CIVICUS Board of Directors
ICD has become a national and international reference in the field of supporting institutional building and capacities of CSOs, promoting NGO accountability and the enhancement of the role of civil society in public policies. ICD and Anabel were involved in the creation and promotion of CIVICUS from the inception of CIVICUS in 1993. Anabel is a well-known expert on civil society and citizen participation, she is the Vice Chair of the Core Humanitarian Standard Alliance and an active member of ISTR (International Society for Third-Sector Research).
He is currently the Global Co-Chair of GCAP (Global Call to Action against Poverty). GCAP has played a critical role in peoples’ mobilization and attracting attention of policy makers on issues of national government accountability, aid, debt and trade. The campaign over the years has been a key actor mobilizing and channelizing citizen’s energies for achieving MDGs and framing just post 2030 agenda. Amitabh was also a Steering Committee Member of the Beyond 2015. He also played an important role in shaping the action/2015 globally (including co-convening the global launch action group of action/2015) while anchoring the action/2015 campaign in India.
He is the Convener of the National Social Watch Coalition (NSWC) which works as the national coalition of Social Watch. Amitabh was also the convener of Wada Na Todo Abhiyaan (Don’t Break your promises campaign - one of the largest civil society campaigns for governance accountability in India) for Six years and played an instrumental role in building and shaping the campaign. As the Convener of WNTA, Amitabh led the process of Civil Society inputs into the 12th Five Year Plan. He continues to lead the SDG and agenda 2030 work of WNTA (which is also the national platform of civil society groups on MDGs/SDGs) and provided leadership to the development of a process for working towards a post MDG framework in India in partnership with UN and other stakeholders.
He is Member of Governing Board of several organizations including Global Fund for Community Foundations (GFCF); Global Call to Action Against Poverty (GCAP); Advisory Board of Amnesty International in India; Centre for Budget and Governance and Accountability (CBGA), Delhi; Vani (Voluntary Action Network of India); Navsarjan Trust (is one the leading organization of the Dalit movement in India); Mobile Creches; and is the President of Yuva (It was one of the key anchors of the World Social Forum (WSF) held in Mumbai in 2004).
He was earlier the Executive Director of the National Centre for Advocacy Studies (NCAS) and has worked with the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) and the Ford Foundation. As the Executive Director of NCAS, Amitabh led capacity building of individuals, activists, organizations and networks across India and South Asia.
Amitabh works on issues of Governance, civil society and philanthropy with a special focus on governance accountability and decentralized governance.
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Elisa has 20 years of experience in international campaigning, grassroots movement building and high-level advocacy. She has worked and lived in central and north America, Europe and Russia. She witnessed the too often devastating impacts of large-scale resource exploitation on people and nature when living alongside indigenous communities in the arctic for five years - hence her long-standing interest in and passion for equitable and sustainable resource use.
Elisa also spent 6 years working for the United Nations as the Head of the UN’s Non-governmental Liaison Service (NGLS) in New York, advocating for and supporting civil society’s meaningful participation in the UN’s policy making processes. Most recently, she advised The Elders, a group of former Heads of State and Nobel Prize winners, on their political strategies related to peace and security, sustainable development, climate change and women’s rights .
On Twitter @ElisaPeter
Julia came to this position in August 2011 with extensive experience in top‐level international development management, including many years working in the civil society sector in Latin America and Asia (Bolivia, Guatemala, Nepal and India). Julia is perfectly fluent in English, Spanish and French.
Central to her work has been building partnerships with and participating in/facilitating broad, multi-sectoral coalitions and networks with numerous Canadian and international partners and donors. She is recognized as a natural convener, and for her collaborative and constructive leadership approach.
Julia has designed and managed programs in humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, governance, democratic development, community-based economic development and campaigning on climate change. At CCIC, she has focused on promoting policy work in international cooperation, including on the enabling environment for civil society. She is the main spokesperson for the organization and represents the sector on multiple national and international forums. Currently she is on the boards/steering committees/advisory or strategy groups of: Imagine Canada, the North South Institute, CPDE, the Voices coalition, and the Americas Policy Group.
She holds two degrees from McGill University: a BA in Political Science and Economics (1985) and an MA in Economics (1996). Her specialization is in international and development economics.
