FOUNDATION FOR CIVIL SOCIETY (BOARD CHAIR)
Francis Kiwanga works for the Foundation for Civil Society as the Executive Director. He has vast experience in the area of civil society management, grants management, resource mobilization, philanthropy, advocacy, and governance. He is currently serving as the Board Chairman of the East Africa Philanthropy Network, and as a Board Member of the African Philanthropy Network, African Philanthropy Forum and International Grant Makers Network – WINGS.
Telephone:+255 22 2664890
GLOBAL FUND FOR COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (BOARD SECRETARY)
Jenny Hodgson has been the executive director of the Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF) since it was established in 2006 and has overseen the emergence of the GFCF as the leading global voice on community philanthropy as a core strategy for people-led development and shifting power closer to the ground.
Phone:+27 11 447 4396
Janet Naumi Mawiyoo
Janet NaumiMawiyoo is the Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF), the only public foundation in Kenya, which seeks to explore creative ways of sustaining development achievements by mobilizing resources from various sources. Previously, she worked with the Kenyan government in both the Ministry of Culture and Social Services and the Ministry of Technical Training and Applied Technology. She also worked in the technical assistance program of the Norwegian Agency for Development and with Action Aid International, where she rose from a Programme Officer in Kenya to become the Country Director of Action Aid International Tanzania.Ms. Mawiyoo holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in social work from Nairobi University, a Masters of Arts degree in development administration and management (MA-Econ) from the University of Manchester (UK), and a post-graduate diploma in organization development consultancy.
Evans Otieno Okinyi
Evans is the CEO of the East Africa Philanthropy Network.
He is a highly experienced and passionate Executive with over 7 years of progressive experience in Organizational Management, Policy Formulation & Implementation, Stakeholders & Partnerships Management, and Budgeting & Financial Management.
He holds a Masters’s degree in Economic Policy Management from the University of Nairobi and a BSc degree in Agri-Economics from Egerton University.
AFRICAN WOMEN’S DEVELOPMENT FUND
Theo Sowa is an independent advisor and consultant, and She is currently the CEO of the African Women’s Development Fund. Born in Ghana, she has lived and worked in many countries in Africa, as well as the UK, Europe, and the USA. Her work includes advisory roles to African and other international women and children’s rights activists and leaders, plus policy development and advocacy with a variety of international agencies and organizations. Theo is a board member of various national and international civil society organizations and grant-making foundations. Theo was awarded a CBE in June 2010.
Masego Madzwamuse has over 20 years of working experience in the development and social policy field. Her career background stems from conservation, environment, and development and brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge working with social movements fighting for the rights of communities. She is a social justice activist and practitioner in the development and economics space. Prior to joining the Trust as a Chief Executive, she worked at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), where she was the team leader for Economic and Social Justice Cluster.
Madzwamuse holds a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from Rhodes University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science and Sociology from the University of Botswana.
Ebrima Sall is the Executive Director of TrustAfrica, a pan African foundation based in Dakar, Senegal. He is the immediate past Executive Secretary of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA), a position he held from April 2009 to June 2017. He has also held other senior positions, including as Senior Program Officer and Head of Research at CODESRIA (2004-2009); Senior Research Fellow and Programme Coordinator at the Nordic Africa Institute in Uppsala, Sweden (2001-2004); and Director of the Centre for the Promotion of Village Savings and Credit Associations in The Gambia (1992-1994). He taught as an adjunct professor at the political science department of Gaston Berger University, in Saint-Louis, Senegal, from 1996 to 2000.
He holds a ‘Maitrise’ (MA) degree in Economic and Social Administration from the University of Grenoble II in France, a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in the Socio-economics of development, and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Paris I-Pantheon-Sorbonne. In 1992, he was promoted to the rank of ‘Maitre de Conferences’ (Associate Professor) in ‘sociology-demography’, by the National Commission of Universities of France. He was a post-doctoral fellow of Yale University’s Program in Agrarian Studies in 1997-98, and a Senior Research Fellow of the Center for African Studies, Harvard University (October 2017-February 2018).
Ebrima is the (co-)author/editor of several publications on higher education, academic freedom, the social sciences, social movements, citizenship, governance, and post-conflict transitions in Africa.
Ndanatsei Bofu-Tawamba, an African citizen and Zimbabwean national, is the CEO of Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa), registered in Kenya and Zimbabwe. UAF-Africa is a feminist and pan-African rapid response grantmaker investing in African women’s power to change the status quo. Prior to joining UAF-Africa, Ndana was in charge of the UN Women Office in Zimbabwe.
Ndana is a staunch voice for enhanced women’s rights investments. She has leveraged over USD100 million towards strengthening African women’s movements and achieving women, girls’ and trans* rights. She is a published writer on African women’s leadership, Feminist & African philanthropy as well as on the Power of women’s rights social movements in Africa. Ndana is an Executive Education alumnus of INSEAD Business Schools in France and Singapore, a Senior International Fellow at the Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society at CUNY, USA. She holds a Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Lancaster University in England, and a Bachelor of Science Honours degree in Social Psychology from the University of Zimbabwe. In addition to serving on the Board of African Philanthropy Network, Ndana is a Board member of Prospera (The International Network of Women’s Funds), in Mexico.