Members of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

Dominique Day, (United States of America), Chairperson

Ms. Day is a human rights attorney and the executive director of DAYLIGHT | Rule of Law • Access to Justice • Advocacy. Internationally, her litigation, public policy, research, teaching, and capacity-building work over the past two decades has focused heavily on racial justice, non-discrimination, and human rights advocacy. She has extensive experience in criminal and civil litigation on behalf of individuals and communities within the Black diaspora, in addition to working on rule of law and access to justice issues in post-conflict and transitional States. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a juris doctor from Stanford Law School.

Ms. Catherine S. Namakula (South Africa)

Ms. Namakula is a senior lecturer with the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein, South Africa and Professor in Human Rights and Criminal Justice with the Global Humanistic University, Curacao. She is a published scholar in public law and has served in various positions with expert bodies and organisations. She has made notable scholarly contributions relating to the inclusivity of people in criminal justice processes, promoting the parity of esteem of African languages and ensuring effective interpretative performance. She is also a legal advisor and community leader among immigrant entities and associations in South Africa. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa, and a Master's degree in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, among other qualifications.

Ms. Barbara G Reynolds (Guyana)

Ms. Reynolds served as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Guyana from August 2014 to September 2019. Prior to this, Ms Reynolds was Head of Education for Save the Children UK, having spent the previous two decades with UNICEF. Ms Reynolds began her professional career as a teacher and continues to be involved in education. She Co-Chairs the CARICOM Digital Skills Task Force. She is an active human rights professional, and an experienced human rights and gender mainstreaming facilitator. She holds a BA Education (Caribbean Union College), MA in Curriculum and Teaching (Howard University), the Post-Graduate Diploma in Distance Education (University of London) EdD in International Education Development/Curriculum and Instruction (Columbia University) and the MSt in International Human Rights Law (University of Oxford). Ms Reynolds’ second working language is Portuguese.

Miriam Ekiudoko (Hungary)

Ms Miriam Ekiudoko is a motivational and public speaker, facilitator, trainer; an independent expert, senior consultant and artist, with an extensive international experience, a strong vision and sense of mission. She has been a dedicated human and civil rights activist for over 25 years. She has founded and led a number of civil society organizations and currently is a board member and advisory counsellor of African Diaspora Organizations. She develops and coordinates projects, conducts trainings, delivers lectures and speeches, hosts and facilitates events, workshops and conferences on a regular basis.

Her work focuses on Pan-Africanism • People of African Descent • human and civil rights • justice • equity • inclusion • intercultural- and interfaith dialogue • community, organization and Diaspora development & empowerment • international development • gender equality • migration • refugees • education • combating racism, xenophobia and all forms of discrimination • the promotion of tolerance and equality • sustainable development • enhancing networking and cooperation • the promotion of non-violent values and practices • peace building • conflict resolution • counter-terrorism • combating all forms of discrimination and exclusion • hate violence • domestic violence • child abuse • harmful practices • FGM. Her academic background includes: International studies expert with specialization in National defense and security policy analysis, Counter-terrorism, Diplomacy, EU studies, qualified interpreter and translator, as well as trauma research and trauma therapy (PTSD, CPTSD). She is currently working on research for her PHD.

Sushil Raj (India)

Mr. Raj is the Executive Director of Rights and Communities at the Wildlife Conservation Society leading its global program to support indigenous peoples and local communities for conservation outcomes. He has been a human rights and conflict prevention practitioner in philanthropic and multilateral spaces for more than 21 years. Most recently Mr. Raj served as a Senior Director at World Food Program USA. Starting with the Ford Foundation’s Human Rights Program, Mr. Raj supported racial justice and minority rights internationally, including NGO groups in the lead up to and participation in the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism. Mr. Raj also worked as a Senior Program Officer with the Asia Foundation in India. He spent approximately fourteen years as a staff member of the United Nations serving with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in various duty stations. At OHCHR he focused on addressing racism, indigenous issues, minority rights, caste-based discrimination, and consultation/consent processes. Mr. Raj subsequently worked in the Office of the Under-Secretary-General of the UN Department of Political Affairs as a Senior Officer on planning and partnerships while enhancing analysis on minority and indigenous issues for conflict prevention and mediation with a particular focus on developing the Secretary-General’s Guidance Note on Land and Conflict for the UN system in collaboration with UN-Habitat. Following the UN Department of Political Affairs, he returned to the philanthropic world. Mr. Raj is a practicing mediator with the New York Peace Institute and volunteers time to take on community, civil, and housing court mediations. He also serves on their Board of Directors. Mr. Raj is an appointed Member of UNDP's Independent Information Disclosure Oversight Panel to oversee implementation of their Disclosure Policy and review appeals. He holds a Master’s degree in Managing Public Service Organizations from New York University’s Wagner School, a Master’s degree in International Political Economy and Development from Fordham University, a Diploma in Public International Law and Diplomacy from the Indian Academy of International Law and Diplomacy, and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Philosophy from St. Stephen’s College in Delhi.

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