthropologist of Congolese and Gabonese background. He is a specialist of Congolese and Gabonese culture, society, and politics, and is currently professor of sociology at the University of Omar Bongo in Libreville. He is also a regular visiting instructor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris, France.

Tonda received his doctorate at the University of Grenoble in France and his Habilitation in 2003 at the EHESS. He is the author of Le souverain moderne (The Modern Sovereign), an analysis of the modern state in central equatorial Africa, its corporeal structure as an all-encompassing and "composite" power, whose sexualised imagery lies at the heart of its violent nature after independence.

Tonda's areas of specialisation include the anthropology of religion, of medicine, and of the cults of the body in modern central Africa. He has also written on the relationship between violence, power, and the imaginary in central Africa. He is one of the founding members of the Association, RuptureSolidarité, a network of Congolese dissident intellectuals.

Prof Tilahun Teshome, Professor of Law, Addis Ababa University

Prof Tilahun Teshome holds a Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.) degree from AAU.
He worked as a legal expert at the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia until March 1983 after which he served as a judge of the Special High Court and then as a judge and presiding judge of the Supreme Court of Ethiopia for nearly ten years. Professor Tilahun was engaged by the AAU as a full-time faculty member in January 1993 and has taught several courses both in the undergraduate and graduate programmes of the Faculty of Law.

He has likewise supervised numerous LL.B. and LL.M thesis both at the Addis Ababa University and for Universities outside Ethiopia. In addition to the many assignments he was entrusted with by the University Administration, he has served as the Dean of the Faculty of Law from 1996 to 2001, Secretary of the University Senate and its Executive Committee for more than four years and as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Ethiopian Law for several years. Professor Tilahun has extensively written and published on the different aspects of Ethiopian law at home and abroad, including his widely read book on the Basic Principles of Ethiopian Contract Law, the copyright of which he donated to the Faculty of Law.

Professor Tilahun was a member of the International Board of Trustees of the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), the African Law Association, the International Society of Family Law and the Ethiopian Bar Association. He has been research fellow at Northwestern University in Chicago, U.S.A., and the University of Bayreuth, Germany. He has also been awarded Certificates of Merit and Appreciation from organisations at home and abroad, including the Addis Ababa Chamber of Commerce, the Mayor of the City of Detroit, U.S.A. and the American Bar Association.

Dr Agnes Akosua Aidoo, member, the Administrative Council of the International Board of Trustees of ACPF ; Rapporteur, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2007-2013) 

Dr Agnes Akosua Aidoo is a specialist in policy advocacy on children’s and women’s rights. She was Vice-Chairperson and Rapporteur of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2007-2013). She holds a Ph.D. in History and Social Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). For 10 years she worked as a Lecturer in History at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and Assistant Professor of History and African Studies at UCLA. 

Dr Aidoo has had 21 years work experience in the United Nations in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. She is a former Gender and Social Policy Adviser at the UN Economic Commission for Africa and a former UNICEF global Senior Adviser on Women and Girls’ Development and UNICEF Representative in Tanzania. She has carried out research, published and provided advisory services to governments, United Nations System and NGOs on early childhood development, poverty, vulnerability and exclusion of children, youth and women, and poverty reduction strategies in Africa. She is a Trustee of the Ghana National Partnership for Children’s Trust that focuses on education, health and sanitation for disadvantaged children. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, and supported the Africa Network of International Women’s Empowerment Research Consortium and Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT).

H.E. Ambassador Olawale Maiyegun, Director, Department of Social Affairs, AU

Dr. Olawale Maiyegun is the Director of the Social Affairs Department of the African Union Commission. 

He is a Public Policy specialist with expertise in Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, Narcotic Drugs and Terrorism, as well as Corruption and Governance-related issues. His academic background includes a PhD in Public Policy and Administration and a Master’s degree in International Law & Diplomacy. Ambassador Maiyegun began his career in the Nigerian Diplomatic Service in 1983, and he has a vast experience in bilateral and multilateral diplomacy and negotiation of multilateral treaties. He was the Director/Head of Section of Organized Crime, Money Laundering, Narcotic Drugs and Terrorism at the Nigerian Foreign Ministry before joining the African Union Commission in October 2009.

He has worked closely with civil society organisations on a variety of issues ranging from drug use, HIV/AIDS among injecting drug users, to support for victims of human trafficking, especially women and children and victims of crime in general, as well as maternal, newborn and child health.

