Special Adviser for Security, Humanitarian Affairs and Fragile Countries, UNAIDS HQ, Geneva
Mamadi Diakite (@MamadiMamadi1) is an international lawyer specialized in Human Rights, Humanitarian and HIV issues. He has over 28 years of professional experience in the United Nations System and at bilateral levels under various capacities. He currently serves as the Special Adviser for Security, Humanitarian Affairs and Fragile Countries at UNAIDS HQ in Geneva since May 2017. Prior to his current appointment, Mr. Diakite held the position of Chief of Security and Humanitarian Affairs at UNAIDS HQ in Geneva, Switzerland, from June 2015 to April 2017. He also served as a Senior Regional Adviser, Human Rights, Legal and Justice programmes at the UNAIDS Regional Support Team Office based in Dakar, Senegal, covering 25 West and Central African countries from September 2008 to May 2015. Mr. Diakite was a representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Director of the Human Rights Section at the OHCHR/DPKO Missions from 1992 to 2008.
Riya William Yuyada
Founder and Executive Director, Crown the Woman
Riya William Yuyada (@theonlyriya1) is the Founder and Executive Director of the Crown the Woman and a co-founder of Play for Peace in South Sudan. She is a 28-year-old South Sudanese national who is passionate about peace and women’s human rights. Ms. Yuyada e is well-known for her role in peace building in schools and communities and also being part of the South Sudan HLRF (High Level Revitalization forum) peace process. Having worked as a Civic Education Officer, she recalled the experience where an elderly woman of about 80 years told her that she was too young to preach about peace because she didn’t know what had happened to them. Ms. Yuyada then started working with children teaching them peaceful co-existence through games. She realized that it was easier to convince a child to choose peace than an adult. She provides technical support to the HLRF peace talks. Ms. Yuyada spoke at the TedX Kakuma refugee camp 2018. She recently initiated a campaign #BornToLead - Women at the Frontlines/NuswanGidaam that advocates for women’s inclusion at all levels of leadership and defining peace. Ms. Yuyada is an alumna of 2019 Inclusive Global leadership Initiative’s 3rd Annual Summer Institute with Sie Ceneter-Siè Chèou-kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy at the University of Denver and the United States Institute for Peace (USIP). She is also a 2019 Peace and Social Change Fellow with the University of Columbia led by Leymah Gobwee-2011 Nobel peace prize laureate. Ms. Yuyada received the 2019 European Parliament Sakharov fellowship.
Coordinator, OSRSG Sexual Violence in Conflict in New York, UN Action
Bernadette Sene (@senebern) holds a PhD in International Law from the University René Descartes-Paris V, France. As of June 2019, she is the Coordinator of UN Action Against Sexual Violence in Conflict which regroups 15 UN entities. She has over 17 years of experience working on peacekeeping and humanitarian settings, with 14 years in peacekeeping missions including MINUSMA (Mali) as Senior Women’s Protection Advisor; as Child Protection Advisor in MINUSTAH (Haiti); BINUB (Burundi); MONUC (DRC in Ituri District and North Kivu Province); and UNICEF Malawi as a volunteer and consultant Child Protection Officer from in 2002 to 2004. Ms. Sene has extensive experience of working with fragile states in conflict settings.
Nana Oye Lithur
Former Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Ghana
Adjunct Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Lancaster University, Ghana
Nana Oye Lithur (@nanaoyebampoeaddo) is a lawyer by profession with 28 years of legal experience in human rights, court advocacy and solicitor’s practice. She specializes in human rights law, women’s rights, HIV/AIDs and sexual and reproductive rights. Ms. Lithur has international, regional and national experience in protecting, promoting and fulfilling human rights. Ms. Lithur was the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection of the Republic of Ghana from February 2013 to January 2017. As Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, she dedicated her self to reaching the poorest of the Ghanaian society with government interventions which seek to aid the poor and vulnerable. As the first Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection she focused on building strong structures and systems at the Ministry that support the Ministry’s new mandate. She led the establishment of key institutions like the Ghana Household Registry collects data on the socio-economic profile of poor Ghanaians. Ms. Lithur holds Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, and a Masters in Law, in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa (LLM) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa. Ms. Lithur is currently an adjunct lecturer at Faculty of Law of the Lancaster University, Chairperson of the Human Rights Advocacy Centre and the founder of the NOYEL Mentoring Programme; a mentoring programme for young women leaders.
Executive Director, African Network of Adolescentes and Young Persons Development (ANAYD)
Aaron Sunday (@aaron4africa) (@anayd_africa) is a public health specialist, a global influential civic leader, advocate with specialty health and specific focus on HIV and sexual reproductive health and rights (SRHR) issues for adolescents and young people in their diversity especially those within fragile and humanitarian settings. He has over 8 years of experience in establishing operational optimization across diverse organizations both at the state, national, regional, international and global level in divers capacities. He currently serves as the Executive Director of African Network of Adolescents and Young Persons Development (ANAYD since October 2015.
Esteban Gerardo Sacco
Deputy Head of Office (Operations), UN OCHA South Sudan
Esteban Gerardo Sacco, an Argentine national, has over 25 years of field experience in complex humanitarian emergencies across Africa and the Middle East. Mr Sacco is passionate about protecting the human rights and basic needs of the most vulnerable communities affected by humanitarian crises and conflicts. He has extensive experience in field coordination, humanitarian access negotiation and civil-military coordination. He holds a Masters’ Degree in Filosofía (1984) and Humanitarian Affairs from the Fletcher School, Tufts University 2000. He started his humanitarian journey working with refugees in la Cote d’Ivoire from 1994 to 1996 and then continued working with returning refugees from Liberia from 1997-1999. Between 2002 and 2005, Mr. Sacco worked on different assignments and IDP programs with UNOPS and as an independent consultant in Iraq, before joining UN OCHA in Northern Uganda as Head of Gulu Sub-office in 2006. Since then, Mr. Sacco has worked with UN OCHA in different assignments at the senior level: Deputy Head of Humanitarian Unit in Kabul, Afghanistan (seconded from OCHA to UNAMA) in 2008 to 2009; Head of the OCHA Goma, DRC sub-office in Nord Kivu from 2009 to 2010; Deputy Head of Office/Strategic Planner for OCHA in Haiti from 2010 to 2012; Darfur Coordinator for OCHA based in El Fasher and responsible of the 5 OCHA sub-offices in Darfur from 2012 to 2013; and most recently as Deputy Head of Office in South Sudan where he is responsible for field operations, humanitarian access and civil-military coordination.
Deputy DirectorR, Global Partnerships, Innovative Financing and Knowledge Management, Nutrition Division, WFP, Rome
Fatiha Terki (@Fatihaterki) is a Medical Doctor, with a PhD in epidemiology. She joined WFP in 2011 and has over 20 years of professional experience in the field of sexual and reproductive health, HIV and nutrition, with expertise in program implementation, planning and evaluation, advocacy, policy development, partnerships and resource mobilization, and has worked extensively in capacitating national governments and NGO organizations. Dr. Terki currently serves as the Deputy Director of the Nutrition Division, overseeing the Global Partnership, Innovative Financing and Knowledge Management portfolio. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Terki worked as senior policy officer with WFP based in Geneva, representing WFP with UNAIDS and other key partners and supporting WFP’s Regional Bureaux and Country Offices on HIV and Nutrition programs. Prior to this position, Dr. Terki worked with the World Health Organization, as well as international NGOs.