Who we are

Management

William Bourdon

William Bourdon

Chair

William Bourdon is a lawyer and member of the Paris bar, specialized in corporate, media and criminal law. A lawyer at the forefront in the field of Human Rights, he defends victims of globalization and crimes against humanity. Bourdon is the advocate of whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Hervé Falciani (Swissleaks) and Antoine Deltour (Luxleaks). Previously, he was the advocate for Wikileaks Julian Assange. In 2001, he founded the association Sherpa the purpose of which is to “defend victims of crimes committed by economic operators.” He was secretary general of the International Federation for Human Rights from 1995 to 2000. William Bourdon is the author of several publications on questions of international justice and Human Rights and the “Petit manuel de désobéissance citoyenne” (Short manual on citizens’ disobedience) (2014).

Alioune Tine

Alioune Tine

Administrator

Alioune Tine is a prominent Human rights defender in Western Africa. A former professor at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, he created in 1990 with other activists the Rencontre africaine pour la defense des droits de l’Homme (RADDHO), one of the most influential human rights organizations in francophone Africa, always at the forefront of the fight against impunity. Tine had been the director of the RADDHO for more than 20 years when he was appointed president of the Human Rights Senegalese Committee, an administrative authority responsible for advising the Senegalese Government on Human rights protection. In 2015, Alioune Tine was appointed Director of Amnesty international for Western Africa, running the work of Amnesty in 22 African countries.

Henri Thulliez

Henri Thulliez

Treasurer

Henri Thulliez is a lawyer and member of the Paris bar, and the Director of the Fondation pour l’Egalité des Chances en Afrique. He graduated in Law School at University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, and holds a LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) in conflict resolution as well as a Master in International administration from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He was the coordinator at Human Rights Watch of the Hissène Habré case, the former president of Chad who was tried before a special court in Senegal. Henri Thulliez has written numerous articles in Le Monde, Libération, Huffington Post US, Huffington Post France and Newsweek Europe.

Baltazar Garzón

Baltazar Garzón

Administrator

Baltazar Garzon is a Judge with 32 years of experience, specialized in the investigation of crimes against Humanity, terrorism, drug trafficking, corruption, economic and financial crimes. He is the President of the International Foundation Baltasar Garzón (FIBGAR) and the “International Legal Office for Cooperation and Development” (ILOCAD). Has been a Criminal Law professor at the Complutense University of Madrid for 22 years and was the adviser to the prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) between 2010 and 2012. Author of seven books, he also publishes articles and essays frequently.

Jihan El-Tahri

Jihan El-Tahri

Administrator

Jihan El-Tahri is an award-winning director, writer, producer and visual artist. She is an Egyptian and French national, who started her career as a Foreign Correspondent covering Middle East Politics. She has produced and directed numerous documentaries, including “Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs”, “Behind the Rainbow”, “Cuba, an African Odyssey”, as well as the Emmy nominated House of Saud. Her writings include “Les Sept Vies de Yasser Arafat” (Grasset) and “Israel and the Arabs, The 50 Years war” (Penguin). El-Tahri has served as treasurer of the Guild of African Filmmakers in the Diaspora, Regional Secretary of the Federation of Pan African Cinema (FEPACI) and as an Advisor on Focus Feature’s Africa first Program.

Mark Worth

Mark Worth

Administrator

Mark Worth has been a public interest activist and investigative journalist in the US and Europe for 30 years. He is the co-founder and co-coordinator of the Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection, and a member of the UNODC Expert Group on Whistleblowing. He was the Director of the International Whistleblower Project at Blueprint for Free Speech. He is the founding coordinator of Transparency International’s Whistleblower Program, and the author of a book on food safety. He holds degrees in journalism from the University of Florida and engineering from the Florida Institute of Technology.

Staff

Khadija Sharife

Khadija Sharife

Director

The Director of PPLAAF is South Africa-based Khadija Sharife. Khadija Sharife is an award-winning investigative journalist, researcher and editor. She is the Africa editor of OCCRP, author of Tax Us If You Can: Africa, board member of Finance Uncovered and fellow with the World Policy Institute. Previously, she was the editor at the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR). Her work has been presented at a number of forums including OECD, AU, Pan-African Parliaments among other platforms. She holds a master of financial law and is based in South Africa.

Lee-Ann James

Lee-Ann James

Senior Paralegal

Lee-Ann is a Senior Paralegal at PPLAAF. Lee-Ann Obtained her Senior Paralegal Diploma in 2011 through the South African School of Paralegal Studies and has been working for attorneys, specializing in labour law, since 2012. Lee-Ann Completed her Disciplinary Skills course through Lexis Nexis South Africa in 2012 which allows her to chair Disciplinary Hearings. She is currently completing her Law Degree through the University of South Africa.

Gabriel Fattal

Gabriel Fattal

Project Manager

Gabriel Fattal is a project manager at PPLAAF. Gabriel has obtained his LL. B from the University of Haifa in 2014 and became a registered lawyer in 2015. He has a rich experience in human rights and public campaigns. Among others, we co-founded Israel’s leading organization against deportation of migrant workers’ children and was a project manager at the International Forum for Peace in Paris. Gabriel is an alumnus of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin and of the Our Generation Speaks Fellowship in Boston.