Mr Peter Vrooman, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i., the Embassy of the United States of America to Ethiopia

Peter Vrooman is a career member of the Senior Foreign Service. He began his career in 1991. His most recent posting was as the Spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi. Prior to that assignment, Peter worked as a Director for Iraq on the staff of the National Security Council. He was Deputy Political Counselor in Tel Aviv and at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations, where he also served as an Advisor on the Middle East. Peter has also worked at the U.S. embassies in Beirut, Baghdad, and Djibouti as well as the U.S. Liaison Office in Mogadishu, Somalia. In Washington, Peter was a Watch Officer in the Department of State’s Operations Center and the Desk Officer for Algeria in the Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs.

A native of New York State, Peter graduated from Harvard College with an A.B. in Social Studies and also spent a year on a Rotary Foundation scholarship at the Institute d’Études Politiques de Paris (“Sciences Po”). He received an M.S. in National Resource Strategy from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces, now known as the Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Peter worked as the special assistant to the President of the American University in Cairo.

Ms Marta Santos Pais, the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children

Ms Marta Santos Pais was appointed as Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG) on May 1st, 2009, and took up her position on September 1st, 2009. As a high level global independent advocate, Marta Santos Pais promotes the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children in the justice setting, in the home, in institutional care, in schools, in the workplace and in the community. She acts as a bridge builder in all regions, and across sectors and settings where violence against children may occur.

Since her appointment, she has been strongly committed to mobilising action and political support to maintain momentum around this agenda and to achieve steady progress across the world. Marta Santos Pais has more than 30 years’ experience on human rights issues, engagement in United Nations and intergovernmental processes. She is the author of a large number of publications on human rights and children's rights. Before her appointment as SRSG on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais was the Director of the UNICEF Innocenti Research Centre, a position she held since 2001. She joined UNICEF in 1997 as Director of Evaluation, Policy and Planning. Previously, she was the Rapporteur of the Committee on the Rights of the Child and Vice-Chair of the Coordinating Committee on Childhood Policies of the Council of Europe. She was a Special Adviser to the UN Study on Violence against Children and to the Machel Study on the Impact of Armed Conflict on Children. She was also a member of the UN Drafting Group of the 1989 Convention on the Rights of the Child and of its Optional Protocols and participated in the development of other key international human rights standards.

Mr Mohammadou Lamine Cissé, President, AfricaWide Movement for Children (AMC)

Mr Mohamadou Lamine Cissé is the President of the AfricaWide Movement for Children (AMC). He is a human rights activist and expert on matters of children deprived of liberty and the current Administrator of the International Observatory for Democracy and the Prevention of Crisis and Conflict (OIDEC), as well as the country representative of the Frederich Naumann Foundation in Mali since 2013 for the management of special funds as part of the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ support to Mali’s stability.

Previously the Executive Secretary of the Africa Bureau of “Envarts SOS Déshérité International” from 1997 to 2010, an NGO reaching 23 African, he was in charge of humanitarian affairs for the Envarts International office based in London, UK. Prior to this, he was in charge of humanitarian affairs in the office of Envarts International in London, UK. He has also served as a deputy representative of the International Committee of the Red Cross in Lisbon, Portugal.

Mr Cisse is the honorary president since 2014 after presiding it for 10 years of the Malian Coalition for the Defence of the Rights of the Child (CMDRC) that has a membership of 102 national and international organisations. He also served as Vice President of the International Observatory of Prisons (IOP) Office that is based in Lima (Peru), up until 2015. He is a member of the committee to monitor the regional agreement of collaboration to fight interstate child trafficking between Mali, Senegal, Guinea, Niger, Burkina Faso, and Côte d'Ivoire. Mr Cissé is also a member of the National High Council for the Fight against AIDS, which is chaired by the President of the Republic of Mali.

Mrs Coumba Gawlo Seck, Goodwill Ambasaddor, Artist, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Performer

Born in Senegal, Coumba Gawlo started singing at an early age. In 1998, the single “Pata Pata” became the summer hit in Europe, which earned her several distinctions in Senegal and worldwide. Her success made her an ambassador of the African culture. She works closely with several UN agencies, such as UNICEF, UNFPA, UNODC, UNHCR, UNDP and UN Women, and with international NGOs such as Intra Health, Ashinaga and Plan International. As a Goodwill Ambassador,
she raises awareness on issues such as the living conditions of orphans in Africa, education and poverty, smuggling of migrants, trafficking in persons, etc. She is especially committed to the cause of children, women, and the poor.

