The ATJLF is governed by an Executive Council who provide overall oversight of the organisation, including the recruitment of the Director and other senior staff members.
The Executive Council (EC) is made up of four people, including representatives of the two funding foundations. The Executive Council provides high level operational and strategic direction of the Fund. They also provide fiduciary oversight of the organisation and line manage the Director of the ATJLF. The EC makes final budgetary and other decisions for the running of the Fund. They work in close collaboration with the Advisory Committee to make final decisions on award of grants.
GODFREY ODONGO (PhD)
Godfrey O. Odongo is a Senior Program Officer with the Human Rights Program at Wellspring Philanthropic Fund, a private grant making foundation based in New York and Washington D.C. In this role he manages funding portfolios and partnerships that support increased capacities of ecosystems of civil society organizations advancing human rights norms and social change. He was visiting research fellow (2020-21) at the Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program. Odongo has previously served as a regional research expert with Amnesty International’s International Secretariat; in a program advisory role with Save the Children-Sweden and research fellowship roles with the Dullah Omar Institute for Constitutional Law, Governance and Human Rights at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa and the Danish Institute for Human Rights.
An advocate of the High Court of Kenya, since 2003, he holds a doctorate (PhD) in international human rights law from the University of the Western Cape, an LLM in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa from the University of Pretoria, a bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from Moi University, Kenya and a postgraduate diploma in law from the Kenya School of Law. He is the author of several peer-reviewed book chapters, journal articles and research reports on a range of human rights issues particularly socio-economic and children’s human rights from an African perspective.
KWESI BAFFOUR SARPONG
Kwesi is the President and Chair of the Board of Vulcan Holdings Ltd in Ghana. He currently serves as the in-country principal representative of the Executive Council.
Kwesi is an experienced oil and gas business development manager. He has also worked extensively in a range of sectors in North America, Asia, South America, and Sub-Saharan Africa over the last 25 years managing various global business units for private and public firms in the oil and gas industry.
Senior Program Officer, On Nigeria. Yvonne served in a variety of Program Management positions in international NGOs and multi-lateral organizations, including the World Bank and the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative for Africa. She has worked extensively in sub-Saharan Africa combating a wide range of threats to human rights and development.
Her experience includes drafting law and legislation, working with international and national partners, including law enforcement agents, prosecutors, and the judiciary, to provide access to justice for victims of international crimes, and to build institutional capacity to address the same.
As a program manager, Yvonne served as regional anti-trafficking advisor/director in East Africa. Yvonne has a deep knowledge and passion for human rights and justice in Africa, and has over the past eight years been a key player in the development of programs and laws to combat human trafficking on the continent. Most recently she has engaged youth at the Pan-African level to assume leadership in the fight against human rights violations of the youth.
Yvonne earned her Bachelor of Arts in political science and pre-law, magna cum laude, from Arcadia University, and her JD from American University’s Washington College of Law, where she was a dean’s fellow for the Women and International Law program
John is a Senior Governance Officer at African Union Commission (AUC), Department of Political Affairs, Peace and Security. He’s the current Chair of the ATJLF Advisory Committee.
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