Jaysen Naidoo

Jaysen Naidoo

Technical Support / Developer

Jaysen Naidoo provides technical support and software and web development for PPLAAF. Jaysen is a software engineer with years of experience in application and software development.

Advisory board

Anas Aremeyaw

Anas Aremeyaw

Anas Aremeyaw Anas is a Ghanaian investigative journalist. Anas’s motto is “name, shame and jail” and he is famous for utilizing his anonymity as a tool in his investigative arsenal. Anas has won critical acclaim for his work advocating for basic human rights such as the right to not be held in human slavery or servitude and for his work exposing corruption. Anas has won more than 14 international awards for his investigative work. He was named one of the “Most Influential Africans of the Year” by New African magazine. In December 2015 Foreign Policy magazine named Anas one of 2015’s leading global thinkers, an honour previously granted to the likes of Barack Obama, Aung San Suu Kyi, Pope Benedict XVI, and Malala Yousafzai.

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey

Nnimmo Bassey is director of the ecological think-tank, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and member steering committee of Oilwatch International. He was chair of Friends of the Earth International and Executive Director of Nigeria’s Environmental Rights Action. He was a co-recipient of the 2010 Right Livelihood Award also known as the “Alternative Noble Prize.” In 2012 he received the Rafto Human Rights Award. In 2014 he received Nigeria’s national honour as Member of the Federal Republic (MFR) in recognition of his environmental activism. Bassey is a Fellow of the Nigerian Institute of Architects.

Jacques-Marie Bourget

Jacques-Marie Bourget

Jacques-Marie Bourget is an investigative journalist and a reporter who covered many conflicts (the Six-Day War, the Vietnam War, the Lebanese Civil War, the Salvadoran Civil War, the Ex-Yugoslavia wars, etc.) He wrote for the main French newspapers (L’Aurore, Le Canard enchaîné, L’Express, VSD, Paris Match, etc.). In 1986, he received the Scoop Prize for revealing the “Rainbow Warrior” story, the Greenpeace boat sunked by the French secret services in Aukland in July 1985 because of the organisation’s opposition to the French Nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific. Jacques-Marie Bourget is the author of several books, including “Des Affaires très spéciales”, “Survivre à Gaza”, “Sabra-Chatila au cœur du massacre”, “Le Vilain petit Qatar”.

John Christensen

John Christensen

John Christensen is a founder and director of the global Tax Justice Network, an expert-led network which leads global efforts to tackle tax havens and strengthen international cooperation on tax avoidance and offshore secrecy. He is a member of the governance board of the UNDP / OECD Tax Inspectors Without Borders. His research on offshore finance has been widely published in books and academic journals, and John has taken part in many films, television documentaries and radio programmes.

Andrew Feinstein

Andrew Feinstein

Andrew Feinstein is a South African writer and campaigner based in the UK. He was a facilitator in the constitutional negotiations process that led to the first democratic elections in South Africa in 1994, when he was elected an ANC Member of Parliament. He served as an MP for more than seven years – on Parliament’s Finance committee, serving as Deputy Chair of the country’s Audit Commission and as the ranking ANC member on the key financial oversight body, the Public Accounts Committee. He resigned in protest when the Public Accounts Committee was prohibited from investigating a massive arms deal involving several European companies that was tainted by allegations of high-level corruption.

John Githongo

John Githongo

John Githongo is the CEO of Inuka Kenya Ni Sisi!, a non-governmental organisation involved in governance issues broadly defined. John is also a past Chairman of the Africa Institute for Governing with Integrity; Executive Vice Chair of the Mathare Youth Sports Association (MYSA); Chair board member of the Africa Center for Open Governance (AFRICOG); and as Commissioner of the Independent Commission on Aid Impact (ICAI) of the British government. Previously, he served as Vice President of World Vision, Senior Associate Member, St Antony’s College Oxford; Permanent Secretary in the Office of the President in charge of Governance and Ethics of the Kenya Government; CEO Transparency International Kenya and a board member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission. In 2011 he was selected as one of the world’s 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine and one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine.

William Gumede

William Gumede

William Gumede is Associate Professor, School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He is the Chairperson of the Democracy Works Foundation. One of his recent books is Restless Nation - Making Sense of Troubled Times (Tafelberg).

Mohamed Kamel Jendoubi

Mohamed Kamel Jendoubi

Mohamed Kamel Jendoubi is a Tunisian Human rights activist, active member et president of several Human rights organizations, including the Cairo Institute for Human rights Studies. He was minister in charge of the relations between Constitutional institutions, civil society and Human rights, between January 2016 and September 2016. Mohamed Kamel Jendoubi has also presided, for 3 years, the Independent High Authority for Elections in Tunisia, which was in charge of the election of the October 23rd, 2011 Constituent Assembly.

