Prof. Salah Arafa: Representing Northern Africa

Prof. Salah Arafa is a Custodian of the AfricaWide Movement for Children (AMC) Representing North Africa and replacing former Custodian, Dr Ali Mohammed Osman

Prof. Salah Arafa is a tenured professor of physics at the School of Sciences and Engineering, the American University in Cairo. Prof. Arafa is well known nationally and internationally for his pioneering work in environment, utilization of renewable energies, rural community development, and children protection, engagements and empowerment.

Prof. Arafa is a Board Member of the Forum of Dialogue and Partnership for Development (FDPD) ; Board Member of the Egyptian Coalition for Child Rights (ECCR) ; Board Member of the Arab Network for Child Rights (MANARA) ; Fellow Professor of Renewable Energy and Sustainable Development, Stromstad Academy, Sweden, and Senior Ashoka Fellow, Ashoka Arab-Region.

Mrs Stella Ayo Odongo: Representing Eastern Africa

Mrs Stella Ayo-Odongo, Executive Director of the Uganda Child Rights NGO Network (UCRNN), is a Custodian of the AfricaWide Movement for Children (AMC) representing Eastern Africa, and replacing former Custodian Eric Guga.

Mrs Stella Ayo-Odongo has worked in the development field for over 15 years and has particularly gained extensive knowledge and experience in advocating for vulnerable groups such as the elderly and children. In the last five years she spearheaded several advocacy initiatives at national, regional and international levels particularly on child rights concerns.

Mrs Ayo-Odongo has been extensively involved in technical services at national and regional levels. Some of these engagements include: evaluation of the child labour programme and facilitating the development of a national child labour policy for the KURET Initiative in Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda, evaluation of the mental health programme for Mental Health Uganda, Team Leader for the Child Protection Advocacy Report for the African Child Policy Forum (ACPF), Team Leader for the Contextual Analysis on the Situation of Children for the International Child Support Programme, facilitating the development of a National Child Participation Guideline for Uganda, and contributing to the generation of a national Situational Analysis Report on the situation of children.

She has an MSc degree in Development Management (Open University-UK) and an Honors degree in Social Sciences (Makerere University-Uganda), and has participated in several professional development courses in political and policy advocacy training, project planning and management among others.

Mr Théophane Nikyèma, Head, AMC Secretariat

Mr Théophane Nikyèma, Executive Director of The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) since August 1st 2013, is the Head of the AMC Secretariat.

Mr Théophane Nikyèma has over 20 years of experience of international development and children rights, having served in leadership positions within the United Nations System in Africa (Mali, Uganda, Senegal, Rwanda, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Burundi) and in Asia (Vietnam and Nepal).

His previous appointments include UNICEF Representative a.i. to Mali (2012), UNDP Resident Representative, UN Resident Coordinator, Designated Official, and Humanitarian Coordinator to Uganda (2006-2012), UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for West and Central Africa (2003-2006), and UNICEF Representative to Rwanda (2000-2003).

He holds a Bachelor Degree in Economics from the Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal and a Master’s of Business Administration from the Peter F. Drucker and Masatoshi Ito Graduate School of Management of Claremont Graduate University, USA.