Event speakers profile:
1. John Njoka
John Njoka is the director, Regional and Multi Country Programme Unit, Save the Children, East Africa Regional Office in Nairobi. John holds a Master of Arts (Sociology) degree from the University of Nairobi where he has worked as a development researcher and lecturer prior to his entry to Save the Children two years ago. John has been managing the Pan African Child Rights Governance programme at save the Children EARO prior to his promotion as Director a year ago. It was his time in this Pan African role that he worked with other agencies to strengthen the links between the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Children and the Peace and Security Council on children affected by armed conflicts. Part of John’s research career involved consultancies with numerous child centred organisations including Plan International, World Vision International, Childfund, International Labour Organisation and Save the Children on various children’s issues including child protection in emergencies.
2. Jean Francois
Jean François BASSE is the child protection adviser to the AU Peace and Security Department (PSD), based in AU Headquarters in Addis Ethiopia. He has been seconded by UNICEF since May 2014 to the African Union. Jean Francois has over 20 years of work experience at national and international levels with international NGOs and the United Nations system. He holds a Master’s Degree in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Prior to joining UNICEF in 2004, he worked for a number of years with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (DPKO) in Rwanda, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo as Human Rights Officer and Child Protection Adviser. With UNICEF, he worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo as Head of Child Protection for Eastern DRC, in Chad, Sudan and Kenya as Chief of Child Protection and within the Child Protection Section in New York.
3. Anthony Njoroge
Anthony Njoroge is the senior programme manager – Child Protection, Regional and Multi Country Programme Unit, Save the Children, East Africa Regional Office in Nairobi. He holds a Master of Arts (Project Planning and Management) degree from the University of Nairobi. Anthony has over 12 years’ experience in the implementation and management of complex projects with International NGOs both at the operational and strategic level specifically focussing on child rights, gender rights, climate change, disaster risk reduction and ICT4D. He has fund raised and managed/managing projects funded by UK AID, NORAD, NOKIA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Finland), Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Netherlands), SIDA, EC and CIDA/DFTAD. Currently, Anthony is managing Pan African Programmes on Child Protection in Peace Support Operations with the AU, Child Care Reform and Parenting with the AU, EAC, ECOWAS and other Regional Mechanisms. He represents the organization in key meetings & conferences in protection at regional and global level while also contributing to regional advocacy and program work, fostering innovation, scaling up of best practice, and effectively engaging regional level and Pan African decision makers. Anthony has a commitment to working with children, youth, women, communities, donors and partners on issues around children, gender, climate change, technology and rights.
4. Harriet Holder
Harriet holder works for Save the Children International as senior child protection in Emergencies and Family Tracing and Reunification Specialist, South Sudan regional response. Her areas of expertise include, Child Protection in Emergencies, Family Tracing and Reunification, Psychosocial Support, 1612 (Children Associated with Armed Forces and Armed Groups), IDPs, refugees and host communities affected by conflict, CP Minimum Standards and CP Mainstreaming in Humanitarian Response.
5. Col. Charles Wacha Angulo
Col Charles Wacha Angulo work in Ministry of Defence, Uganda as a director human rights affairs. He has held various legal posts before specializing on Human Rights and Child Rights and Protection. Upon the establishment of the Directorate of Human Rights Col Charles got engaged in dissemination of laws and International instruments on Human and Child rights, to create awareness amongst the rank and file of the army personnel and their families on the promotion and preservation of Human and Child rights, and to monitor human rights violations by and against the Army and to handle matters of domestic violence and other family issues. His work extended to facilitation at various fora and included preparing study materials, supervising practicum, supervising syndicate activities and submission of reports. The training involved participants of the member states of the African Union from the Military, Police and Civilian component on all aspects of Peace Support Operations in order to help improve the effectiveness of international responses to complex emergencies.
6. Bob Muchabaiwa
Bob Muchabaiwa is a public finance expert currently serving as the Global Investment in Children Manager for Save the Children’s Child Rights Governance Global Initiative, based in NAIROBI Kenya. Bob has several years’ practical experience working on child rights, budgeting and economic governance at national, regional and international level. As part of his current job Bob has provided technical assistance to many countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East and Latin America including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Swaziland, Zambia, North-West Balkans and Kosovo on investment in children on a range of investment in children topics including child responsive budgeting, tax and social accountability. He is passionate about public finance matters, social and economic policy and children’s rights. Bob has authored and contributed to several publications on budgeting for children, inequality amongst children, measuring child focused expenditures and social accountability. He is currently a member of the Expert Committee advising the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on the development of the General Comment on Public Spending to Realize Children’s Rights. Bob is also studying for a PhD in Development Studies focusing on the political economy of public spending on children’s rights in Africa.
7. Musa Donald Gbow
Musa, is a child protection advisor with the African Union Mission to Somalia (AMISOM). His area of expertise is Management and Administration and Community Development Studies. Before engaging in social work, Musa served with the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) for ten (10) years and rose to the rank of a Captain. During his years in the military, he served in the elite force and then later became a trainer at the Peace Mission Training Center (PMTC). He spent four years at the center training would-be peacekeepers. Musa is among the first set of trainees of the Dalliare Initiative and now a qualified international trainer in child protection for mainly security sector actors. A majority of his engagement has been the training of security sector actors in most part of Africa especially Troops Contributing Countries (TCC’s). Musa served with the United Nation African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) from 2009-2011 and is now seconded to AMISOM by UNICEF/RDCSI as Child Protection Advisor. Apart from helping to mainstream child protection within AMISOM, he provides technical support to the Child Protection Unit members at the Somali Ministry of Defence and Women and Human Rights.
