Abdul Tejan-Cole is Executive Director of OSIWA. Prior to his appointment, Abdul served as Commissioner of the Anti-Corruption Commission in Sierra Leone, from December 2007 through April 2010.
Abdul’s previous positions include : Attorney in the Special Court for Sierra Leone ; Deputy Director for the International Center for Transitional Justices’s (ICTJ) Cape Town Office ; and President of the Sierra Leone Bar Association.
Abdul also has extensive experience working with Open Society Institute (OSI). He served as Board Chair of OSIWA from 2002-2007, and has also served as a member of the board of the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI).
Ms. Osori (Board Chair) is a lawyer, development consultant and communication strategist with 18 years experience in the public and private sectors. She is an advocate for women’s rights in Nigeria and is a director on the board of the Nigerian Women Trust Fund.
She is a published writer with a series of children’s textbooks on social studies used in primary schools and a children’s reference book on Nigeria. She kept a weekly column for five years, first as the Pedestrian Lawyer in Thisday newspaper and most recently, as the Nigerian Citizen for the Leadership newspaper where she covered social issues ranging from state sponsored marriages to good governance.
Ms. Osori is a regular commentator on radio and television and has been involved in numerous campaigns to improve social justice for women and girls and governance in Nigeria.
Ms. Osori, an Eisenhower Fellow, graduated in law from the University of Lagos and Harvard Law School, and most recently graduated from the Harvard Kennedy School with a Masters in Public Administration. She was called to the Nigerian and New York State Bars in 1998 and 2000 respectively.
Felwine Sarr is a Senegalese academic and author born on September 11th 1972 in Niodior, in the islands of the Saloum region. After studying Economics at the University of Orleans – France, he taught at the University of Gaston Berger (UGB) in Saint Louis, Senegal in 2007. In 2009, he obtained the Agregation of the Superior in Economics. In 2010, he was a recipient of the Abdoulaye Fadiga Prize for Economic Research. In 2011, he became the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Gaston Berger in Saint Louis and the Director of the new research center on Civilizations, Religion, Art and Communication (CRAC) at UGB where he teaches political economy, development economics, econometrics, epistemology and the history of religious ideas.
His notable publications include Dahij (Gallimard 2009), 105 Rue Carnot (Mémoire d’Encrier 2011), Méditations Africaines (Mémoire d’Encrier 2012) et Afrotopia (Philippe Rey 2016), an essay where he calls to conceptualize decolonization and for Africans to reappropriate metaphors that define their futures.
As a musician he has released Civilisation Ou Barbarie (2000), Les mots du Récit (2005) et Bassaï (2007).
He founded the publishing house Jimsaan with Senegalese writers Boubacar Boris Diop and Nafissatou Dia and is the editor of the Journal on African Transformation launched by CODESRIA and UNECA.
Mariama Anthony-Williams is a Chartered Accountant with years of experience in Accounting, Project Management, Audit and Assurance Services, Business advisory and consultancy services. She currently works as Public Financial Management Advisor for DAI on a DfID funded Access to Security to Justice Programme in Sierra Leone. Prior to this she worked as an accountant with the European Union support unit of the University of Malta. She also served as deputy coordinator for the Department for International Development funded Justice Sector Coordination Office in Sierra Leone, Budget Expert for the European Commission Poverty Reduction Budget Support Project–Budget Bureau- Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Finance and Admin Manager for the Poverty Alleviation Strategy Coordinating Office and Audit Supervisor at KPMG
Anthony-Williams is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (United Kingdom) and a Commonwealth Fellow (Public Expenditure Management). She holds an executive MBA degree and is a PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner.
Sylvia J. Anie
Sylvia J. Anie
Dr Anie is a Ghanaian Chartered Scientist, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine UK, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, UK and a management professional.
She holds a patent for research carried out at the University of Manchester, UK, in the area of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and for further research performed at the Institute of Neurology, London.
Dr Sylvia J. Anie has worked in the area of sustainable development for several years at both international and national levels focussing largely on Governance, Health, Education and Gender. She has demonstrable experience and understanding of large-scale international development, including experience of leading programme delivery in developing countries and in leading the design, coordinating and monitoring of programmes in collaboration with development partners, private sector and civil society organisations.
She worked with the Commonwealth Secretariat as Director of the Social Transformations Programmes Division encompassing Health, Education and Gender. Working across 53 countries and 5 continents at the Commonwealth Secretariat, enhanced her skills in networking and in maximising the development impact within countries through leveraging their respective strengths while providing a clear message consistent with global consensus.
Dr Sylvia Anie has represented the Commonwealth Secretariat severally at high level meetings including delivering the statement on Health, Education and Gender Equality at the United Nations General Assembly (2011). She has engaged in complex international policy making processes in conjunction with Commonwealth Ambassadors during the crafting of UN declarations specifically, contributing to UN Political Declaration on Non-Communicable Disease (2011) and UN Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS (2011).
Dr Anie is well acknowledged in the area of HIV and AIDS. She was instrumental in establishing Ghana’s multi-sectoral response to HIV and AIDS. She was appointed the first Director of Policy, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ghana AIDS Commission.
She has served on several Advisory Boards and in various capacities. She served as a member of the Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group on HIV and AIDS, UNAIDS, Geneva and on the International Steering Committee of 16th International Conference on AIDS & STIs in Africa (ICASA).
Dr Anie is currently serving as Trustee on the Board of Trustees of WaterAID UK.
Dr Anie has in 2015, been nominated and selected as an African Science Heroes by the Planet Earth Institute. (http://planetearthinstitute.org.uk/african-science-heroes/)
Through her work on disability, sexual and reproductive health and also in non-communicable diseases she has and continues to provide technical support to key stakeholders, governments and international agencies.
In the course of her work, she has facilitated and driven reforms to protect the marginalised and to sharpen clinical access to treatment, care and support. Additionally, she has worked to drive policies to particularly empower girls and women to access their right to quality and affordable health, education, safe water, proper sanitation and good hygiene.