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Educational Qualifications: B. Eng (Electrical Engineering), (BUK) 1983, M. Sc (Telecommunications), (ABU) 1988

  • Director, CODESRIA Child Institute, 2007
  • Bayero University, Kano, 1984-1999: held various lecturing position riding from Graduate Assistant to Lecturer 1
  • AITEC, UK, 1994 to 2004, serving as Country Correspondent for Computers in Africa and Telecommunications in Africa magazines
  • Centre for Information Technology and Development (CITAD), as Executive Director, 1999- to date
  • Centre for Research and Documentation (CRD), Kano, Research Associate, Coordinator of a joint CRD-Stockholm University Research on the Nigerian Student Movement (2000-2004)
  • Centre for Research and Documentation (CRD), Kano, Research Associate, Coordinator of a joint CRD-Stockholm University Research on the Human Rights Movement in Nigeria (2006, on going)

Columnist with several national newspapers and have signed more than 500 newspaper and magazine articles in various national paper.



Executive Director

He is a Political Scientist from Bayero University Kano-Nigeria, with many international courses. He is a Human Rights, Anti-Corruption, Policy and Legislative Advocacy Activist interested in positive transformation of Nigeria and Africa. Auwal Musa Rafsanjani is also the Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC),as well as the Chairman, Zero Corruption Coalition (ZCC). Likewise, he is serving as the National contact of Transparency International and the past immediate coordinator representing Sub African region on Civil Society Coalition on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption .

Auwal is the trustee Board Chairman of Amnesty International Nigeria .Also was a founding Executive Committee Member of the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG), 1998-2000. And an Executive Committee Member of the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG)Publicity Secretary 2008-2012. He served as an immediate Acting General Secretary West African Civil Society Forum (WACSOF).

Auwal Musa (Rafsanjani) has many years of experience in the areas of Extractive revenue transparency, Anti-corruption, Human Rights, Gender, Environment, and Budget activism as well as rich Legislative advocacy capacity. He is a board member of many reputable organizations.

Before he became the Executive Director of CISLAC, Mr. Auwal had worked with the Community Action for Popular Participation (CAPP) as a Programme Officer where he led projects on Community Development and Human Rights. He then moved to the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD), during this period he led projects on diverse areas on Legislative /Policy Advocacy, Local Democracy, Good Governance, Constitutionalism and Development.

Mr. Auwal on the International level has gained considerable experience on training programmes and has also written many articles as well as being a regular public commentator of Newspapers, Radio, TV e.g. Al-Jazeera, CNN, BBC, NTA, AIT, TVC, Channel TV, VOA, Radio Germany, Radio France and Radio Iran, FRCN etc, both in Hausa and English languages.
He was a delegate at the National Conference in Nigeria 2014 representing Civil Society.



Barrister Adesina Oke is a seasoned legal practitioner with more than 12 years experience in the legal practice in Nigeria. He is also renowned in the areas of administrative control and management and has stormed the weather in the legal profession.

He was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1995 and has been active in private practice. He was an Associate Partner with Opeyemi, Bamidele & Associates. He was appointed the company secretary/Legal Advisor of a multi-national construction company in 2004 and was saddled with the responsibilities of the company which encompassed litigation and corporate practice.

He is an industrious, hardworking and brave man who believes in setting things right and always striving hard to achieve success.



Ambassador Nkoyo Toyo was the first Executive Director of Gender and Development Action, an organisation she co-founded with Dr. Eka Williams and Ms. Barbara Riley.

A lawyer and Development Consultant, Nkoyo Toyo studied at Ahmadu Bello University from 1975-1979, where she obtained a Bachelor’s degree (LL.B) with honours in Law. She was called to the bar in 1980 and obtained a Master’s degree, also in law (LL.M), in 1993.

Driven by her passion for human rights and gender equity, she decided to apply her legal knowledge to development work. In her effort to equip herself for the challenge she sought and earned a Chevenning scholarship to study Governance and Development at the Institute of Development Studies (IDS), University of Sussex from 2000-2001.
She has participated actively in most discourses on gender-related issues within and outside Nigeria and has contributed immensely to the development of various concepts in gender and development. She believes that development must have a direct bearing on the people’s quality of life.

Nkoyo has a long standing interest in the participation of women in politics and review of the 1999 Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria. Her experience is vast. She was coordinator Nigeria Youth AIDS Programme from 1993-1996; a member of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA), Society for Women and AIDS in Africa (SWAA), Association for Women in Development (AWID), Women in Nigeria (WIN), and a delegate to the National Political Reform Conference (NPRC) in 2005.