Mrs Leah Najjemba Agaba, Programme Manager, Kyampisi Childcare Ministries, Uganda

Leah Najjemba Wamala Agaba is the Programs Manager of Kyampisi Childcare Ministries since 2015, an NGO that works with survivors of attempted child sacrifice in Uganda. She has been involved in managing the orgarnisation, rescuing and rehabilitation of child sacrifice victims, as well as finding justice for the affected families for two years now. Besides working with children, Leah has also worked as an IT consultant in Realtech Systems where she has developed IT systems for Government institutions like Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB), Ministry of Local Government (MoLG), Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs (MOJCA), as well as other orgarnisations like United Nations Development program (UNDP) and Kyampisi Childcare Ministries. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Degree from Makerere University in Uganda.

Ms Zemi Yenus, Autism Activist, Founder and Executive Director, Nia Foundation

Ms Zemi Yenus is the Founder and Executive Director of Nia Foundation. She has pioneered the movement to change society’s awareness and treatment of children with autism and other developmental disorders and their families in Ethiopia.

The mother of an autistic son, she leads the Nia Foundation and the Joy Center for Children with Autism, which she founded in 2002, recognising the desperate need to end the stigma, exclusion and physical confinement that afflicted autistic youngsters in Ethiopia. Previously the founder of the country’s first licensed beauty school in 1996, Zemi’s work prior to establishing the Nia Foundation, focused on helping young women pursue careers in beauty skills and helping commercial sex workers change their professions.

Mr Bob Ransom, Advisor, The African Disability Forum

Mr Bob Ransom is founder and Senior Advisor at the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD), a local civil society organisation established in Ethiopia in 2005. ECDD promotes and facilitates organisational capacity building for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in mainstream government service delivery and NGO development projects in Ethiopia. Mr Ransom is a former Senior Disability Specialist with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) covering Africa and the Caribbean (1986‐2005).

During his ILO career, he provided technical guidance on the training and employment of persons with disabilities to governments and civil society organisations in over 35 countries in Africa and some 10 countries in the Caribbean. He also managed a number of ILO technical cooperation projects covering vocational skills training, community‐based rehabilitation and small enterprise development implemented by both government agencies and non‐governmental organisations (NGOs). From 1998 to 2002, Mr Ransom was Deputy Director of the ILO Office in Ethiopia. Prior to joining ILO, he was International Program Director for Goodwill Industries International (19781985), the largest private sector employer of persons with disabilities in the U.S.

Mr Ian Mashingaidze, Regional Programme Development Director, SOS-Children Village International

Ian Mashingaidze is the Programme Development Director for the East and Southern Africa Region of SOS Children’s Villages International.

Ian has over thirty years of practical experience in development planning and management in East and Southern Africa, and worked for a range of organizations in varied positons. These include being Project Director for Beyond 2015, a global civil society campaign that helped shape Agenda 2030 on SDGs; a Programme Manager for the Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources Policy Analysis Network; Regional Director (Southern Africa) for Oxfam America; Regional HIV/Aids Technical Advisor to the Southern Africa Regional Bureau of the UN World Food Program; and Country Programme Manager in Zimbabwe for ActionAid International.

In addition, he managed the preparation of a US$60 million World Bank funded Community Action Project under the Government of Zimbabwe’s Poverty Alleviation Action Programme as well as preparation of a World Bank supported US$100 million Enhanced Social Protection Strategy for the Government of Zimbabwe. Ian holds a MSc degree in Rural and Urban Planning and a BA Honours degree in Geography from University of Zimbabwe, and several certificates in Construction Management, Management Development and Development Planning (Housing Project Design and Evaluation).

Mr David McDonald, Deputy Regional Director, Plan International - Eastern and Southern Africa

Mr David McDonald is the Deputy Regional Director of Plan International, Eastern and Southern Africa. He was previously the Deputy Regional Director for Plan International’s West Africa Office from 2011 to 2014. In his role, he provided high quality management support and direction to Country Directors across the region and ensured consistency across country, regional and global programme ambition and delivery. He also supported the alignment of Plan advocacy, programming and campaigning work, and maximised the effectiveness of the advisory capacity in promoting high quality programme design and implementation. Mr McDonald also developed and maintained effective links with senior head office based staff in areas of monitoring, evaluation and impact measurement, business compliance, programme management and information systems development.

