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IHRDA Welcomes New Board Chair, Members

By March 20, 2012 No Comments

We are pleased to announce that IHRDA has a new Chair of the Board of Directors, Ms. Janet Ramatoulie Sallah-Njie. Ms Sallah-Njie, is a well-respected Gambian legal practitioner and runs her own law firm, Torodo Chambers. The Founding President of the Female Lawyers Association of The Gambia (FLAG), Ms Sallah-Njie has invested over two decades in legal practice, administration and non-profit advocacy for women’s rights. She has served on the Boards of ActionAid International The Gambia, and provides legal advice on a voluntary basis to West Africa Public Interest Litigation Centre (WAPILC), Girl Guides Association of The Gambia, FAWEGAM, The Francis Degaulle Njie Foundation in The Gambia. She brings a passion and a long track record of advocacy for human rights. A former Vice Chair of the Gambia Bar Association and Solicitor General of The Gambia, Ms Sallah-Njie takes over from Ms. Amie Bensouda, who had led IHRDA’s Board since 2005.

Also joining the IHRDA Board are:

Soad Milad: a child protection and children’s rights specialist. She is the former Assistant Regional Director for Middle East and the Regional Educational Advisor for Middle East at SOS Kinderdorf International. She is currently a consultant for organisational support of Wataneya Society for the Development of Orphanages. Ms. Milad brings experience working on children’s issues as IHRDA seeks to develop its work on Child Rights issues on the African Continent. As we seek to develop our work in Arabic, she brings a much needed resource in that language to IHRDA. Ms. Milad holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from the American University in Cairo.

Katherine Mulhern: a Barrister at Law.  Ms. Mulhern is a Partner in Kaye Scholer’s Corporate Department. She is a New York-qualified and UK-qualified capital markets lawyer focusing on international equity and debt capital markets. Ms. Mulhern has a wide range of experience in primary and secondary equity securities issues and has worked both in the UK and internationally. Ms. Mulhern has worked on a series of high-profile insurance-related offerings in recent years. Prior to joining Kaye Scholer, Ms. Mulhern was head of the US capital markets practice at Hogan Lovells.

Gilles Cistac: Professor of law, Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM) in Maputo. He teaches and co-ordinates the Master programme in international human rights law and sits on various university governance bodies. He consults with civil society, international organisations and the Mozambican government in policy and statute development. He serves as Co-ordinator on the board of UEM’s Rev. Jur. da Faculdade de Direito (juridical review of the Faculty of Law) and is a visiting professor of law at University of Toulouse I, where he has earlier studied. He has authored numerous published journal articles and books. He retains a keen research interest in electoral, constitutional and administrative law. He speaks Portuguese, French and Spanish, with some Chinese, Italian and English.

The four new board members join Julia Harrington Reddy, Pascal Kambale, Justice Amina Augie and Dr David Padilla.

To read more about our Board of Directors, visit our site at http://www.ihrda.org/board/