Nkoyo was appointment Nigeria’s Ambassador to Ethiopia and Perm. Representative Africa Union in 2008 and was elected into the Federal House of Representatives to represent Calabar/Udokpani District of Cross River State in the April 2011 general elections.



A Political Scientist and Conflict Management expert, Adagbo Onoja obtained M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Ibadan Centre for Research and Documentation in 1999. He obtained B.Sc Political Science from Bayero University Kano 1995, and Diploma in Mass Communication from Bayero University Kano in 1991. He got his WASC from Emmanuel Secondary School in 1981.

He is a member of the editorial board, Daily trust newspaper since 2004; a consultant for ActionAid International Strategy Secretariat 2004; Personal Assistant (Media Affairs) to Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs 1999-2003; Economic Editors (Weekly Trust) 1998-1999; Editor (Community) 1996-1997; Special correspondent (African Guardian) 1994; Staff Writer (The Sun Magazine TSM) 1991-1993; Staff Reporter (Concord Press of Nigeria) 1987-1989; Staff Reporter (Triumph Publishing Company, Kano) 1985-1987; News Assistant (FRCN Kaduna) 1982-1984

He was an Advisor, Nigerian Delegation to UN General Assembly, 1999-2002; Member, Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs delegation to the (CHOGM), 1999-2003; (CMAG) meetings, 1999-2003; China-Africa Cooperation Ministerial Conference, October 2000; UN-LDC III, Brussels, Belgium, May 2001; International Conference on Financing for Development, Monterrey, Mexico, March 2002; XI Summit of Gl5, Jakarta, Indonesia, May 2001; UN’s Economic and Social Council Substantive Session, Geneva, July 2001; G-77/G-8 Summit, Miyazaki, Japan, July 2000; Ministerial Sessions of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) for 2001 and 2002; All OAU/African Union Summits and Ministerial Councils since 2000-2003; All ECOWAS’ Summits and Ministerial Council meetings since 1999-2002; NANS Representative to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)’ Conference on the State of the Nation, 5-6 April 1994, Akoka Campus, University of Lagos, Nigeria; NANS Representative to the CODESRIA National Working Group on Expansion of Democratic Space, 15-17 December 1993; Nigerian Institute of International Affairs, Lagos. Benue State Coordinator; Federal Government Research Team on Religion (Christianity) and Democratic Governance.

He was the Special Adviser on Media to Jigawa State Governor from 2007 to 2014.



Hajiya Hadiza Sani Kangiwa is a legal practitioner and is the Federal Commissioner/Chief Executive at National Commission for Refugees.

Hadiza Sani Kangiwa was born on 13th December, 1968 in the present day Kebbi State- North West Nigeria. She attended the Usmanu Dan Fodiyo University Sokoto, Nigeria between 1985-1992 where she obtained a Bachelor in Common Law and Shari’ah (Combined Honors). In 1993, she passed the Council for Legal Education Bar Examination from the Nigeria Law School, Lagos (BL). In 1995, she obtained a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) from the University of Birmingham England, United Kingdom.

Her exceptionally inspiring passion for the safeguard of the dignity of the human person led her to work with the National Human Rights Commission Headquarters, Abuja where she served as the Desk officer Children and Young Persons Rights and later as the Desk Officer, Communal Conflicts and other Related Violence Issues. In 2002 she was assigned to serve with the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) as an Associate Protection Officer and the Head of protection unit charged with responsibility of directing international protection of refugees and asylum seekers in Malawi. Also, between December 2006 to August 2007, Hadiza was a Registration Officer in an International Rescue Committee/United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees surge scheme at UNHCR Daadab, Kenya. Again, she has worked as a Consultant project coordinator in a World Bank funded Economic Reforms & Governance Project (ERGP) with the Federal Capital Territory Administration in Nigeria.

She was the substantive Chief Executive Officer/ Federal Commissioner managing the affairs of the National Commission for Refugees, Migrants and Internally Displaced Persons (NCFRMI). Hadiza has, to her credit, several national and international awards among which are the following:

  • Honorary Member, International Association of Refugee Law Judges.
  • Fellow, Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies, University of Ibadan, Nigeria
  • Fellow, Nigeria Institute of Management (Chartered)
  • Peace Ambassador, Universal Peace Federation
  • Ambassador, Nigeria Millennium Development Goals
  • Awardee, Arewa Inspiration Leadership Award by the Confederation of 56 Youth Associations of Northern Nigeria
  • Awardee, Kangiwa Youth Educational Association, Special Merit Award
  • Member, Nigerian Bar Association