CIVICUS Board Elections 2020

December 2020 will mark the end of the current term for some of CIVICUS’s Board members, and the election process for the new board members is now officially open. This represents a key opportunity for CIVICUS members and partners to take part in the governance of the alliance and overseeing the implementation of our Strategic Priorities (2017-2022).

We are searching for up to 5 committed, diverse and passionate civil society leaders who will join our current board members in helping to steer and govern the CIVICUS Alliance from January 2021 to December 2023.

You can nominate yourself or another voting member here.

As per the decision taken by the CIVICUS Board in 2015 a staggered rotational board election system was introduced so that half of the Board of Directors’ positions would be up for election every 18 months. Each board member serves a three-year term, limited to two consecutive terms. This staggered rotation ensures continuity on the board and in our decision-making processes.

Nominations Committee

The Nominations Committee of the Board oversees the elections of CIVICUS Board members. The Nominations Committee managing the 2020 Board elections consists of the following five individuals, appointed at the CIVICUS Board meeting held on 8 – 10 May, 2020.

Amitabh Behar
India (Asia)
Jesse Chen
USA (North America)
Nilda Bullain
Hungary (Europe)
Committee Chair
Anabel Cruz
Uruguay (South America)
Pauline Wanja
Kenya (Africa)

Criteria for Board Nominations

In order to stand for election you must be a CIVICUS organisational or individual voting member. We welcome all civil society actors who demonstrate that they are committed to strengthening civil society and citizen action, adhere to the principles enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and use peaceful means to pursue their objectives.

Further criteria considered by the nominations committee will include:

  • An active commitment to and support for CIVICUS’ Mission, Vision and Goals, Commitment to the principles of accountability, diversity and inclusion that we value and represent as an alliance
  • Ability to devote the time and energy to responsibilities of the Board, including regular attendance at meetings, serving on sub-committees of the Board and representing CIVICUS externally where needed
  • Contribution to our strategic vision by providing direction and inputs to the development of a strategic plan that is backed by measurable goals and financial resources
  • Willingness to understand, accept and comply with Board responsibilities and policies
  • Support to shared outcomes needed through teamwork, enthusiasm, innovation and candidness
  • Support to advancing the learning and achievements of the alliance through critical insights and judgements

Details on the legal duties of CIVICUS Board members can be found here.

If you are not currently a CIVICUS voting member you will need to be verified by 15 September 2020, or you would no longer be eligible to stand for election and would not be able to be selected for the ballot paper. Please see the following section for further details on how to become a voting member, and don’t hesitate to contact us at  if you have any queries.

Becoming a Voting Member of CIVICUS

CIVICUS members are authentic foundations, civil society organisations, national or regional civil society platforms or networks, social movements or individual who have attained recognition in their communities or among their peers. They abide by and promote the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, embody CIVICUS’ Vision, Mission and Values, and adhere to CIVICUS’ Code of Conduct for members.

Voting members collectively set the agenda and priorities for the CIVICUS alliance, playing a leadership role in key activities, increasing their visibility and enhancing the diversity and resilience of the alliance through support to the CIVICUS Solidarity Fund.

To become a voting member:

  1. Fill in the Online Form
  2. Complete the three-tier assessment: i) a self-assessment on your commitment to human rights and social justice, ii) a peer review from a organisation, activist or constituent related to how your values are reflected in your work, and iii) an indication of the supporting documentation you have.
  3. Pay the voting membership fee. Please note- if you are an individual, or if your organisation has an annual income of under $80k, then this fee is optional.
  4. Further detailed information can be found on our website, or please don’t hesitate to contact the membership team at .

Election Timeline

17 August – 15 September

Call for nominations is open. To be eligible to nominate someone or be nominated as a candidate you or your organisation must be a current CIVICUS voting member.

17 August – 15 September

15 September – 23 September

Pre-selection of candidates by Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee comprises of 3 current Board members and two external members.

30 September - 21 October

Election process will open, voting members will select candidates from the list prepared by the nominations committee.

30 September - 21 October

9 November

New CIVICUS Board members announced during the Board meeting in Johannesburg.

