Secretary General Team
He previously worked as National Coordinator for the National Taxpayers Association (NTA) focusing on empowering citizens and civil society to demand transparency and accountability in Kenya through citizen generated data in social audits of Constituency Development Funds, participatory budgeting, and advocacy for policy, legal and structural reforms to improve government responsiveness. He holds a Masters in Communication Studies from the University of Nairobi in Kenya.
International Networks Team
In her previous position she was President of the Conference of NGOs, CoNGO, 2000-2007, during which she led CoNGO delegations to the World Conference against Racism, to the World Summit on Sustainable Development and organized Civil Society Forums in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Together with her CONGO Team she has been at the forefront of guiding, supporting and coordinating Civil Society in the process of the World Summit on the Information Society (Geneva and Tunis).
Renate is a Swiss national born in Germany. She completed her studies in Medicine, Languages and Literature at the Universities of Bonn, Munich and New York and started her academic career by teaching at international schools and cultural institutions, before she engaged in NGO work.
He is a Senior Advisor of the UN DESA NGO Major Group Organizing Partners having served as a global Organizing Partner 2011-2016 responsible for guiding multi-stakeholder engagement of NGOs in sustainable development activities for Rio+20 and the SDGs/2030 Agenda. Mr. Huffines was also Chair of the 65th Annual UN DPI/NGO Conference on the theme “2015 and Beyond: Our Action Agenda”, that took place at UN HQ, 27-29 August 2014, and was elected Chair of the NGO/DPI Executive Committee from 2007-2011.
He had previously served as Main UN Representative for the U.S. Baha'i Community where he led a number of NGO initiatives as Co-Chair of the Faith and Ethics Network for the International Criminal Court (FENICC); Chair of the UN Association/USA’s New York Council of Organizations; President of the Committee of Religious NGOs; and co-founder of the Tripartite Forum on International Cooperation for Peace.
During her practicum for an MA in Sustainable International Development from Brandeis University, Amy worked with Search for Common Ground Liberia and studied the relationship between community radio and post-conflict development.
Before joining CIVICUS, Amy consulted with Population Services International and the Centre for HIV/AIDS Prevention Studies on knowledge management and HIV/AIDS communications. She continues to support HIV/AIDS prevention in Africa through her work as Vice President of Humanitarian Notes, a nonprofit organisation she co-founded in 2007 that uses music to promote social change.
Prior to joining CIVICUS, Dorothée held various positions as a project manager and junior researcher in several research institutes in France and South Africa. Between others, she took part in research programmes on rights to housing and water in South Africa. She speaks French, English and Spanish, as well as some Portuguese. Her interests lie in climate change, environmental issues, political activism, education, and travels!
John is assisting the Partnerships Unit with proposals, grants, M & E and drafts on systems.
Policy & Research Team
Mandeep has a keen interest in human rights and comparative law and has also worked with the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, an international NGO based in New Delhi, on campaigns related to criminal justice sector reform.
He has published a compilation of landmark Indian Supreme Court decisions and National Human Rights Commission guidelines on human rights and policing and has co-authored modules on human rights for the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association and a citizen's handbook explaining the mandate and practical functioning of human rights commissions in India.
Mandeep has also drafted two annual reports for the Punjab State Human Rights Commission and has worked on projects related to good governance and women's empowerment in India. He holds an LL.M in Law in Development from Warwick University, U.K. and completed his LL.B and B.A degrees at Panjab University, India.
Whilst previously working at the peacebuilding INGO International Alert, Dominic carried out extensive research into the political dynamics of transnational activism within and between diaspora communities. Dominic has a passion for coordinating citizen activism that transcends national boundaries to promote a peaceful and equitable global society.