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Defending Democracy and Freedom in Sub-Saharan Africa – Strongmen and the Closing Civic Space

Apr 22, 2021 03:00 PM in West Central Africa

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Jon Temin
Director of the Africa program @Freedom House
Jon Temin is the director of the Africa program at Freedom House, overseeing the organization’s efforts to advance democracy and human rights across the continent. From 2014 to 2017, he was a member of the U.S. Department of State’s Policy Planning Staff, providing strategic guidance and long-term thinking to the Secretary of State. Mr. Temin also served as director of the U.S. Institute of Peace’s Africa Program, leading the Institute’s efforts to help end conflicts and prevent new violence. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Financial Times, Foreign Affairs, and Foreign Policy, and he has testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Previously, he was a Fulbright Fellow in Ghana, Visiting Fellow at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is currently a non-resident Senior Associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
Ms Kemi Okenyodo
Executive Director @Partners West Africa Nigeria
Kemi Okenyodo, Executive Director, Rule of Law Empowerment also known as Partners West Africa Nigeria has over fifteen years’ experience in security and governance issues in both Nigeria and West Africa, NGO management, and litigation practice. She founded the Rule of Law and Empowerment Initiative (also known as Partners West Africa Nigeria) in March 2016 with support from Partners Global and General Electronics. She presently provides strategic and operational leadership for the organization with support from a vibrant Board and Team. She has expertise in the security governance sector, with special emphasis on police accountability and citizens/security institution engagement.
Mr. Francis Tazoacha
Director of Peace and Security @Nkafu Policy Institute
Tazoacha Francis is the Director of Peace and Security at Nkafu Policy Institute. His areas of expertise ranges from Peace-building, Conflict Resolution, Governance and Democracy, particularly on matters around research, policy development, knowledge management and post conflict peace building and reconstruction. Francis has extensive research skills, with a background in training and education with knowledge of and competence in program development and management. His skills set include proposal writing; a background in fundraising; strategic planning; and designing and monitoring projects.