BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Korto Reeves Williams
Korto Reeves Williams

Board Chair (Liberia)

Korto is the Country Director of ActionAid (AA) in Liberia.She has vast development experience working on post-conflict reconstruction and development issues in Liberia.She has had numerous short term experience in programme

development and assessments in Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Burundi, Haiti, Sierra Leone and the Middle East (Jordan and Palestine).Before joining ActionAid, she worked with a variety of development institutions, including the US Agency for International Development, the UN Development Programme and the International Foundation for Education and Self-Help. She is a strategic civil society leader in Liberia and works on women organising on the issues of women’s rights, feminism, aid effectiveness and youth development.

Her academic research on feminism in Liberia: Beyond Mass Action: A Study of Collective Organising among Liberian Women Using Feminist Movement Perspectives has provided the opportunity to shift power dynamics and coalition building within the women movement and with key populations in Liberia. In 2010, Korto served as a contributor and guest editor (Liberia Sea Breeze Online Magazine), placing a special focus on women’s rights. She also served as a regular contributor to ActionAid International’s magazine; Common Cause, and a book; Voice, Power and Soul: A Portrait of African Feminists.

Korto holds a Master’s degree in Sustainable Development from the School of International Training (now the SIT Graduate Institute) in Vermont, USA; and has a certificate on Mobilizing Your Non-Profit Board (Harvard University ExEd training, 2014).

Francoise Mukuku
Francoise Mukuku

Member (DRC)

Francoise Mukuku is a human rights activist and an independent consultant on women and sexual minorities’ issues. She has 20 years of activism. She is currently the Executive Director of Amazone Consultancy- a gender justice and

communications firm based in Kinshasa, in Democratic Republic of Congo (RDC). Francoise works mainly in the Great Lakes Region (Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, and Tanzania) as well as francophone Africa (Central African Republic (CAR), Chad, Gabon, Republic of Congo, Benin, Togo and Senegal) where she has specialized in research and communications.

In her consultancy work, Francoise has worked with organisations such as; Akina Mama wa Africa , APC, UHAI, UNECA and the University of Sussex, UK. Francoise is an engaged activist who founded SJS, a DRCongo inclusive young feminist group in 2001. She regularly organises trainings in Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights, Agency and Voice, and is passionate particularly on the intersections that exist between development, human rights and social justice.

Prior to being an independent consultant, she worked for renowned organisations such as Oxfam GB, MONUC/MONUSCO (UN Peacekeeping Mission in DRCONGO) and International Music Council (IMC). Francoise has good language skills; she speaks Lingala, Kiluba, Kibembe, Kiswahili, French, English and working knowledge of Spanish. She holds a BA in public law from the Université Protestante au Congo (2005) and a MA from Mercure International (2012).

Francoise is a storyteller who enjoys traveling, reading books and the performing arts.

Ndana Bofu
Njoki Njoroge Njehu

Board Sec (Kenya)

Njoki is the Director of Solidarity Africa Network in Action and the Daughters of Mumbi Resource Center in Kenya. Prior to this, Njoki was the Executive Director of the 50 Years is Enough Network in…

Washington DC. Njoki is a Kenyan national who worked with women’s groups and the Greenbelt Movement in Kenya for over a decade. She serves on the board of the Quixote Center and Jobs with Justice. She also serves on the coordinating committee of the Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, which organized and facilitated the participation of U.S. community-based, people of colour, youth, and grassroots organizations in the World Social Forums in Porto Alegre, Brazil in 2003 and Mumbai, India in 2004.

She is a founding member of the International Coordinating Council of the World Social Forum and the Africa Social Forum.

Amel Gorani
Amel Gorani

Member (Sudan)

Amel Gorani is an international development specialist with a focus on countries in and emerging from conflict. Amel is the Director for the Center for Community and Civic Engagement at Carleton College in .

Minnesota. Before joining Carleton, she served as Inclusion Coordinator for the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue – a peace mediation organization based in Switzerland. She has also worked for international development agencies, non-profit organizations and philanthropic foundations in Africa, Europe and the United States.She has served as Senior Advisor for Vulnerable and Marginalized Groups at the USAID- Sudan Mission and as Program Officer at the Open Society Foundations’ International Women’s Program and the Swedish International Development Agency Somalia and Sudan programs.

She also served as Executive Director for Sudan Future Care – Amal Trust, an NGO working in war-affected areas in Eastern Sudan. Amel has worked on several countries across Africa, the Middle East and Asia, most extensively on her native Sudan and the countries of the Horn of Africa. Her work has focused on peace and security, political engagement, social justice and women’s rights. She has also worked on migration, integration and anti-discrimination issues, mostly in Sweden where she lived for many years.

Ndanatsei Bofu-Tawamba
Ndanatsei Bofu-Tawamba

Ex-Official Member (Zimbabwe)

Ndanatsei Bofu-Tawamba, an African citizen and Zimbabwean national, is the CEO & Executive Director at Urgent Action Fund-Africa (UAF-Africa) in Kenya. UAF-Africa is a feminist and pan-African

rapid response grant making organisation that invests in African women’s power to change the status quo. Ndana is a seasoned feminist and women’s rights advocate, a social entrepreneur with philanthropic expertise spanning 20 years. Prior to leading at UAF-Africa, Ndana was in charge of the UN Women Office in Zimbabwe where she led in the execution of the multi-million-dollar funded EC, DFID & DANIDA Gender Support Programme.

Ndana has leveraged over USD100 million directed towards strengthening African women’s movements and achieving women and girls’ rights. She has lectured at the Women’s University in Africa, been invited as guest lecturer and speaker at several high-level platforms across Africa, Europe, South and North America. She is a renowned speaker and published writer on topics of African women’s leadership in conflict transformation, Regenerative African & feminist philanthropy, and the nexus between Ebola, HIV&AIDS, women and culture. In the global human rights community, Ndana is a staunch figure and voice for enhanced women’s rights investments

Ndana is an Executive Education alumnus of INSEAD Business Schools in France and Singapore. She is a Senior International Fellow at the Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society at CUNY, USA. She earned her Master’s Degree in Women’s Studies from Lancaster University, UK, obtained her Bachelor of Science Honors Degree in Social Psychology from the University of Zimbabwe and holds a Diploma in Personnel Management. Ndana serves on the Board of the African Philanthropy Network.

She represents African Women’s Funds on the Governance Board of the International Network of Women’s Funds (Prospera), in Mexico. Her leadership at UAF-Africa, the UN, academia, international boards, regional consultancies on philanthropy, human rights, social movements & governance has meant extensive engagements across the world, thereby presenting her the opportunity to weave her commitment to social justice with an opportunity to further explore women and girl’s realities throughout the world.
Twitter: @NdanaTawamba & @UAFAfrica