Rhoda Limbani Mshana, a Tanzanian national, is currently the Chief Energy Sector Regulations Specialist at the African Development Bank, providing support and programming to African countries to establish power sector policies, legislation and regulatory frameworks that ensure sustained commercial viability of the sector. Rhoda has worked with both the public and private sectors in the areas of strategy development, financial management, operations improvement and project management across Africa. Led and executed strategy to develop new business areas and improve corporate performance. Before joining the AfDB, she was a Manager at Deloitte Consulting, where she was instrumental in growing the grants management service line, establishing a team and institutional tools to double the size of the operations across the East African region. She has led and contributed to the publication of the “Electricity Regulatory Index (ERI) for Africa 2018” by the African Development Bank and “Understanding Power Project Financing” by the Africa Legal Support Facility (2016). Outside of her professional experience, Rhoda devotes her personal time on various initiatives and programs in the areas of human rights, gender and sexual rights. She has proudly i) led a group of individual feminists to pioneer the production of the Vagina Monologues in Tanzania; ii) sat as a Board Member on the Tanzanian NGO, Femina HIP, and iii) been nominated as Freedom House Fellow. Rhoda has a Masters in Economics from the University of London, UK (2000), and a Bachelors in Business Administration with a triple major in Economics, Marketing and International Business from Creighton University, Nebraska, USA (1999).
Lorna Dias, a Kenyan national, is a media consultant and social justice activist with 15 years’ experience in policy engagement and advocacy around governance, human rights and HIV. Lorna is (outgoing) Board Chair of UHAI. She has been Executive Coordinator of Gay and Lesbian Coalition of Kenya (GALCK) since 2014, and was most previously Technical Officer: Documentation and Guidelines at Kenya’s Ministry of Health National AIDS and STI Control Programme Technical Support Unit (2013-2014); and the Most-at-Risk Populations Programme Coordinator at Kenya’s leading HIV testing and treatment provider, LVCT Health (2008-2013). She has a Bachelors in Psychology (Counseling) from University of Nairobi (2007) and a Bachelors in Education from Kenyatta University (1990). She has contributed to several publications on violence, sexual health and human rights among sexual and gender minorities people, sex workers, and people who use drugs, and has supported development of key institutional policies and manuals at LVCT Health, and in her Board service at UHAI. Most recent of various professional course she has undertaken, Lorna attended the Financial Management training by MANGO (2016) and the Feminist Leadership, Movement Building and Rights Institute by CREA (2016).
Chris Dolan, a resident of Uganda, is an activist-academic, author and consultant with over 20 years’ experience in teaching and training, management, movement building and mentoring, qualitative and participatory research, writing, and public speaking in the areas of conflict-related sexual violence, gender, sexuality, masculinities, militarization, dynamics of inclusion and exclusion in conflict and forced migration settings, humanitarian and transitional justice processes in Africa, Europe and South East Asia, and across academic, multilateral and non-government settings. He has been Director of the Refugee Law Project, Uganda since 2006. Chris has created platforms for the voices of survivors of violence and raised global awareness of conflict-related sexual violence against men and boys, he has built and sustained a strong Global-South based institution with international reputation for research, practice and advocacy, and chaired the civil society coalition that overturned the Anti-Homosexuality Act in Uganda in 2014. Chris has a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics (2005), a Masters in Development Studies from the University of East Anglia, United Kingdom (1991), and a Bachelors in Social & Political Sciences from the Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (1990). Previously, Chris was Reintegration Consultant for UNHCR in the Democratic Republic of Congo (2005-2006); Lead Researcher and Project Manager at ACORD in Uganda, focusing on political emergencies and peacebuilding (1997-2002), Lead Researcher and Project Manager at the University of Oxford Refugee Studies Programme, Mozambique and UK (1996-1997); the Founder, Fundraiser and Lead Researcher at the University of Witwatersrand Rural Facility Programme on Refugees and Illegal Migrants and their role in development in South Africa (1994-1996); and Researcher and Community Development Worker at the University of Witwatersrand Rural Facility Programme (1992-1994). Chris has been severally invited for Postgraduate teaching and lecture assignments; most recently being at the Grotius Center for International Legal Studies (2016), the Institute for Social Studies in The Hague (2015), Institute for Development Studies, UK (2015), The Hague Academy on Advanced International Criminal Law (2015), University of Leuven (2015), CERAH Geneva (2015-2017), New York University, US (2014), and University of British Columbia (2014). He has had numerous speaking engagements, convening facilitations, journal reviews, fellowships attendance and professional development courses.
Shamim Salim Juma is a Kenyan national. She is a queer woman with disability, and human rights activist with 2 years’ experience in advancing policies and structures that protect, promote, and enhance the realization of the civil and political rights for people marginalised by sexual and gender identity and disability. Shamim has been Program Manager for the sexual and gender minorities Safe Space Program at Church World Service, Kenya since 2016, where she has been responsible for programme planning, fundraising, development, innovation and management. She has also since 2016 been a member of “Because Womyn”, a programme of the Kenya National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC). Previously, in 2016, she was Project Coordinator at Action Network for the Disabled where she managed their “Sports for Change” programme that promotes access to quality education among children with and without disabilities living in informal settlements. Between 2015 and 2016 she was an intern at Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC), working on statelessness, on sexual and gender minorities human rights and review of election laws. In 2015, she worked at Havilla Children’s Home in Kenya, and between 2012 and 2014, she was an Outreach Volunteer at Leonard Cheshire Disability International. Shamim has a Postgraduate Diploma in Governance, Leadership and Elections from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) (2017) a Bachelor’s in International Relations with a concentration in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs, and a minor in Criminal Justice systems, from the United States International University—Africa (USIU-A) (2015). Shamim has taken a professional course in Monitoring and Evaluation, and she has had various advocacy speaking engagements including at the High-Level Youth Policy Dialogue on SDGs at UN Habitat.
Christian Rumu, a Burundian national resident in Kenya, is a queer-identifying human rights activist with a background in community building, advocacy and human rights, including for sexual and gender minorities persons, and currently works on campaigns and advocacy to advance human rights in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda, as Great Lakes Campaigner for Amnesty International. He has been in the role since 2015. Previously, he was an Assistant to the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders at the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) in The Gambia (2014-2015) where he provided administrative support and drafted appeals to governments, media outputs and supported research on human rights violations against human rights defenders across Africa. Christian has since 2012 been a Board member of MOLI—a national sexual and gender minorities human rights research and advocacy organisation in Burundi. Immediately before that he was MOLI’s Executive Director (2010-2012). In this role he developed programmes to document human rights violations based on sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (SOGI/E), managed two regional initiatives for emergency support to sexual and gender minorities activists at risk, and collaborated in production of an alternative report on human rights based on SOGI/E to ACHPR. Previous to MOLI, he was also President of HUMURE—a national sexual and gender minorities health programming and advocacy in Burundi. In his role he led a dynamic initiative to repeal the 2008 anti-gay bill in Burundi. Christian is a graduate of Petit Seminaire de Mugeri in DRC, and has a CELOP Certificate from Boston University, and has earned credits in History and Government at the Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, United States, and credits in Communication Science at Universite Lumiere de Bujumbura. Christian is fluent in English, French, Swahili and Kirundi.