Meet the Secretariat!
Million Belay, AFSA General Coordinator
Million has been working for over two decades on intergenerational learning of bio-cultural diversity, agriculture, the rights of local communities to seed and food sovereignty and forest issues. He has a PhD in environmental learning, an MSc in tourism and conservation, and a BSc in Biology, and is a member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food).
Juliet Masika, Finance and Administration Officer
Juliet is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). She also holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce degree (Accounting Option). Juliet is currently perusing a Master of Business Administration at Heriot-Watt University- Edinburgh.
She brings over 15 years of experience working with NGOs and the private sector to her role as AFSA’s Finance and Administration Officer. Juliet is in charge of handling, supervising, and planning AFSA’s financial tasks.
She provides strategic leadership in financial management in line with AFSA strategies, policies, procedures, statutory laws, and international financial standards to the Secretariat and Over 30 partners in 54 countries across African continent where AFSA operates. She has vast NGO experience, including sub granting to partners and provides training and capacity building to AFSA partners.
Michael Farrelly, Program Officer
Michael’s first career was in water supply, including six years drilling boreholes in rural villages across West and Central Africa, then two years running a local authority water department in the Kalahari, Botswana. Returning to UK, he became a community activist in London, gained a master’s degree in rural development, then worked in community regeneration in deprived post-industrial areas of Northern England. Now back in Africa, he worked for seven years promoting ecological organic agriculture in Tanzania, managing farmer training, advocacy and climate change adaptation projects before joining AFSA working on communications, research and project management.
Ndeye Awa Gueye, Project Officer
Ndèye Awa holds a Master’s Degree in Local Development Engineering and a Professional Degree in Applied Foreign Languages from the Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis. She has four years of experience in community development through her volunteer services with the NGO CorpsAfrica/Senegal and management of the Baba Garage Women’s Entrepreneurship Centre. Ndèye Awa also gained two years of experience in Marketing and Communication. During her community service, she built a school canteen in a primary school covering six villages and 130 children. She also managed a centre for training and coaching more than 600 women in various income-generating activities. As a Project Officer with AFSA, she is implementing the policy advocacy strategy for the recognition of Farmer Managed Seed Systems (FMSS) and the promotion of neglected crops in Niger, Chad and Tanzania with a vision of going regional (Africa) within four years. Ndèye Awa is a very dynamic woman, committed to sustainable development, especially in agriculture, resilience/food sovereignty, women’s entrepreneurship and education of children in rural areas.
Simon Peter Bukenya, Program Officer
Simon is an impassioned advocate for sustainable development, climate and social justice, the right to healthy food, and community development issues in Africa. Simon earned his Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Uganda Christian University and is currently serving as a Program Officer at AFSA. Simon is actively involved in the organization’s Climate Working Group activities, displaying his commitment to promoting sustainable practices across Africa. Additionally, Simon serves as the focal person for facilitating the AFSA Youth Group, responsible for organizing the organization’s youth-oriented programs
Charles Mulozi Olweny, Advocacy and Campaign Coordinator
Charles is a seasoned pan-Africanist and development practitioner with 13 years of experience in public policy analysis and effective social change organizing. He holds a Master of Human Rights degree from Makerere University, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Governance and Public Policy from the Uganda Management Institute. As Advocacy and Campaign Coordinator, Charles oversees Policy Research and Advocacy campaigns aimed at mobilizing citizen support for sustainable food systems. He also serves as a secretariat liaison staff for the Citizen Working Group in Agroecology. Charles has written extensively on a variety of development-related topics, and he is deeply committed to promoting active citizenship and proactive citizen agency in order to position civil society as the vanguard for justice, equity, and human dignity. Charles has played a critical role and held leadership responsibilities primarily in civil society and the NGO sub-sector throughout his career.
Bridget Mugambe, Program Coordinator
Bridget is a social scientist with over 15 years work experience with NGOs in management, strategic planning, budgeting, fundraising, and gender mainstreaming. Her competencies are mainly in policy analysis, campaigns and advocacy, capacity building, generation and dissemination of information on food sovereignty. As AFSA’s Program Coordinator, Bridget oversees policy advocacy on seed sovereignty, community land rights, climate justice, and consumer action, supporting AFSA working groups to implement agreed strategies and work plans, and spearheading fundraising initiatives within the organization. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Social Sciences (Public Administration), Bachelor of Arts Degree in Social Sciences (Sociology) and a Post Graduate Diploma in Monitoring and Evaluation.
Famara Diédhiou, Program Officer - West Africa
Famara Diédhiou holds an MBA from the African Center for Higher Studies in Management (CESAG, Dakar, Senegal) and a master’s degree in regional planning, environment and urban management. Famara has 12 years’ professional experience working mostly in rural development, particularly in the establishment of community seed and cereal banks, and organizing women’s groups for urban-rural partnership and advocacy. Active in organic and agroecology movements, he also developed strong international experience both in Africa and outside the continent. Currently Famara is active in various networks in West Africa to advance the food sovereignty struggle and African driven solutions.
Kirubel Tadele, Communications Officer
Kirubel is an avid Pan-African who is committed to environmental, social justice, and human rights causes in Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature from Addis Abeba University and has worked in both national and international NGOs for over ten years in environmental advocacy and communication.
Charles Tumuhe, Healthy Soil Healthy Food Project Officer
Charles is an agricultural extension, training, and rural development expert with eight years of experience working for government and non-governmental organizations in Uganda. In his current role as an AFSA Healthy Soil Healthy Food (HSHF) project officer, Charles is responsible for overseeing capacity-building initiatives for HSHF organizations. Charles has published several journal articles on topics such as agroforestry, stakeholder analysis, community action planning, and Ugandan indigenous seeds and foods and has taught in both academic and rural farm settings. He is passionate about agroecology and climate adaptation strategies and holds a Master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resource Management, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Project Monitoring and Evaluation, and a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture.
Sarah Nabatanzi, Finance and Administration Assistant
Sarah is a certified Public Accountant (CPAU) and holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Accounting and Finance. She also holds a National Diploma in Accountancy and currently pursuing a master’s degree in Business administration at the University of East London. She has over 10 years practical experience in the accounting field. As a Finance and Administration assistant at AFSA, she is in charge of financial position reconciliations, overseeing tax obligations, whilst steering overall day to day accounting, financial and administration activities. Supports the compiling and presentation of financial statements as well as management reports, supports external audit processes, processing payment transactions, accountability verification, managing the payroll and coordinating international travel logistics.
Abbot Ntwali, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer
Abbot started his professional journey in the healthcare industry, where he worked alongside local communities of individuals living with HIV. His role included managing partnerships with sub-grantee organizations and overseeing their activities. Abbot has a strong inclination towards Monitoring and Evaluation, coupled with a deep passion to support organizations in accomplishing their objectives and strengthening their capabilities. For over a decade, Abbot has been involved in measuring the impact of interventions related to agroecological agriculture and reproductive health. Throughout his career, he has worked with a variety of organizations, ranging from community-based NGOs to national and international NGOs. Abbot is an active member of the Uganda Evaluation Association, which is the professional body of evaluators in Uganda.
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