Julia has extensive experience in leadership positions in the international development sector, including many years of working in the Global South.
She was president-CEO of the Canadian Council for International Co-operation (CCIC) until 2018 and is currently chair of CIVICUS, the global alliance of civil society organisations and activists.
Julia has been promoting equity and sustainable development for over 25 years and, throughout her career, has demonstrated her commitment to feminist principles and to a human rights-based approach.
Our International Board Chair is Ms Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, a human rights lawyer and current Chief Executive for Rozaria Memorial Trust.
She also serves as the African Union Goodwill Ambassador for the Campaign to End Child Marriage since her appointment in 2014. She previously served as Secretary General of the World Young Women’s Christian (World YWCA), a movement in 120 countries and reaching 25 million women and girls, a role she served 2007–2016. She had previously served with the United Nations in various roles and focusing on women and children’s rights for almost 10 years, through UNIFEM (now UN Women) and UNICEF. She was appointed by the UN Secretary General and served in the UN Commission on Information and Accountability on Women and Children’s Health.
Ms Gumbonzvanda has extensive experience of work around adolescent health and HIV, women’s rights and especially violence against women and property rights. She has been instrumental on work around women, peace and security in the region and is renowned for advocacy at the continental level on the African Protocol on Women’s Rights and the campaign to end child marriage.Ms Gumbonzvanda has a Master’s degree Law with specialisation in Constitutional Property Law from the University of South Africa and completed postgraduate work on conflict resolution at Uppsala University, Sweden. She holds a Bachelor of Laws Degree (Honours) from the University of Zimbabwe.
She serves on various Boards of development organisations including CIVICUS, Save the Children UK. She served as Chair of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women-Geneva and was recently appointed to the Steering Committee for the Gender is My Agenda Campaign (GIMAC). She has served as chair of Action Aid International Board since 2015, and has previously served on various roles in its Board. Ms Gumbonzvanda has received many awards for her work over the years. She recently launched a special initiative “The Girls Opportunities Fund” to further her cause and commitment to education and health for girls in rural communities.
Priscilla Sichone Mpundu
Our International Board Member and Treasurer is Priscilla, who works with a number of boards in a Secretarial role or serves as a member of governance committees. She also is a certified Corporate Governance trainer under the Institute of Directors Zambia. Priscilla has used her finance training in the profit, academia and non‐profit sectors for over twenty years.
She qualified as a Management Accountant CIMA, then did further training as part of her career progression; among these are Harvard Kennedy School of Government ‐ Strategic Frameworks for Non Profits, Financial Institutions for Private Enterprise Development; University of Botswana/Centre for Specialisation in Public Administration and Management (CESPAM) – Public Policy Development and the Institute of Development Studies/University of Sussex ‐ Regional Trainer for Analysis Trade Statistics for EPA’s.
She works with Baker Tilly Chartered Accountants Zambia, responsible for the company secretarial and tax advisory services. Priscilla had served on the ActionAid Zambia board for four years (2014‐2017) as Treasurer, before being elected to the Board of ActionAid International as Treasurer and Convenor of the Finance and Funding committee in January 2018.
Emira is the Global Client Principal for Social Impact Programs at ThoughtWorks, a technology firm committed to social and economic justice. From 2003 to 2014, she was co-director of Foreign Policy In Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies, and an expert on U.S. foreign policy with a special emphasis on Africa and the developing world. She has written on a range of issues from debt, trade and development to U.S. military policy.
She serves as a Board of the Association of Concerned Africa Scholars and the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative, Africa Council and on the Boards of the Humanity United/TrustAfrica Liberia program, The Janelia Fund, and Africa Action. One of the founders of the StopFirestone campaign working to end child labour and bring accountability to the rubber sector, she has also served on the Advisory Committee for Just Associates (JASS) and as a member of the Network Council of Jubilee USA.
Showvik Das Tamal
Showvik is a human rights lawyer, who studied Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. He started his engagement with ActionAid Bangladesh during his student life while mobilising youths on contemporary human rights concerns through his musical and film-making endeavours. The AGM held in Maputo elected Showvik as the first youth representative in the International Board.
He is also the first person from Bangladesh to be elected for the International Board of ActionAid International. By profession, he is employed in a UN Agency. His membership in the Board is completely in his individual capacity and not connected to his employment.
Elizabeth May Wakilo Righa
Elizabeth is a passionate human rights activist and has been the Board Chair of ActionAid Kenya. She works as a Programs Manager for Anglican Development Services and is on the boards of several faith-based and educational institutions. She was elected as a member of the International Board in 2016.