Claude Kabemba

Claude Kabemba

Claude Kabemba is the Director of the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW). In 2006, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) asked him to spearhead the formation of SARW. Dr. Kabemba’s main areas of research interest include Political economy of Sub Saharan Africa with focus on Southern and Central Africa looking specifically on issues of democratization and governance, natural resources governance, election politics, citizen participation, conflicts, media, political parties, civil society and social policies. He has consulted for international organizations such Oxfam, UNHCR, The Norwegian People’s Aid, Electoral Commissions and the African Union. He has undertaken various evaluations related to the work of Electoral Commissions and civil society groups interventions in the electoral process in many African countries.

Anuradha Mittal

Anuradha Mittal

Anuradha Mittal, founder and exective director of the Oakland Institute is an internationally renowned expert on trade, development, human rights and agriculture issues. Recipient of several awards, Anuradha Mittal was named as the Most Valuable Thinker by the Nation Magazine. The Institute has unveiled land investment deals in the developing world which revealed a disturbing pattern of lack of transparency, fairness and accountability. The dynamic relationship between research advocacy and international media coverage has resulted in an amazing string of successes and organising in the US and abroad.

Alvin Mosioma

Alvin Mosioma

Alvin Mosioma is the founding Executive Director of Tax Justice Network – Africa. Mr. Mosioma who served as the Chair of the Financial Transparency Coalition (FTC) is the leading voice on tax policy in Africa. He holds a Master degree in Economics from the Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz and has special interest areas which include; fiscal policy, international taxation, financial regulation and natural resource governance.

Roshnee Narrandes

Roshnee Narrandes

Roshnee Narrandes is the OSISA Partnerships Manager. Prior to joining OSISA in 2004 she worked at the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy on special projects. She holds a Master’s degree in Public and Development Management from the University of the Witwatersrand.

Giovanni Pellerano

Giovanni Pellerano

Giovanni Pellerano is the CTO of GlobaLeaks abd privacy and transparency activist at the Hermes Center, IT, and an Italian computer engineer. Pellerano is a tansparency advocate and privacy activist. In 2012 he co-founded the Hermes Center for Transparency and Digital Human Rights where he is researching the field of whistleblowing best practices and where he led the development of GlobaLeaks. In 2016 he co-founded Whistleblowing Solutions, a social enterprise offering whistleblowing services applied to anti-corruption with the strong aim of making the world a better place.

Thomas Pogge

Thomas Pogge

Having received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard, Thomas Pogge is Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs and founding Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale. Pogge is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science as well as co-founder of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), an international network aiming to enhance the impact of scholars, teachers and students on global poverty, and of Incentives for Global Health, a team effort toward developing a complement to the pharmaceutical patent regime that would improve access to advanced medicines for the poor worldwide.

Ben Wizner

Ben Wizner

Ben Wizner is the director of the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project. For more than 15 years, he has worked at the intersection of human rights and national security, litigating numerous cases involving airport security policies, government watch lists, surveillance practices, targeted killing, and torture. He appears regularly in the global media, has testified before Congress, and is an adjunct professor at New York University School of Law. Since July of 2013, he has been the principal legal advisor to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden. Ben is a graduate of Harvard College and New York University School of Law and was a law clerk to the Hon. Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ambassadors

Alain Mabanckou

Alain Mabanckou

Alain Mabanckou is a novelist and a poet. Mabanckou was born in Congo-Brazzaville in 1966, and is the author of several collections of poems as well as novels, including “Broken Glass” and “Memoirs of a Porcupine”. His work has been translated into twenty different languages. He has received many awards, including the prize of the Society of French Poets, the Literary Grand Prix of Black Africa and the Prix Renaudot. He lives in the United States and teaches at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA). He is a guest lecturer at the College de France. He is particularly committed to the protection of the freedom of expression.

Mathieu Kassovitz

Mathieu Kassovitz

Mathieu Kassovitz is a French actor, scriptwriter, film director and producer. He notably had a role in Regarde les hommes tomber (1994), for which he received a César Award for Most Promising Actor, Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie Poulain (2001), Amen  (2002), Un illustre inconnu (2014). He received the César for Best Film and Best Editing for the movie La Haine (1995) that he directed. He also directed Les rivières pourpres (2000), Gothika (2003), L’Ordre et la Morale (2011). He personified an agent of the General Directorate for External Security, France’s external intelligence agency, in the French TV series Le Bureau des légendes since 2015, and Napoléon Bonaparte in the British-American TV series War & Peace in 2016. In 2017, he appeared, in a short film related to an awareness campaign of the Collectif pour une nation-refuge (Collective for a refuge-nation), which brings together various associations involved in the defence and reception of migrants in France.

Partners

Africtivistes Blueprint Convention of Business Integrity Civil Society Network Against Corruption Corruption Watch UK Democracy Works Economic Justice Network Finance Uncovered Globaleaks Hermes Center Homef ICIJ OCCRP ODAC Oaklands Institute Public Eye Sherpa TJN-A

Donors

Fondation pour l'Égalité des Chances en Afrique OSIWA