Members of the Panel

Chairperson of the High Level Panel

Her Excellency Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance from 1979 until 1980 after which she left Liberia and held senior positions at various international finance institutions. Her Excellency President Sirleaf was awarded the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize, jointly with Leymah Gbowee of Liberia, and Tawakel Karman of Yemen.


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Callisto Enias Madavo

Dr. Callisto Enias Madavo is a Visiting Professor to the African Studies Program at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Prior to joining the university, he held numerous senior level positions at the World Bank, including Regional Vice-President for the Africa Region, Country Director for East Asia, and Country Director for East Africa. Dr. Madavo has extensive experience in development work in a wide range of country program issues as well as sectoral matters, including urbanization (housing and transport), in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. He has championed a number of initiatives on Africa at the World Bank, including the HIV/AIDS initiative, capacity development and infrastructure.

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Dame Barbara Stocking

Dame Barbara Stocking was Chief Executive of Oxfam GB from May 2001 until February 2013. During this time Barbara led major humanitarian responses including the Horn of Africa and the West Africa food crises, as well as the Haiti earthquake, Pakistan floods and Tsunami. On campaigning Stocking led Oxfam’s work on Make Poverty History, and more recently their work on climate change and the current Grow campaign on food justice in a resource constrained world. Stocking regularly spoke at major global meetings for example at the UN, in New York and Rome and at the World Economic Forum in Davos. 

In July 2013 Stocking became the 5th President of Murray Edwards College, founded as New College, in the University of Cambridge.

Previously a member of the top management team of the National Health Service, in her eight years with the NHS, Stocking worked as regional director for the southeast of England, and then as the founding Director of the NHS Modernisation Agency. Stocking has a master’s degree in physiology, and has broad experience of healthcare systems, policy and practice, including periods at the National Academy of Sciences in the USA and with the World Health Organization in West Africa.

Stocking is married and has two sons. She was awarded a CBE for health services in 2000 and a Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for humanitarian services in the 2008.

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Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi

Geraldine Joslyn Fraser-Moleketi is the Special Gender Envoy at the African Development Bank. She has previously held the position of Director of the United Nations Development Programme’s (UNDP) Democratic Governance Group, overseeing the organization’s related strategic and policy work in 197 countries and territories around the globe. She was also appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations as a board member of the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Prior to joining UNDP, she served as Minister for Public Service and Administration in South Africa (1999 to 2008) and as Minister for Welfare and Population Development (1996-1999). She also served as National Deputy Elections Coordinator for the African National Congress from 1993/1994 in the lead up to South Africa’s first democratic elections of April 1994.

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Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo

Gilbert Fossoun Houngbo is Deputy Director-General for Field Operations and Partnerships at the International Labor Organization (ILO).

Prior to his current functions, Mr Houngbo was the Prime Minister of the Republic of Togo ( 2008 - 2012). In this capacity he led substantial improvements in areas including the rule of law, civil liberties, social cohesion, economic reforms, including the IMF Highly Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) program, good governance, rural development, social betterment, and shared growth.

Mr Houngbo has held the position of Assistant Secretary General, Assistant Administrator & Director at the United Nations Development Programme – Africa. He led UNDP’s social and economic development activities in 45 Sub-Sahara Africa countries.

Mr. Houngbo joined UNDP in 1996 as a financial expert and served as Comptroller and Director of Finance and Administration from 1998 to 2003. Mr. Houngbo also has extensive private sector experience (1986 -1996) including working for Price Waterhouse Canada, where he specialized in operational and financial rationalization, financial viability and turnaround services.

Mr Houngbo holds a DESS (Diplôme d’Etudes Supérieures Spécialisées) and a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from the University of Québec in Canada (1986), a Maîtrise de Gestion d’Entreprises from the University of Lomé, Togo (1983). He is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Ordre des Comptables Professionnels Agreés du Québec (Canada).

