Membership and Leadership
ACP was founded by a group of Civil Society Organizations from 14 countries. These Organizations
remain as its main partners. The Organization has since expanded its membership to include Regional
and National Platforms across Africa.
It is led by a Leadership Team representing Civil Society Leaders from six countries and representing
networks and thematic groups.
The Secretariat is based in Nairobi.
Marta Luis Cumbi is the immediate Director for Cooperation and Advocacy at the Foundation for Community Development in Mozambique. She is a member of governing boards of the Mozambican Debt Gorup, Mozambican Education Network, Forum for African Women Educationalists – Mozambique chapter, Southern African Network against Child Abuse and G20 (a national civil society platform advocating for poverty eradication). She is also a vice coordinator of SADC National Commission for Human Development and Special Programmes Committee. She is a former board member of CIVICUS and AFRODAD, she is an ECOSOCC Council member and and FAWE Prominent Educationalist.
Donald Deya is the Chief Executive Officer of the Pan African Lawyers Union, (PALU) based in Arusha,Tanzania. PALU is the umbrella association for African lawyers and law societies. He was previously Chief Executive of the East Africa Law Society (EALS) and, before that, Acting CEO of the Kenyan Section of the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ-Kenya), and Deputy CEO of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK)
He is the Chairperson, Centre for Citizens’ Participation in the African Union (CCP AU), Councillor, African Forum of the International Bar Association (AfrIBA); former Secretary of AfrIBA , Executive Committee Member, the International Institute of Law Association Chief Executives (IILACE); formerly a Member of its Programme Committee .
He is Executive Committee Member, International Coalition on the Responsibility to Protect (ICRtoP)
He is a member of the International Bar Association (IBA); International Law Association (ILA); Society for International Development (SID); Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association (CLA); International Commission of Jurists (ICJ); East Africa Law Society (EALS); Southern African Development Community Lawyers’ Association (SADC LA); Law Society of Kenya (LSK); and several other non-profits.
He is a former Chair, Coalition for an effective African Court on Human and People’s Rights (CEAC)
Ayokunle Fagbemi is the Executive Director, Center for Peacebuilding and Socio-Economic Resources Development (CePSERD).
He has attended and/or facilitated a host of capacity building courses, workshops and conferences in Nigeria, Switzerland, and Ghana. He is a member of learned professional associations and a member of the Works Committee of the interim African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSOCC).
He has over two decades of local and international working experience from governmental and non-governmental sectors, that is, in research for program/policy planning and project management; monitoring and evaluation; broadcasting; democracy and governance; development planning and financial management; personnel management and development; capacity strengthening; conflict management and peacebuilding; and coordination and implementation of projects and programs.
is immediate Co-Director of the International Refugee Rights Initiative. Dismas serves as the chair of the board of Conscience International, Co- Chair of Darfur Consortium, Co-Chair of Citizenship Rights In Africa Initiative (CRAI), serves on the Governing Council of East Africa Civil Society Forum (EACSOF), on the board of Effective African Court on Human and Peoples Rights, on the board of Reproductive Health Network of Africa (RHANA), board member of Africa CSO Platform on Principled Partnership (ACP) and on International Coalition on Responsibility to Protect (IC R2P) as well as on the Peace and Security cluster of the Center for the Citizen Participation with the Africa Union (CCP-AU).
Dismas was previously Africa Coordinator of the International Refugee Program at Human Rights First (formerly the Lawyers Committee for Human Rights) where he was responsible for designing, coordinating and implementing advocacy strategies to enhance refugee protection in Africa.
An award-winning journalist, Dismas worked as reporter for many years for newspapers in Uganda, where he covered politics and conflicts in the Great Lakes region, including the 1994 Rwanda genocide.
Francis is the Chief of Party, State University of New York (SUNY) Office in Nairobi.
He is a lawyer with over 15 years of experience in civil society and governance work in Kenya and the East African region. As a democracy and governance generalist his particular strengths are in project cycle management; process consulting; evaluations; organizational development; strategic planning and reviews; grants management; capacity strengthening; and training. Francis is widely-travelled and experienced with the demands of working in multi-cultural and demanding settings requiring not only technical competence and skills but also tact and discretion. He has worked with a number of organizations in both governmental and the non-governmental organizations (NGOs) sector in Kenya. Prior to joining SUNY/Kenya hee was the Head of Peace, Democracy & Governance at Pact Kenya.
Nana is the Executive Director, West Africa Civil Society Institute, based in Ghana.
Nana was called to the Ghana Bar in 1996 and has a Master of Laws from New York University. After practicing with a Commercial Law Firm, Hesse and Larsey, she worked as Legal Officer with the Secretariat of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, the Gambia; and the African Society of International and Comparative Law in Accra. Nana has been active in the women’s movement in Ghana, and was the Legal Advocate for the Women’s Initiative for Self Empowerment (WISE), and the Coordinator of the National Coalition on Domestic Violence Legislation in Ghana. She is a member of the International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), African Women Lawyers Association (AWLA), the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT) and the Gender Violence Survivors Support Network (GVSSN). She currently serves on the Legal Services Board in Ghana, and the Ghana News Agency Board.
She worked with the Media Foundation for West Africa and the Center for the Study of Human Rights, Columbia University, to establish a West and Central Africa Human Rights Institute. In 2005, she joined the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) as Governance Program Officer, and was OSIWA’s Country Coordinator in Nigeria from 2006 to 2008. Prior to taking up her current post as the Executive Director of the West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI), Nana was the Regional Policy Advisor for IBIS in West Africa.
He is the Head of Secretariat of the ACP