With over 20 years of experience in the International Development field in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Mr McDonald’s interests lie in building strategically focused and high impact programmes through the creation of clear strategies, highly effective teams, strong knowledge management systems and the full utilisation of broad, synergistic organisational networks.

Ms Kathryn Leslie, Child Protection Specialist, Office of the UN SRSG-VAC

Ms. Kathryn Leslie is a Child Protection Specialist at the Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Violence against Children since 2014. Before her post to this office, she served as a Child Protection Specialist with UNICEF in Tanzania and previously was in the Department of Foreign Affairs at Irish Aid.
Prior to that she worked in civil society on short term assignments with SERVE (Ireland) and World Vision (Bosnia). She has a Bachelor of Political Science in Government and Public Policy (UCC) and a Master of Arts in Peace and Development Studies (UL).

Ms Ramatou Toure, Senior Child Protection Specialist, WCARO UNICEF 

Ramatou Toure is the current Regional Senior Child Protection Specialist for UNICEF West and Central Africa Regional Office located in Dakar. In her capacity she oversees and provides strategic direction and guidance on UNICEF programmes addressing Violence against Children and Harmful Practices in 24 countries across West and Central Africa. Prior to this position, she was the UNICEF Chief of the Child Protection programme in Rwanda from 2012 to 2016. Ramatou Toure also served as a Child Protection Specialist in the Democratic Republic of Congo in Kinshasa and Lubumbashi from 2008 to 2011. From 2006 to 2008 she worked in the 

Global Emergency Office at UNICEF Headquarters in New York, USA, as a Policy and Advocacy Officer in charge of children affected by armed conflict. Before joining UNICEF, she worked with government institutions and non-governmental organizations across Europe and Africa.A national of France and Mali Ramatou holds a Master’s Degree in International Economics, a Master’s Degree in International Development as well as a Master’s Degree in African Political Sciences.

Mr Salim Amin, Founder and Chairman of The Mohamed Amin Foundation, and Co-Founder and Chairman of A24 Media

Salim Amin is Chairman of Camerapix, Founder and Chairman of The Mohamed Amin Foundation, and Co-Founder and Chairman of A24 Media. As Executive Producer and Presenter, Amin finished a documentary chronicling his father's life in March 2006 entitled “MO & ME”, which has won 15 awards for best documentary in the United States, Canada, India and Africa, including the Grand Jury Award at the New York International Film Festival.

In 2008, Amin launched Africa 24 Media, Africa's first online agency for video and stills content. He is a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and a Member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In 2010, Amin was one of only 150 people from around the world invited by US President Barack Obama to the Presidential Entrepreneurship Summit in Washington, DC.

Mr Eric Chinje, CEO, African Media Initiative 

Mr Eric Chinje is the CEO of African Media Initiative (AMI). Mr Chinje was appointed CEO on 1st July 2014. Before taking up his position at AMI, Eric served as Senior Advisor at the KRL International LLC, a Washingtonbased consultancy specialising in the emerging markets. Prior to that, he was the Director for Strategic Communications at the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, a position he took up at the start of 2012. He was the World Bank's Communications Manager for Africa; he also led the Global Development Program at the World Bank Institute (WBI) and, in that capacity, launched the IMAGE (Independent Media for Accountability, Governance and Empowerment) capacity building program for development journalists in the Bank’s client countries.

Mr Chinje spent four years at the African Development Bank in Tunis as head of that institution’s External Affairs and Communications Unit. He studied at the Universities of Yaounde (Cameroon), Syracuse (New York) and Harvard (Cambridge, Massachusetts). Other previous positions include journalistic activities, e.g. as Editor in Chief of Cameroon Television and contributing Reporter for CNN World Report. Eric Chinje has received several awards and distinctions. Mr Chinje is an Officer of the Cameroon Order of Merit and an Officer of the Dutch Order of Orange Nassau

Mr Daniel Furnad, COO and Senior Executive Producer at A24 Media

Daniel Furnad is the COO and Senior Executive Producer at A24 Media based in Nairobi, Kenya. Mr Furnad spent ten years at CNN as an assignment editor and producer, traveling on the 1988 and 1992 US Presidential campaign, as well as covering the 1991 Gulf war from several locations in the Middle East. He started AP Television’s North American operations from their inception in 1994 and then ran their Asian operations for 14 years from Hong Kong and Bangkok. With A24 Media he has steered them to producing content showing positive developments in Africa through the AFRICA JOURNAL news magazine program, and documentaries for CCTV NEWS’s FACES of AFRICA series, in addition to many other factual programs.