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Greg Mills

Greg Mills PhD is director of the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation. A special advisor to a number of African and other governments, he is widely published on international affairs, development and security, a columnist for South Africa’s Sunday Times, and the author of the best-selling books Why Africa is Poor – and what Africans can do about it (Penguin: 2010) and, with Jeffrey Herbst (President, Colgate University), Africa’s Third Liberation (Penguin: 2012).

In 2008 he was deployed as Strategy Advisor to the President of Rwanda. Since 2007 he has directed the Secretariat to the Presidential International Advisory Board in Mozambique, and since 2012 the Presidential Advisory Committee on the Economy of Malawi. In 2006 he was on assignment in Kabul as head of the International Security Assistance Force’s (ISAF) Prism strategic analysis group, and was seconded to ISAF in Kandahar also with Prism in 2010, and to HQ ISAF again in Kabul in 2012.

Based on his peace-building experiences, in 2011 he jointly edited, with General Sir David Richards, Victory Among People: Lessons from Countering Insurgencies and Stabilising Fragile States (2011: Royal United Services Institute), and in 2013 has published Somalia –  Fixing Africa’s Most Failed State (Tafelberg) with the Atlantic Council's Peter Pham and Australian counter-insurgency specialist David Kilcullen.

The grandson of the pre-war Grand Prix racer Billy Mills, and himself a driver on the African 2014 Le Mans 24-hour initiative, he has published several titles on motorsport history, most recently Agriculture, Furniture and Marmalade: Southern African Motorsport Heroes (Panmacmilllan: 2013). He is currently working on a manuscript identifying the reasons for and plausible solutions to state failure.

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Rakiya Omaar

Rakiya Omaar, a Somali lawyer, is the director of African Rights, an international human rights organization that documents human rights violations and conflict and promotes dialogue. Through research and publications, African Rights brings the voices of victims, as well as other concerned parties, to the centre of debates on how to secure rights. It seeks the insights of ordinary people in Africa into the causes of the violence in their lives, and the potential solutions, as the point of departure for an informed and constructive analysis.

Ms. Omaar is the author of numerous books, reports and articles on genocide, war, conflict, justice and gender. She has written extensively on Rwanda, Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, among other countries in Africa. The only human rights researcher on the ground during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, she wrote the earliest detailed account of the 1994 genocide, Rwanda: Death, Despair and Defiance (Revised Edition), August 1995, which immediately became a standard reference text. Other publications include The Cycle of Conflict: Which Way Out in the Kivus?; Peace Building and Democracy: The Lessons of Somalia and Somaliland in Greg Mills and Richard Cobbold’s Global Challenges and Africa: Report of the 2004 Tswalu Dialogue and Access to Justice in Somaliland: Public Perceptions.

In 2009, she served as a member of the African Union High Level Panel on Darfur, chaired by President Thabo Mbeki. In 2012, she worked as an advisor to the Joint  Special Representative of the United Nations/African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID), looking at how the justice agenda of the Doha Document for Peace in Darfur could be implemented.

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Sarah F. Cliffe

Sarah Cliffe is the Special Adviser and Assistant Secretary-General of Civilian Capacities to the United Nations. Prior to that, she was the Special Representative and Director for the 2011 World Development Report on Conflict, Security and Development.

Ms. Cliffe has worked for the last twenty years in countries emerging from conflict and political transition, including Afghanistan, Burundi, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea Bissau, Ethiopia, Haiti, Indonesia, Liberia, Rwanda, Sudan, South Africa, and Timor-Leste. At the World Bank, her work has covered post-conflict reconstruction, community driven development, and civil service reform. Ms. Cliffe was the Chief of mission for the World Bank’s program in Timor-Leste from 1999 to 2002; led the Bank’s Fragile and Conflict-Affected Countries Group from 2002-2007, and was the Director of Strategy and Operations for the East Asia and Pacific Region from 2007-2009.

Ms. Cliffe has also worked for the United Nations Development Programme in Rwanda, the Government of South Africa, and the Congress of South African Trade Unions, as well as for a major management consultancy company in the United Kingdom on public sector reform issues. She holds degrees in History and Economics.

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