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Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah - Secretary General
Dr Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah - Secretary General Dhananjayan (or Danny, as he is known) has been Secretary General and CEO of CIVICUS since January 2013. His previous roles have included Director of the Royal Commonwealth Society, Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, and Deputy Director of the Institute for Public Policy Research. Danny is the author of numerous reports and academic articles on international migration and economic development. He writes and appears often in the media on a range of topics, including contributing regularly to Al Jazeera, Guardian, HuffPo, and Weekend on the BBC World Service. He sits on the boards of several organisations, including the Baring Foundation, Comic Relief and International Alert, and was a member of the United Nations Secretary General’s High Level Panel on Humanitarian Finance. He is a co-founder of the Ockenden Prizes and the Migration Museum Project. Danny holds a degree from the University of Sydney, and an MPhil and DPhil from the University of Oxford, where he was a Rhodes Scholar. In 2012, he was chosen as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He can be found @civicussg on Twitter and Facebook.

Ms Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda has more than twenty years (20) of experience working on development, human rights, peace and security in inter-governmental, governmental, and civil society settings with a focus on women’s empowerment and gender equality.  Ms Gumbonzvanda provides thought leadership, delivers impactful results and engages in global and regional advocacy actions to advance the rights and empowerment of women.

She is currently leading the World YWCA, a global organisation present in 120 countries and with a reach to over 25 million women and girls in 22,000 communities. The World YWCA core mission is to build the leadership of women and girls for collective action towards a world of peace, justice, dignity, freedom, health and care for the environment. She has significant experience in governance of civil society organisations having served on Boards of Action Aid International and as current Vice Chair of CIVICUS.

With a post graduate in law and conflict resolution, Ms Gumbonzvanda served in her country as a law officer in the Ministry of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs. She served for ten years with the United Nations, both UNICEF in Zimbabwe and Liberia and subsequently with UNIFEM (now UN Women) as Regional Director for East and Horn of Africa. She was a nominee for the position of UN Women Executive Director. She believes in local innovation and is the founder of Rozaria Memorial Trust established in honour of her late mother.

CIVICUS est une alliance internationale vouée au renforcement de l'action citoyenne et la société civile dans le monde entier. Pour ce faire, nous nous concentrons sur trois domaines prioritaires (correspondant à nos orientations stratégiques):

  1. Protéger les droits de la société civile 
  2. Renforcement de la société civile de bonnes pratiques
  3. Accroître l'influence de la société civile

CIVICUS engage une variété de projets à long et à court terme dans chacun de ces domaines. En outre, plusieurs de nos projets, tels que l'Indice de la société civile et l'Assemblée mondiale, couper à travers ces domaines et fournir une plate-forme pour renforcer la société civile.
Dans tous nos projets, CIVICUS travaille en étroite collaboration avec les organisations pertinentes pour atteindre notre commune objectifs.

CIVICUS is an international alliance dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society around the world. In order to do so, we focus on three priority areas (corresponding to our strategic directions ):

  1. Protecting the rights of civil society 
  2. Strengthening civil society good practices
  3. Increasing the influence of civil society

CIVICUS undertakes a variety of long and short-term projects in each of these areas. In addition, several of our projects, such as the Civil Society Index and the World Assembly, cut across these areas and provide a platform for further strengthening civil society.
In all our projects, CIVICUS works in close partnership with relevant organisations to achieve our joint objectives.


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