Azaveli Feza Lwaitama
Azaveli is a university senior lecturer in linguistics and philosophy, a human rights and trade union activist who advocates for Pan-Africanism on the African continent and internationalism globally. He once served as a Secretary General of the University of Dar es Salaam Academic Staff Assembly (UDASA) that has always fought for better and decent terms and conditions of work for Tanzanian university staff.
He holds a BA (Education) Honors degree from the University of Dar es Salaam, a Masters degree in Teaching English for Specific Purposes as well as a PhD in Linguistics and Political Philosophy from Aston University in Birmingham in the UK. He has an academic and practical special interest in critical discourse analysis and critical language awareness as well as development ethics, in the context of which he co-authored a book titled Civic Ethics Handbook for Development: Ethics and Reflective Civic Skills for Democracy whose first edition was published by the Oxford University Press in 2004.
He has been serving as the Vice Chair of ActionAid Tanzania since 2010, and his knowledge and experience in analysing internal and external contexts have proven useful in formulating responses to challenges where they arose.
Dr. Ingrid Morgan is a South African living in the Netherlands. Her expertise lies in international law, particularly the interplay between international criminal law and human rights and the intersections between mass violence, peace and security processes, transitional justice, including the role of international criminal courts and international organisations, international prosecutions, and traditional justice within the African context.
She is overall interested in culturally sensitive approaches to human rights as well as international criminal justice, including the political dimensions of both. Prior to undertaking her Ph.D. she was employed as a Legal Officer at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (UN-ICTY). Part of her educational background included completing a Ph.D. at the Netherlands Institute for Human Rights (SIM), Utrecht University, and a Master of Laws (LL.M) at Utrecht University, where she specialised in International Criminal Law and Human Rights Law; a Bachelor of Laws degree (LL.B) at the University of South Africa, specialising in Criminal Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree (B.A.) specialising in Sociology and Politics at the University of the Witwatersrand (WITS) in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Ingrid’s deep passion and commitment to Africa and human rights has motivated her in using her talents for the benefit of those without a voice and agency to which she credits her role at ActionAid. Her wish is to see a world free of poverty and discrimination wherein each person can realise his or her full potential.
David is a Member of the Board Action Aid Kenya as well as being a member of the Finance, Fundraising, Programs and Policy (FFPP) committee. He has previously served in the Board Audit Committee.
He has a Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Nairobi, Master of Science in Animal Breeding from the University of Pretoria and now in the final stage of PhD in Theriogenology at the University of Nairobi. He is the Managing Director of Kenya Animal Genetic Resources Centre, a key institution mandated to improve livestock production in Kenya that provides cutting edge technological transfer to all farmers to improve the production and productivity of their animals hence poverty reduction, food security, wealth creation and a life of dignity.
A committed and devoted member of ActionAid who understands the suffering of the less privileged, he was formerly a lecturer with the University of Eldoret, Department of Animal Science and also a Senior Technical Officer at Agricultural Development Corporation. He has a wide experience in the area of development especially in agriculture and education sectors. He also serve in the Board of Management of Kipture High School, the Patron of Kipture Primary School as well as being a member of the steering committee of East and Central Africa Agricultural Transformation Project of the World Bank, a project covering the countries in Eastern and Central Africa.
A crusader for equal rights for men and women especially at the top management in organizations and decision making organs. He is married with two daughters.
Rosario has financial background by education and he works as finance officer in a public research funding agency. He had an exemplary path to ActionAid. He started as a donor, then an activist in local groups. In 2013 he was elected by Italian activists as a National Representative of Local Groups. He served on the ActionAid Italy board from 2013 to 2019 and as National Treasurer from 2016 to 2019. Rosario was elected as member of the International Board in June 2019.
Mr. Poguri Chennaiah, from India, is a social activist, engaged with the rural poor, especially Dalits and agricultural workers, for nearly three decades. He has been instrumental in taking up the cause of agricultural labour through various campaigns for land rights. He has been key in giving shape to a strong agricultural workers’ union in Andhra Pradesh, Vyarusaya Vruthidarula Union, bringing together many activist groups and giving them the vision and direction to become social movements.
Júlia Tivane Holm
Júlia is well versed in strategic planning, program design, management, and on programs monitoring and evaluation. She has facilitated many strategic plans formulation for the partners of the organisations she has worked and works for.
She is also experienced in working with both governmental and non-governmental institutions, including community based and grassroots organizations, particularly on issues related to sociological impact analysis. In the relationship with the partners in development work, she has worked in different contexts and different stakeholders having developed the ability to interact in different settings.
Júlia has a good overview of the Labour markets in the Southern Africa region due to her extensive work experience with Trade Unions in South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique, and some exposure to Malawi and Angola.