Governing Board

Prof. John Igue, Board Chair

Prof. John O. IGUE is the new Board Chair of the Institute. He is a citizen of Benin and Professor of Geography at the Former National University of Benin (renamed University of Abomey Calavi) and General Director of West Africa Institute in Cape Verde. He has recently assumed the responsibilities of Scientific Director of Laboratoire d’Analyse Régionale et d’Expertise Sociale (LARES) (1989-2011), Advisor of The Sahelian and West African Club – OECD – Paris. Previously, he was the Benin Minister of Industry and Small scale and Medium Enterprises from 1998-2001 and Dean of Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences of National University of Benin from 1978-1981. He has published extensively and has worked with regional bodies in West Africa.

Nana Asantewa Afadzinu, Executive Director

Nana Asantewa Afadzinu, Ghanaian, currently serves as the Executive Director of WACSI. Until September 2010, she was the Regional Policy Advisor for IBIS West Africa. She also served as the Country Coordinator for OSIWA-Nigeria from January 2006-2008.

Justice Emile Short, Member

Justice Emile Short, Ghanaian, served as a Commissioner for the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice between 1993 and 2010. Between 2004 and 2009, he was granted leave of absence from the Commission to take up an appointment as a Judge with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, in Arusha, Tanzania. He has served as the President of the African Ombudsman Centre, and as a Consultant for the UNDP, the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, the Danish Institute of Human Rights, the Carter Center (USA), and Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Sweden.

Ms. Taaka Awori, Member

Ms. Taaka Awori of Liberian and Ugandian Nationality is a Consultant with Social Development and Organisational Development expertise. She has significant experience in working with donor agencies and funding mechanisms for civil society. She worked as Asst. Social Development Adviser of DFID; and undertook consultancies for many institutions such as African Women’s Development Fund (AWDF), U. K. Dept. for International Development (DFID); Comic Relief , London, U.K; World Bank Institute (WBI), African Development Bank (AfDB), CARE International, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), DANIDA, (Royal Danish Embassy), among others.

Dr. Diallo Kadidiatou Lamarana, Member

Dr. Diallo Kadidiatou Lamarana, Guinean, is a consultant on gender issues who promotes a culture of peace in Guinea. She is the Secretary General of the Secretariat of the Masters (part-time) at the University of GLC Sonfonia (Conakry) where she oversees the thesis of researchers. She has worked in several ministries in Guinea, the latest of which is the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research as a professor seconded to the Centre for Environmental Studies and Research (CEER). She also has intensive knowledge on gender issues and is a member of several women's associations. She has several publications to her title and participated in drafting the initial report on the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1997.

Abiana Nelson, Member

Abiana Nelson is a Ghanaian. She is a Chartered Accountant and a Certified Internal Auditor with nineteen years of experience in the provision of auditing, accountancy and business solutions. Countries she has worked in include Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Niger, Chad, Mauritania, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, United States of America, and Bangladesh. She has sixteen years of experience with Price Waterhouse Coopers. The first eleven years of which were spent in the Assurance line of service. She took a three year break in 2005 during which she was the West Africa Regional Audit Manager for World Vision International, a global non governmental organisation. She returned to Price Waterhouse Coopers in 2008 and joined the Advisory line of service where she provides financial and risk management services to clients.

Mrs. Ayodeji Fajemirokun

Mrs. Ayodeji Fajemirokun, is an Electrical Engineer and a technology consultant to many donor agencies and government para-statals. She is the Director General of Easyduzit Groupe; an Information Communication and Technology firm, located in the Republic of Benin and in Nigeria. She is also a strong advocate for regional integration and development especially amongst women entrepreneurs. She initiated various programmes such as OAWEF and ECOTIC that brought together businesses and women in all the fifteen ECOWAS Countries. Mrs. Ayodeji Fajemirokun is the Executive Director of OAK Centre, Benin where she dedicates her time to promoting family values, unity and core purpose through education, entertainment and recreation. She brings to the WACSI board her extensive experience in shared governance, grants development, fundraising, strategic planning and resources allocation.

Carl Manlan

Carl Manlan is the Chief Operating Officer of the Ecobank Foundation. He is an economist with over ten years of experience in health, finance and project implementation. He has worked with communities across Africa and developed systems to improve public health financing, mainly at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Carl worked with the Economic Commission for Africa as a Mo Ibrahim Fellow and with the African Union and New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) on a private sector initiative to assist the African Union fight Ebola in West Africa