Membership Advisory Group

The Member Advisory Group (MAG) is a dynamic team of leaders who form the decision-making body for the CIVICUS Solidarity Fund. The MAG has the special task of reviewing CSF applications, selecting the grantees and making important decisions about funding and applicant support. In addition, the MAG mentors successful grantees as they develop and execute their projects. This exemplary team is composed of CIVICUS members from around the globe. A big thank you to the MAG for your exceptional work!

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Alix Mains

As a sustainable development consultant, my professional experience spans across 6 countries and has involved working with grassroots organisations as well as international NGOs and corporate foundations. I have worked on projects related to education, health, as well as access to drinking water and sanitation, with field work in Bolivia, India, and Colombia. I have a Masters degree in Sustainable Development Practice from UC Berkeley as well as a Bachelors degree in International Development from McGill University. This diverse experience has shown me that the work of civil society organizations is crucial to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, and I look forward to supporting grassroots initiatives as a member of the Membership Advisory Group.
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Moshin Wazir

As a mid-career development aid and policy expert, I work on technological disruption, human rights, youth leadership, and socio-economic development. I led various multimillion programs with government, academia, non-for profits and civil society actors across South/East Asia and Africa. As member advisory group (MAG), I am passionate to support CIVICUS mission, particularly accelerating its efforts to protect and secure critical human rights, promote inclusive and sustainable development, enhance and foster its partners/grantees capacity to design and implement grant projects efficiently in the global south.
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Maggie Musonda

Maggie Musonda is an experienced Development Analyst with 9 years in the development sector. She is an advocate of gender equality, disability rights, social and economic justice for the youth and women, environmental action and sustainability and Diversity and Inclusion in all setting. Maggie has a demonstrated history of working in the Development Sector both for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), International NGOs and Social Enterprises. Skilled in management, youth programming and management, resource mobilization, public management, organizational capacity building, development and training , delivery, strategic human recourse management, public policy, advocacy, project management, research and development and Monitoring and Evaluation among others. Maggie holds a Masters Degree in Peace,Leadership and Conflict Resolution, a degree in Development Studies and Public Administration, as well certificates in capacity building, public management and diplomacy, protocol and international relations among others.
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Tanya Lallmon

As a lawyer by profession and social activist by passion, Nandini Tanya Lallmon is an all-rounder with many strings to her bow. She leads the anti-discriminatory laws campaign of the Commonwealth Youth Gender and Equality Network under the Royal Commonwealth Society. She is also the Head of Publications of Global Peace Chain, Chairperson of the International Youth Council Mauritius Chapter, Country Director of Mauritius for the International Youth Society and Country Coordinator of Mauritius for Youth Advocacy Council. Her awards include the Mauritius National Youth Excellence Award, Promising Indian African Award, Panache Woman of Wonder Award, The International Alliance for Women World of Difference Award, National Youth Awardees Federation of India International Youth Award, India’s Youth Development Board Shining Star Award, Woman of the Year Award and Noble Citizen Award.

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Alan Jarandilla Nuñez

Alan is a lawyer and passionate human rights defender from Bolivia. Alan is the Director of Policy and Advocacy of the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, and is the Founder of Change the System (CTS), a Bolivian youth-led organization working towards sustainable development, human rights and youth participation, from a systemic change perspective. He is a vocal advocate for human rights, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and meaningful youth engagement in decision-making. He believes that an intersectional and holistic approach to global issues is fundamental for addressing them. He has been following and leading advocacy strategies in different international processes.
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Efrain Castillero Gonzalez

I am the founder and President of the Kalu Ibaky Foundation, a non-profit organization that means: Supreme Council of Wisdom and Indigenous Knowledge of the Ancestral Territory Tule de Daggarguna, Province of Darien, Republic of Panama, to provide indigenous and rural communities with the technical and professional services they require for the development of their activities, and for the solution of specific problems. Trained and educated at the National Indigenous Institute in the Republic of Mexico in planning for programs for sustainable regional development. He is one of the scholars of Guna indigenous thought, culture, worldview and ancestral knowledge and of Latin American thought.

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Jonitta Potsane

Jonitta is a Namibian Citizen. I carry a background of five years of global human rights activism. My recent portfolio cover responding to human rights conflicts across the African continent, especially those targeting minorities at risk: LGBTI People, Youth, Children and Women of all colours. Being proud out trans women has taught me how  to walk in the footsteps of heroes and those  who have been the  influencers of change. Coming from this vulnerable community has encouraged me to be an agent of change, through developing a network of human rights, media and advocacy that aims to promote peace, justice, equality and strengthen the collaborative movement building of all LGBTI across Africa. With a vast experience in LGBTI human rights space working on multi LGBTI projects has awakened my critical thinking to the level of observing that there have been a lot of activities done that focus on LGBTI rights in Africa with limited LGBTI presence. Drawing from my 5 years experience working on various LGBTI projects it has become the motivating evidence that more doors are open for LGBTI Youth critical thinkers to take action. Living in a country were homosexuality is still criminalized it is a serious concern to the LGBTI rights holder who continuously face daily discrimination and homophobia attacks. Therefore being a human rights activist in Africa being a MAG is an opportunity for more collaborative, networking with other human rights activists across the Globe.

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June Parris

June Parris is from Barbados. Former Nurse in General, Psychiatric and Primary Care. Specialised in Research, Pharmacovigilance Science. She has experience with projects and start-ups and working from home on Research projects and lone working. June has experience working in Germany, UK, Scotland, Barbados. She has a Bsc in Sociology and Msc in Health Services Management and Policy (Economics). She is a Member of Internet Society, DIPLO and is a former MAG UN now acting as an observer. June has experience in MAG groups especially on fundraising, outreach and engagement. Member of Internet Rights and Principles, active on Environmental topics and workshops. Member of Barbados Civil Society, Member of ICANN and ARIN. She is hoping to bring some valuable contributions to the MAG!

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Rory Mondshein

Rory Mondshein is a human rights advocate with 10 years of experience in multi-level policy and communications work. Holding a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Bard College and a Masters of Science in Human Rights from the London School of Economics & Political Science, Rory has supplemented her international NGO experiences with local-level human rights-based policymaking. In addition to coordinating educational programs in over a dozen countries, Rory has contributed to local politics through her advocacy, community work, and social impact program—Make It Appn—which used technology to help New Yorkers get access to social services and shelters. Rory currently supplements her local-level work by serving as the Director of Civic Engagement and Strategic Diplomacy at the International Association for Political Science Students (IAPSS), Communications Associate with the Coalition for the UN We Need (formerly: UN2020), and Regional Representative to the National Council at the United Nations Association of the United States of America (UNA-USA). As a U.S. Delegate to the G20 Youth Summit (Y20), Rory focuses on the economics and externalities of disability exclusion in the United States.

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Karol Arámbula

Karol Alejandra Arámbula Carrillo is Executive & Founder of MY World Mexico. Originally from Jalisco, Mexico she is a professional in International Affairs with substantial experience and expertise in Sustainable Development; International Human Rights Law; Peace, Governance and Democratic Processes; International Organizations; International Development Cooperation, Public Policy; Non-Profit Management and Youth Advocacy. She has worked in numerous projects and programs with the United Nations and other stakeholders in +12 countries. Represented intergovernmental entities and civil society in +150 United Nations processes. More than +8 years expertise in the design and implementation mechanisms of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals. She is also an experienced public speaker for +10 years. Field experience in conflict and post-conflict zones, as well as +15 years of volunteering experience.