Our Governance

Pan African Climate Justice Alliance is governed by the General Assembly, The Continental Executive Board-(CEB), and the Secretariat.

The General Assembly (GA)
The General Assembly is the supreme policy and decision making organ for the Alliance. The General Assembly is composed of members as described in article 4.0 of PACJA constitution and maintains equity, gender and a regional balance.

The Continental Executive Board (CEB)
The Continental Executive Board is the oversight and Policy organ for the Alliance.

  • John Bonds Bideri
    John Bonds Bideri
    Board Chair
  • Dr. Najwa Bourawi
    Dr. Najwa Bourawi
    Vice Chair
  • Tracy Sonny
    Tracy Sonny
    Treasurer & Chair - Finance and Administration Committee
  • Augustine B Njamnshi  Chair
    Augustine B Njamnshi Chair
    Political & Technical Affairs Committee
  • Gbemisola Titilope Akosa
    Gbemisola Titilope Akosa
    Chair – Ethics and Arbitration Committee
  • Mithika Mwenda
    Mithika Mwenda
    Secretary General

The Secretariat, is the implementing organ of the decisions and policies of the Continental Executive Board and the General Assembly.

 

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John Bonds Bideri
Board Chair

John Bonds Bideri is the Board Chair of Pan African Climate Justice Alliance. He has over thirty years’ experience in Environmental issues in various countries in Africa. He is trained in international Development and Public Administration.

He has served in various boards, among them as Chairman of Work Force Development Authority (WDA), a Government of Rwanda institution responsible for the promotion of Technical and Vocational training in the country in 2010, Chairman of Participatory Ecological Land use Management (PELUM) organization operating in 10 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa with the head office in Lusaka, Zambia (2008)

Dr. Najwa Bourawi
Vice Chair

Dr. Najwa Bourawi, is the Vice Chair of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance’s Continental Executive Board. She brings to the board a wealth of leadership experience and a passion on environmental issues and sustainable development.

Dr Bourawi is currently the President of the Association for the Protection of the Environment and Sustainable Development of Bizerte (APEDDUB) and a member of the Executive Board of the Tunisian Association for the Protection of Nature and the Environment (ATPNE), She is the National Coordinator of the Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED) and was also appointed the National Coordinator of Climate Action Network (CAN) World Arab recently. She is also very passionate about children’s rights and is the Vice President of the Tunisian Association for the Rights of the

Tracy Sonny
Treasurer & Chair - Finance and Administration Committee

Ms. Tracy Sonny is the National Coordinator for Botswana Climate Change Network, and the Pan Africa Climate Justice Alliance Board member serving as the Treasurer and Chair of Finance and Administration committee. Ms. Sonny is an Environment Sociologist, with regional and international experience in energy and climate change policy review, UNFCCC negotiation processes, natural resource management, strategy and project development and management, capacity building, public campaign and mobilization. And she has previously served as UNEP Regional representative (Africa) for Major Groups and Stakeholders.

Augustine B Njamnshi Chair
Political & Technical Affairs Committee

Mr. Njamnshi is a Cameroonian lawyer with twenty three years in environmental policy and governance advocacy in Cameroon and the Central African sub-region.

He has greatly contributed in legislative and policy drafting in the areas of Access to Genetic Resources and Benefit Sharing, Biosafety, Biosecurity, Access to Environmental Information and Public Participation in decision making. He holds several elected positions representing African Civil Society in the environment sector at the international level. He is the co-founder and first chairperson of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance. He was also the UNEP Major Groups Representative for Africa, the African Civil Society Representative on the World Bank’s Forest Carbon Partnership Facility as well as the Carbon Fund. He is the Executive Secretary at the Bioresources Development and Conservation in Cameroon, The Francophone African Coordinator of The Access Initiative, He is currently the Chair of Political and Technical Affairs Committee of the Board and the Coordinator of the African Coalition for Renewable Energy and Access (ACSEA).

Gbemisola Titilope Akosa
Chair – Ethics and Arbitration Committee

Ms.  Akosa from Nigeria, is a Lawyer by profession, researcher, a passionate climate justice advocate and a gender and social inclusion expert. She brings with her a wealth of experience in Climate and Environment justice. Ms Akosa is an Environmental Leader at the Bearhs Environmental Leadership program University of California at Berkley, United States; a Vital Voices Lead Fellow, and an alumna of the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Program of the United States on Volunteerism and Community Development.

Ms Akosa is the Executive Director of Centre for 21st Century Issues (C21st), a non-governmental development organization based in Lagos, Nigeria and the Coordinator, Lagos State Gender Advocacy Team (LASGAT).

Mithika Mwenda
Secretary General

Mr. Mwenda, is the Co-founder and Secretary General of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA). He has extensively worked in climate change policy advocacy and is an experienced Public Policy analyst with training in Globalization and Social Transformation.

He is widely published and an accomplished co-convener of the National Convention Executive Council where he premiered and spearheaded the agitation for the new constitution, 2010. He has founded several community-based initiatives which have transformed peoples’ lives.

A French Magazine named him one of the 50 most Influential people in Africa in 2015 due to his work on environment, where he represents Africa in several institutions, including the World Bank, African Union, UN, etc.

A Swedish organization, Diakonia, named him one of change makers in its works in 2014 due to his role in founding PACJA, which has emerged as the most influential multi- stakeholder civil society organization in the world. Mr. Mwenda is very passionate about human rights issues and social justice.