Board Chair (South Africa)
Barbara specializes in researching, training, supporting and evaluating civil society and donor efforts to contribute towards social change, particularly in relation to sexual and reproductive health and rights. Barbara was an anti-apartheid activist and continues to work in support of social justice. For ten years she directed the Women’s Health Project in South Africa which played a key role in building support for
progressive policies on gender equality and sexual and reproductive rights as part of the new democracy. Later, she was a senior Program Officer at the Ford Foundation in New York for six and a half years, managing the Foundation’s international sexual and reproductive health and rights portfolio.
Korto Reeves Williams
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 organizing on the issues of women’s rights, feminism, aid effectiveness and youth development.
Korto is a member of the African Feminist Forum and a leader in the formation of the Liberia Feminist Forum in July 2014. As a mentor and advisor to key populations in Liberia, she has supported Liberia’s LGBT community on coalition building, media engagement and research. Korto serves on the board of Sustainable Development Institute in Liberia; and represents AA International on the Nobel Women Initiative Advisory Board on its campaign to Stop Violence against Women in Conflict Settings.
Her academic research on feminism in Liberia: Beyond Mass Action: A Study of Collective Organizing 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).
Ayanda P. Mngadi
Board Treasurer (South Africa)
Ayanda is currently a Finance Director at One Acre Fund – a SE providing subsistence farmers in nine African countries with asset-based financing, distribution, agriculture training and market facilitation services to fight one of the key issues of social injustice – poverty.
She is a Certified Accountant by training and was previously a partner at EY Africa. Her experience includes cross-border capital markets transactions, financial reporting, auditing and management accounting gained whilst living and working in London, New York and Johannesburg.
Ayanda has served on numerous committees and boards including the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa; KPMG UK’s African & Caribbean Network; GWN Multicultural and the Equality Project South Africa. She is passionate about building a world where inclusion, diversity, equitability and accessibility is the norm for women and girls, both personally and professionally.
Njoki Njoroge Njehu
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.
Ex-Officio Member (Zimbabwe)
Ndana Bofu-Tawamba, a proud African citizen and Zimbabwean national, is the CEO & Executive Director at UAF-Africa. Ndana brings to the women’s movement, a sophisticated appreciation of the global philanthropy architecture, multi-facetted narratives of women’s leadership successes and struggles and a lived reality characterised by gender injustice, grit, hard work and remarkable achievement.
Prior to joining UAF-Africa, Ndana was in charge of the UN Women office in Zimbabwe, where she led the execution of multi-million dollar funded EC, DFID and DANIDA Gender Support Program. She has lectured at the Women’s University in Africa, been invited as guest lecturer and speaker at several institutions to speak about African Women’s Leadership, New Frontiers of Philanthropy, the nexus of HIV & AIDS, Ebola, Gender and Conflict; Psychology of Women as an intellectual discipline as well as on Women, Peace, Security and Justice.
Ndana is an Executive Education on Leadership alumnus of INSEAD Business School, Fontainebleau, France and Singapore. She earned her Master’s degree in Women’s Studies from Lancaster University, UK; Bachelor of Science Honors degree in Social Psychology from University of Zimbabwe and a diploma in Personnel Management. Ndana sits on the Board of the International Network of Women’s Funds, Mexico. Her work with UAF-Africa, the Global women’s movement, the UN, academia and regional consultancy assignments has meant extensive travels across Africa and the globe, thereby allowing her to combine her commitment to social justice with an opportunity to further explore women and girl’s realities throughout the world.
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.