Minutes Nominations Committee Meeting:

12th August 2020

2020 Board Nominations

*All outstanding requirements to be fulfilled by Friday, 18 September 2020
Name
Gender
Country
Region
Status
Ezekiel Inyang
Male
Nigeria
Africa
Jeffrey A.Osagioduwa
Male
Nigeria
Africa
Mesud Gebeyehu Reta
Male
Ethiopia
Africa
Bubacarr Sidibeh
Male
The Gambia
Africa
David Shamala
Male
Kenya
Africa
Mustapha Baadou
Male
Morocco
Africa
Martin Ndushabandi Mashagiro
Male
DRC
Africa
Salla Tounao
Male
Niger
Africa
Guy Elysée Yohou
Male
Côte d'Ivoire
Africa
Tamba Fodé Tolno
Male
Guinée
Africa
Gabriel Ayodele Iyanuoluwa
Male
Nigeria
Africa
Hakizimana Jean de Dieu
Male
DRC
Africa
Bangaly Mara
Male
Guinea
Africa
Kanni Abdoulaye
Male
Niger
Africa
Christel Sydneh Jihouan
Male
Bénin
Africa
Moussa Ibrahim Barka
Male
Chad
Africa
Mahendranath Busgopaul
Male
Mauritius
Africa
Mohamed Haddar
Male
Morocco
Africa
Saham Jacques Bemadjibaye Ngarassal
Male
Tchad
Africa
Luc-Eric Nduwimana
Male
Rwanda
Africa
Joseph Amani
Male
DRC
Africa
Leila Oguntayo
Female
La Tunisie
Africa
Daisy Owomugasho Ndikuno
Female
Uganda
Africa
Kokouvi Aboboyaya
Male
Togo
Africa
Daniel Nwaeze
Male
Nigeria
Africa
Kingsley Nwamadi
Male
Nigeria
Africa
Mohamed Sylla
Male
Mali
Africa
Emilia Miki
Female
Cameroon
Africa
Evans Mwendia
Male
Kenya
Africa
Croyance Buyemere
Female
DRC
Africa
Samuel Igue Idahosa
Male
Nigeria
Africa
Jamil Derbashi
Male
Palestine
Asia
Hafiz Jawad Sohail
Male
Pakistan
Asia
Justin Francis Bionat
Other
Philippines
Asia
Ibrahim al-sarraj
Male
Iraq
Asia
Mohsin Khan
Male
Pakistan
Asia
George Kapataies
Male
Palestine
Asia
Laurent Cypria
Male
France - Martinique
Americas
Herve Mupote
Male
Canada Ottawa
Americas
Ana Addobbati
Female
Brazil
Americas
Elvire Eugene
Female
Haiti
Americas
Gina Romero
Female
Colombia
Americas
Sushil Raj
Male
USA
Americas
Wilbert St Fort
Male
Haiti
Americas
Mamadou Kane
Male
France
Europe
Sena Zanou
Male
France
Europe
Tuuli Sauren
Female
Germany
Europe
Patricia Lerner
Female
USA
Americas
Runcie C.W. Chidebe
Male
Nigeria
Africa
Michael Mapstone
Male
United Kingdom
Europe
Sarah Rose
Female
United Kingdom
Europe
Akmal Ellyas ALI
Male
Fiji
Oceania
Florence Syevuo
Female
Kenya
Africa
Vandita Morarka
Female
India
Asia
Alex Sardar
Male
Republic of Armenia
Asia
Fortuné BONGO IYOMA
Male
DRC
Africa
Dieudonne DJELA KALALA
Male
DRC
Africa
H. Izidbih DAY
Male
Mauritania
Africa
Mario Roset
Male
Argentina
Americas
Bosire Stellah
Female
Kenya
Africa
Bruno Neto
Male
Portugal
Europe
Gaius Kowene
Male
Senegal
Africa
Sara Brandt
Female
Denmark
Europe
Sonia Kwami
Female
Ghana
Africa
Parimal Parashar
Male
India
Asia
Boleng Magapatona
Male
Botswana
Africa
Sophie Kange
Female
Uganda
Africa
Hussain Hamzah
Male
Nigeria
Africa
Ismail SIDI ALI
Male
Nigeria
Africa