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ThokozilePresident of the International Executive Board

Akina Mama wa Afrika is happy to welcome the New President of the International Executive Board, Ms. Thokozile Ruzvidzo. She comes from Zimbabwe although currently based in Addis Ababa since January 2013 where she is currently serving as the Director for the African Center for Gender & Development at the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Thokozile joins AMwA with a wealth of experience in gender, training, management and accumulative years of leadership in National Governments, non-governmental organizations and the United Nations.  Her experience working with bilateral and multilateral agencies in support of work in the UNECA as well as participating in strategic think of bilateral such as SIDA, DANIDA and GTZ through the OECD/UN gender network partnership are among other strengths she brings on board.

                                    Treasurer, International Executive Board

Alberta originates from Sierra Leone and is currently based in the United Kingdom.

She holds a Bachelors degree from the University of Sierra Leone, a post graduate qualification in Business from the South Bank University in the UK and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in England and Wales.

She has worked at senior levels at a range of public and private sector organizations in the United Kingdom and is currently involved in freelance training and international consultancies in Finance and related subjects across the private, public and voluntary sectors.

Alberta has had in excess of twenty years management experience and provides support and advice to Boards of directors and charity trustees on various strategic matters including ways of improving their financial reporting systems, structures and procedures and in the upskilling of finance staff. 

Olufunmilayo (Funmi) Balogun-Alexander-Funmi is currently the Deputy Country Representative of UN Women Country Office, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  She was formerly Director External Relations & Advocacy, and Technical Adviser Gender, Rights and Sexuality with the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), Africa Regional Office, Nairobi, Kenya.

She has a Masters of Arts degree in Gender & Development from the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, Falmer, United Kingdom (1994) through a British government scholarship and BA English from the University of Lagos, Akoka, Nigeria (1988).  Her previous working experience has been with the United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM), now UN Women both in Nigeria and Kenya for over 8 years, United Nations Development Programme in Malawi for 3 years, and the Government of Nigeria. She has managed programmes and projects worth over $15m in the last 9 years on issues of gender and governance, women's human rights, HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health.

Her management portfolio include the management of a $6million basket fund, sustaining a partnership of 9 contributing donors, 60 non government organisations and the UN system in working towards same goals on gender, human rights and governance in Kenya.   She established a women entrepreneurs' network in Nigeria to advocate and lobby government and private sector on gender & rights based macroeconomic frameworks, and one of the founding members of the Gender Budget Network in Nigeria to undertake and conduct advocacy on gender responsive budgeting at the national and states' levels.

Opportune NITIEMA SANTOS; Social and Home Economist, Eender, ICT and Development expert since 2007.

 I worked for several years in Burkina Faso as civil servant and Deputy head of the Department of social affairs and National Solidarity during the Revolution's period ( Ministère de l'Essor Familial et de la Solidarité Nationale).

Later in Togo I got involved with NGOs for over 12 years in Poverty Reduction through micro-credit program, human right with focus on women right.

My experience of women's access to credit has been strengthened by my position as resource person and Director of the Board for the bank named "Banque  Régionale de Solidarité du Togo" 

MaggieBoard Member

Prof. Margaret Blick Kigozi commonly known as Dr. Maggie Kigozi is a medical doctor by profession, a business consultant, a Chancellor at Nkumba University and an “avid” motorcycle rider, like her Father and siblings! In Uganda, she’s better known for her work as the Executive Director of the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) from 1999-2011.

She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery and has practiced as a physician in Zambia Kenya and Uganda. In 1994 Dr. Maggie left the medical profession and joined Crown Bottlers Uganda Limited (manufacturers of Pepsi products) as the Marketing Director where she has worked until her appointment at the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) in 1999. Dr. Maggie is the first woman (and first person) ever to hold this position.

IMG LeonieBoard Member

Originally from Rwanda, Leonie is currently based in Kenya where she is working as the Regional Program Coordinator –Community Peace Recovery and Reconciliation with ACCORD.She holds a First Class Honours Bachelor Degree in Education (English and English Literature) and a Master’s degree in Advanced Disaster Management. She has worked on various issues of conflict transformation and Peace building in Africa promoting citizen driven peace recovery and development among various communities in Kenya, Burundi, DRC, Guiney Conakry among others. Leonie believes strongly in the power and ability of African people to deal with conflicts and find solutions to their own problems, one of such approach being “The Community peace recovery and reconciliation” which she has undertaken to disseminate in other parts of the African Continent.