Mrs Mariama Mohamed Cisse, Secretary of the ACERWC

After obtaining her LLM at the University of Niamey in 1986, Mrs. Mariama Cisse was admitted to the Magistrate School in Paris where she graduated as a Magistrate in 1989. At the end of her study and during the same year, she was recruited by the Ministry of Justice of Niger where she served for 14 consecutive years, holding the positions of Deputy Prosecutor, Judge at the Niamey Court, then Advisor at the Appeal Court and President of the Criminal Chamber of the Appeal Court of Niamey (Niger). Mrs Cisse  has attended advanced human rights trainings in Clark Atlanta University (USA 1995), Danish Center for Human Rights in Copenhagen (Denmark: 1997 and 2001), Canadian Foundation for Human Rights (Canada 1999), the Institute for Human rights of Strasbourg (France 1999).

From 1999 to 2001, she was member of the National Steering Committee (Niger) for the abolition of child labour set up by the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (ILO / IPEC). She was also member of the Nigerian Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children from 1992 to 2007. Along with her duties as magistrate, she served for over 5 years as Secretary General of the Women Lawyers Association of Niger, whose objective is to promote and protect women and children rights. She was also Vice President of the Human Rights National Commission of Niger from 1996 to 1998.

She then worked at the European Union Delegation in Niger for more than 4 years before joining the African Union in 2007 where she is serving as the Secretary / Coordinator of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child. In September 2003, she was awarded the International Prize for Human Rights Federation of Judges, Prosecutors and Lawyers in Germany.

Wendyam Philippe SEKONE, Child Rights Officer

Wendyam SEKONE Philippe holds a law degree from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne in 2000. From 2000, he worked with a French NGO in follow-up procedures for international adoption. From 2004, he joined the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity and specifically to the Permanent Secretariat of the National Committee for Monitoring and Evaluation of National Action Plan for Children as a lawyer and then head of service monitoring and evaluation. With the new configuration of the service, he was appointed in May 2011 Director of Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation of the National Council for the Survival, Protection and Child Development before joining in February 2012 the Secretariat of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child as Child Right Officer. He has participated as a technical manager in the development and presentation of reports of Burkina Faso to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva and the Committee of African Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child Addis Ababa.

Catherine Wanjiru Maina:Senior Social Worker

Ms Maina graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1989 with a BA-Sociology and Linguistics and joined Laikipia Research Programme as a Research Assistant. In 1990, she was employed as a Children’s Officer in the Dept. of Children Services (Kenya).In the same year she undertook a Post Graduate Diploma in Population Studies at the UoN.1992-2002 she served as a District Children Officer in various districts.2002-03 she pursued an MA-International Child Welfare at the University of East Anglia (UK).2004-2008 Ms Maina served as Managerin Nairobi Children Home, the only Government Babies Rescue Centre in Kenya. She then served as an Assistant Director Children Services in charge of Nairobi Province until 2012 when she joined the AU.

Ayalew Getachew Assefa: Child Rights Legal Reseacher

Ayalew Getachew Assefa is a Child Rights Legal Researcher for the Secretariat of the Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child as a seconded position to the African Union Commission. He obtained his LL.M in ‘Human Rights and Democratization in Africa’ from Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and his LL.B from Makelle University, Ethiopia. Mr Ayalew has attended advanced human rights trainings on children’s rights, socio economic rights, sexual minority rights, the rights of people with disabilities, international human rights law and human rights towards gender equality. He has been working as a Lecturer of law at Mekelle University, Ethiopia, for more than six years since 2006, where he has also assumed various academic and administrative positions. Working as a legal researcher, he is also a research partner to the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mr Ayalew has extensive research experience in the areas of human rights in general and the African Human Rights system in particular. He has published articles and presented papers both at the national and international forums.

KAMENI NGANKAM: Communication Officer

Mr. Kameni Ngankam Yannick Gael is the Communication Officer for the Secretariat of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC). He graduated from the University of Buea in 2009 where he obtained a Bachelor of Sciences (BSc.) in Sociology and Anthropology. He was later admitted to the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) where he completed a Master I Degree in International Relations specializing in International Communication and Public Action. He has been working as a Communication Assistant at the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) Yaounde Office from 2010 – 2012. Since July 2012, he served as the Communication Officer at the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Cameroon Office before joining the Secretariat of the Committee at the African Union in October 2013.