On Twitter @JSanchezCCIC
Ms. Murray serves on boards and councils of non-profit organizations, including the African Women's Development Fund, Commonwealth, Global Force for Healing, and Global Justice Center. She is the recipient of many awards and honours for women's health and philanthropy, and in 2005 she was nominated as one of a group of 1,000 women for the Nobel Peace Prize. Her book on the early years of the Global Fund for Women is Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing for Positive Change. The 2nd edition of her more recent book on international women's health, From Outrage to Courage: The Unjust and Unhealthy Situation of Women in Poorer Countries and What They Are Doing About It, appeared in 2nd edition in May 2013.
Aya has been changing the narrative about Tunisia, Africa and the Middle East through blogging, organizing, producing documentaries, curating programs and delivering talks at High Level events and international platforms including the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum, the US Congress and TEDx. She is a consultant to the African Union and the United Nations, claiming the agenda of African women and youth at the center of regional and international discourse. Aya is a campaigner and member of multiple solidarity networks including Women Living Under Muslim Laws (WLUML), Association of Women’s Rights in Development (AWID), Development Awareness Raising and Education Forum (DARE Forum), and International Center of Nonviolent Conflict (ICNC).
She previously worked at the refugee camps during 2011 Libya’s civil war and monitored 2012 Egyptian Presidential Elections. However, she was blacklisted and banned from entering Egypt since March 2014. In recognition to her achievements, Aya was named one of Africa's most Outstanding Young Women leaders in 2013 (Ghana) and won the Young Achiever of the year 2015 (South Africa). She is currently a Mo Ibrahim Scholar for an MA in African Studies at SOAS, university of London.
On Twitter @aya_chebbi
He has been involved with CIVICUS since 2011 and in 2014 he became part of the Steering Committee of AGNA – the Affinity Group of National Associations - CIVICUS, representing Latin America. I´ve been member of CIVICUS since 2011, and I was elected in 2014 to join AGNA representing Latin America. He is specialized in international cooperation for development, corporate social responsibility and fundraising. He´s been also teaching in several universities around the world, dedicated to the situation of NGOs and civil society in Latin America and the world. He speaks Spanish, English and French. He is political scientist and Masters in International Relations.
On Twitter @CorreaGuille
As a systemic thinker and organizational strategist, Jesse looks to challenge CIVICUS and its membership to rise to the issues that we face and work collectively to strengthen civil society and democracy around the world. Additionally, Jesse plans to bring a millennial perspective with technology and strategy expertise to the board. He has recently been involved in the World Citizens Movement global conferences, the DEEEP Explorers program, the action/2015 campaign, and several progressive causes in the United States including, most recently, a major US presidential campaign as a community organizer.. These learning experiences provided him with lessons that he shared in a TED talk entitled “Redefining Democracy for People’s Power,” which challenges people and organizations to think differently about community engagement in between elections. In his free time, Jesse enjoys spending time with family and friends, working out, cooking, philosophy, and politics.
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Currently, Nilda is Vice President – Operations at the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL), working hard every day to counter the worldwide trend of restrictions against civil society. She is leading ICNL’s work in international advocacy, including development cooperation, Agenda 2030 and the Open Government Partnership. Prior to joining ICNL in Washington, DC, she was Executive Director of the European Center for Not-for-Profit Law and worked directly on legal reform for civil society in over 20 countries of Central and Eastern Europe.
Nilda is an internationally recognized leader, having served as Chair of the Civil Society Advisory Committee to the UNDP Administrator and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, among others. Today, she still believes in the strength of citizens to bring about much needed positive social change.
On Twitter @Nbullain
He also serves on the Executive Committee of the Civil Society Pillar of the Community of Democracy. From 2004 onwards Oyebisi has headed successively series of portfolios of activities on development policy, civil society strengthening and participatory governance. He serves and has served on the Board of many companies and civil society organisations including Society for Family and Social Protection in Nigeria. Oyebisi a World Citizen is a Fellow, ICNL Global Forum 2015.
On Twitter @oyebisi
Pauline has a degree in law (LLB) from Moi University, is an Acumen East Africa Fellow and an Ashoka Youth Venture Mentor. She hopes her presence in the board will provide an important lens when trying to understand collective responsibilities in perpetuating hope and exploring ways in which we can provide continual opportunities for young people to change the trajectory of their lives and that of their communities.
On Twitter @paulinewanja
Xu Bin has the capacity, vision and experience to play this role. She will be able to provide a general overview of the civil society situation in China and broader Asia, while also contributing thematically on many gender-related and equity/rights related issues that are so important in today's Asia. She is a good leader, speaks good English and is used to this type of role.