8. Evelyn Esenam Avoxe
Ms. Evelyn Esenam Avoxe currently works as an Assistant/Course Director with the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Accra. She is responsible for running several courses including Integrated Civilian-Military Coordination; Crisis information Management; Development Diplomacy for Peace Security; Women’s Leadership programmes and acts as the focal point on Child Protection issues in the Training Department. She also teaches on the KAIPTC’s Certificate Course in Gender Peace and Security. Between 2011 and 2013, Evelyn was a Research Assistant with the Centre’s Faculty of Academic Affairs and Research where her research revolved around women and peacekeeping; and Ghana’s military and police peacekeeping experiences. She holds an MA in International Affairs from the Legon Centre for International Affairs and Diplomacy (LECIAD), University of Ghana, and a BA in French and English from the same University. She has undertaken short courses on Security Sector Reform, Good Governance, Child Protection, and collaborative problem based learning.
9. Col (Rtd) Kamili Karegye
Col (Rtd) Karegye is the managing director of the Peace Building and Security Initiatives Ltd. His main are of expertise is Peace and Security. Col (Rtd) Kamili Karegye served in The Military for 29 years mostly in conflict zones. In the Military he did both staff and command duties at several different levels of command. He has participated in the Ugandan and Rwandan liberation struggles; in each case they had child soldiers. Col (Rtd) Karegye was a sector Commander and Rwandan Contingent Commander in the Darfur region of Sudan for one and half years. He served as a commandant of Rwanda Military Academy- Gako for three years, the academy trains officers and men who are preparing to go for Peace Keeping Operations among others. He holds a Masters Degree in Conflict and Peace studies from the University of Kwa Zulu Natal- South Africa and has facilitated several courses related to peace and security in Rwanda Peace Academy.
10. Major Olivia Komutegeki
Olivia is a major with the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF). Her area of expertise is Military Inspectorate. Major Komutegeki has interacted with child soldiers who were rescued by UPDF during LRA war in Northern Uganda and has witnessed Physical, Psychological and Social negative impact on children who were affected by war. She is a trainer on child protection and child rights, and prevention of child recruitment into armed forces courses.
11. George Nyakora
George Nyakora is the current President of the AfricaWide Movement for Children (AMC) which brings together over 120,000 Civil Society Organisations, NGOs and Development partners on the Continent to speak with one voice on the plight of the African Child guided by the African Charter of the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACRWC) and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). George is also Director of Strategy at Accountability and Governance Associates (Africa), a virtual pan-African think tank consultancy firm with its leadership drawn from geo-political regions of Africa supporting African Governments in improving Accountability Mechanisms aimed improved service delivery. George previously served in the public and not –for –profit sectors. He is widely travelled and has a deep understanding of development issues and is looked upon as a key voice on continental development issues beyond the children’s rights agenda.
12. Anne Kpason
Anne Kpason is the Head of Child Protection and Child Rights Governance, Save the Children, Nigeria. She holds a Master degree in International Management from University of Liverpool, England and has over 12 years’ experience in project management. Prior to her present position she was a Chief of Party for a 5 year – USAID funded Orphans and Vulnerable children project and had worked at different capacities on programs focusing on child protection and rights, Quality Improvement of vulnerable children programs, HIV/AIDS prevention, care & support and treatment, Gender equality rights and Systems strengthening. She has raised funds from donors such as USAID, DFID, ECHO, CIDA/DFATD and SIDA and also has experience managing their projects. She currently is responsible for overall strategic program design, development and quality of child rights and protection programs in Nigeria. She provides technical assistance on implementation of child protection in emergency and child marriage projects being implemented in Nigeria.
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14. Daniel Owusu Asare
Daniel Owusu-Asare is the E-Learning and LMS Officer at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre (KAIPTC) in Ghana. He is responsible for managing and administrating the Learning Management System (LMS), as well as leading working groups responsible for the development of e-learning courses at the Centre. He was part of the lead team that worked together with consultants from Austria in developing the LMS. Daniel has worked with the KAIPTC for the past 3 years in his current capacity. He holds a degree in Information Technology and certification in E-Learning Instructional Design from the NATO School in Oberammergau, Germany.
15. Evelyn Namvua
Evelyn Namvua is the knowledge management coordinator for the African Union in Peace Support Operations project, Regional and Multi Country Programme Unit, East Africa Regional Office in Nairobi, Save the Children. She is responsible for implementing the knowledge management activities within the African Union Peace Support Operations project. With over 7 years experience in information, knowledge management and communications, Her expertise involve information and knowledge management, advocacy, communications and supporting collaboration through information and knowledge management tools and approaches. Evelyn’s background is a mix of research and, information and communications. She holds a MSc. in Agriculture Information Communication and Management from the University of Nairobi and a BSc. in Applied Statistics from Maseno University.
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