Members of the Board of Directors of AFSA are elected every three years by the General Assembly. Only Core Members can vote and stand for election to board membership. Below are members of the incumbent Board of Directors for the duration of 2017-2019 as elected by the General Assembly held in December 2016 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Mariann Bassey Orovwuje, Chairperson

Mariann is a Program Manager in the foremost Nigerian advocacy non-governmental organization, Environmental Rights Action/Friends of the Earth Nigeria (ERA/FoEN). ERA is the Nigerian chapter of Friends of the Earth International – a network of 76 national grassroots groups, campaigning to protect the environment and to create sustainable societies.

Mariann is also the Coordinator of Friends of the Earth Africa’s Food Sovereignty Campaign. In addition she is on Friends of the international (FoEI) Steering Committee of the Food Sovereignty Program.

Mariann is a Lawyer, as well as an environmental, human and food rights advocate. She has demonstrated ability and drive to provide leadership while at the same time being a great team player. She started out as activist for Students’ Rights at the University and she was eventually elected the Attorney- General of the Students’ Union Government.


Mr. Vuningoma Faustin, General Secretary

Mr. Faustin is Rwandan by nationality and married with five children. He obtained his first degree in social sciences, majoring in administrative sciences from Kigali Independent University in Rwanda and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Maastricht School of Management in The Netherlands, majoring in project management. He possesses vast experience working with both the public and private sectors. He is well conversant with strategic planning, organizational development, human resources management team building and project management.

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Mrs. Ali Aii Shatu, Treasurer

Ali Aii Shatu holds a Higher National Diploma in Veterinary Nursing. In October 2000, she was recruited as Gender and Women Promotion Programme Coordinator in MBOSCUDA and has served in that position for six years and was later elected to MBOSCUDA Board as Finance Sub-Committee Chairlady in 2010, a position she still holds.

For her extensive experience and excellence Ali was elected to represent the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Co-ordinating Committee (IPACC), a network of 150 indigenous peoples’ organizations in 20 African countries in AFSA. She has also been IPACC’s focal point on Food and Agriculture related issues.

In November 2016, she was elected to serve the Alliance as Treasurer. A mother of three, two sons and a daughter Mrs. Ali devoted herself to the food sovereignty movement that promises her children a better future.

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Madam Elisabeth Mpofu, Member

Madam Elizabeth is an organic farmer and activist who works tirelessly for the betterment of smallholder farmers. She is the current General Coordinator of La Via Campesina, the international peasant movement comprising some 164 local and national organizations in 73 countries in the defense of small-scale sustainable agriculture as a way to promote social justice and dignity.

In the 80s and 90s, Elizabeth has been the Chairperson for the Association of Zimbabwe Traditional Environmental Conservationists (AZTREC). In 2016, she was appointed by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (UNFAO) as its Special Ambassador for the International Year of the Pulse for Africa. She is also founding member and Chairperson of Zimbabwe Smallholder Organic Farmers Forum (ZIMSOFF) and Board member of Eastern & Southern Smallholder Farmers’ Forum (ESAFF).

Elizabeth served in AFSA’s former steering committee. She was re-elected to serve a second term as Board Member of AFSA representing La Via Campesina in Africa.


Dr. Chris Macoloo, Member

Dr. Chris is a Kenyan national, holds a PhD in geographical/environmental sciences from Cambridge University, UK and is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Society (FCCS). He has a Master’s degree in development planning from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, and was a visiting graduate student at McGill University in Montreal (Canada). Chris has had an extensive academic career spanning over 20 years at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, where he is an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Science.

Chris has published extensively in international referred journals such as Housing Studies, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, Development and Change, Geoforum, Third World Planning Review, among others. He has also consulted for various local, regional and international organizations. Dr. Macoloo has extensive experience in international development, having worked for a number of development organizations such as Practical Action (formerly Intermediate Technology Development Group – ITDG) and SNV/Netherlands Development Organization.

Chris is currently the Regional Director for World Neighbors in Africa based in Nairobi, Kenya. Chris has a solid professional background that blends international development experience with academia and research, a nexus that is essential for an effective development expert. Chris is married with two teenage children.

Jean Paul Sikeli, Member

A lawyer by training, Mr. Jean holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and another in Public Law mastering international law. His research focused on the tension between human rights and modern biotechnology in the context of food security and the fight against terrorism in international law.

On a professional level Jean was a consultant at FAO and Inades-Formation International. He held the positions of Program Officer and then Executive Secretary of the Coalition for the Protection of the African Genetic Heritage (COPAGEN), a position he has held since August 2014.

COPAGEN is a grassroots citizen movement that champions the rights of communities on genetic resources against various forms of threats including GMOs and the phenomenon of land and natural resource grabbing. Jean has carried out numerous advocacy initiatives to safeguard the African genetic heritage. He is the author of several publications and articles.

Josephine Atangana, Member

Mrs. Josephine Atangana is based in Cameroon. She represents Central Africa Sub-Regional Platform of Farmers’ Organizations – PROPAC within AFSA. Founded in 2005 PROPAC gathers national platforms of 10 countries in the sub-region of Central Africa. PROPAC is a founding member of the Pan African Farmers Organisation (PAFO).