Institutional Profile

Fahamu Trust

Fahamu Ltd is registered in Kenya as F15/2006. Fahamu Trust is registered as a charity in the UK (no. 1100304) and company ltd by guarantee 4241054 in July 2003. Fahamu SA is registered as a trust in South Africa IT 37201.

Board of trustees

Patricia Daley

Patricia Daley is the Chair of the Board of Fahamu. She is of Jamaican origin and lives in the UK. She is a lecturer in Human Geography at the School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, and a Tutorial Fellow at Jesus College Oxford. She teaches and researches on Africa, especially conflict, refugees, gender-based violence and peace, and on land and environmental issues. She has a number of publications on these themes, including the book, Gender and Genocide: the Search for Spaces of Peace in Central Africa, published by James Currey. She is currently working on two book manuscripts: one on ‘land grabs and displacement in East Africa’ and another on ‘sexual politics in Africa’. Patricia is a regular contributor of articles to Pambazuka News.

Paddy Coulter

Paddy Coulter is a specialist in media and development and is a partner in the Oxford Global Media consultancy.  He is an Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College, University of Oxford and works on media and communications issues for the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI) of the university’s Department of International Development. He is also a core partner of CERES21 (Creative Responses to Sustainability) , the international research venture of the Centre for Development and Environment of the University of Oslo and the Institute for Innovation and Economic Organisation at the Norwegian School of Management.

Joss Saunders

Joss Saunders has since 1998 been the General Counsel and Company Secretary of Oxfam GB.  This follows previous roles in Uganda, UK, and Poland.  He taught at a govenment secondary school in Uganda in the 1980s, and then trained as a lawyer.  He spent 3 years teaching law at Warsaw University Poland.  As well as his Oxfam role he is a partner in law firm Blake Lapthorn, where he specialises in publishing and in civil society law.  At Oxfam he is a director of Oxfam South Africa, and has been involved in work in many countries in Africa and other parts of the world.  He is also a trustee of the People and Planet Trust, the Semiliki Trust, and other educational charities.  He lives in Oxford.

Yash Tandon

Professor Yash Tandon is from Uganda, born in 1939. He was the Executive Director of the South Centre until February 2009, and is presently Senior Advisor to the Centre. Dr Tandon’s long career in national and international development spans as a policymaker, a political activist, a professor and a public intellectual. He has written over one hundred scholarly articles and has authored and edited books on wide ranging subjects including on African politics, Peace and Security, International Economics, South - South Cooperation and Human Rights.

Prior to the South Centre, he served as the Founding Director of the Southern and Eastern African Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI). He has also served on several national and international advisory committees. In 2009 he held the Claude Ake Chair at the University of Uppsala and the Nordic Africa Institute in Sweden. He is on the Board of Fahamu/Pambazuka, a Pan-African network and website. Presently, he and his wife spend time between Oxford in the UK, and in Uganda and Zimbabwe.

Onyekachi Wambu

Onyekachi Wambu is a UK based commentator on African affairs, intercultural relations, public diplomacy and leadership studies. He broadcasts regularly on the BBC domestic and World Service, Al Jeezera, and Vox Africa. He has written widely on Africa and her global diaspora and his publications include Under the Tree of Talking: Leadership for Change in Africa (ed) and Empire Windrush: 50 years of writing about black Britain.

Onyekachi was educated at the University of Essex and completed his M.Phil in International Relations at Selwyn College, Cambridge. He has worked extensively as a journalist and television documentary maker since 1983. He edited The Voice Newspaper at the end of the 1980s and has made numerous documentaries for the BBC, Channel 4 and PBS in the United States, focusing on understanding and communicating Africa and her diaspora to a wider world.

Since 2002, Onyekachi has been in charge of Communications at the UK based think-tank, AFFORD - the African Foundation for Development. AFFORD has shaped UK domestic, Pan-African and the policy of other multi-lateral institutions such as the UN on African development. Onyekachi currently writes the Back to the Future column for the Pan African monthly, New African.


Executive Director: Yves Niyiragira