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Vivek Profile

Vivek Maru Chief Executive Officer |

Vivek founded Namati in 2011 to build the movement for legal empowerment around the world.

He cut his teeth on law and empowerment in Sierra Leone. From 2003 to 2007, Vivek co-founded and co-directed the Sierra Leonean organization Timap for Justice, which has been recognized by the International Crisis Group, Transparency International, and President Jimmy Carter as a pioneering model for delivering justice services in the context of a weak state and a plural legal system.

Namati now works with Timap and other organizations in Sierra Leone to scale up paralegal services there. While in Sierra Leone Vivek also supervised the human rights clinic at Fourah Bay College.

From 2007 to 2011, he served as senior counsel in the Justice Reform Group of the World Bank. His work focused on rule of law reform and governance, primarily in West Africa and South Asia.

Before moving to Sierra Leone Vivek worked at Human Rights Watch and clerked for Hon. Marsha Berzon on the Ninth Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

In 1997-1998 he lived in a hut of dung and sticks in a village in Kutch, his native place, working on watershed management and girls’ education with two grassroots development organizations- Kutch Mahila Vikas Sangethan and Sahjeevan.

Vivek graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, and Yale Law School. His publications include Between Law and Society: Paralegals and the Provision of Justice Services in Sierra Leone and Worldwide in the Yale Journal of International Law and Allies Unknown: Legal Empowerment and Social Accountability in the Harvard Journal of Health and Human Rights.

Vivek serves on the international advisory council of the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, the advisory board of the evaluation firm ID Insight, and the governing board of the public entrepreneurship organization Res Publica. He was an affiliate expert with the UN Commission on Legal Empowerment , and is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 2008, Vivek received the Pioneer Award from the North American South Asian Bar Association.

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Sonkita Conteh Program Director, Sierra Leone | Freetown, Sierra Leone

Sonkita is a legal practitioner of the High Court of Sierra Leone and holds a master’s degree in human rights and democratization from the University of Pretoria. As a consultant for the past two years with the Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions Africa Office in Accra, Ghana, he researched and reviewed law and policy on the right to water and sanitation in South Africa and Ghana; drafted amicus curiae briefs, publications and training manuals; and provided training to civil society organizations. He has over five years’ litigation experience.

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Rachael Knight Program Director, Community Land Protection | Berkeley, CA

Rachael Knight is an attorney with expertise in the areas of land tenure security, access to justice, and legal empowerment of the poor. She previously served as Director of the International Development Law Organization’s (IDLO) Community Land Titling Initiative, working to document and protect the customary land rights of indigenous groups in Uganda, Liberia and Mozambique. Rachael also worked as a consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) from 2004 until 2009. From 2002 until 2007, she founded and ran medical-legal partnership programs in Northern California that located legal services in primary care medical clinics to increase access to justice for low-income urban communities. Rachael recently completed a book for the FAO entitled Statutory Recognition of Customary Land Rights in Africa. She was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, and is a graduate of Brown University and the UC Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

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Manju Menon Program Director, Environmental Justice Program | New Delhi, India

Manju has researched environmental decision making process in the regulatory and public arenas since the completion of her Masters Program at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in 1998. Her areas of work are the environmental law making and implementation processes related to the siting and regulation of infrastructure projects. She has investigated these processes in the context of hydropower, coal and nuclear power projects. These research projects and advocacy for improved decision making have been collaborative efforts undertaken in partnership with local community organisations, regional and thematic networks. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Centre for Studies in Science Policy, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She was awarded the Nehru-Fulbright fellowship in 2011 and is currently based at the Anthropology Department, Yale University for the writing of her thesis. She has been a member of Kalpavriksh, an environment research group, since 2000. She has written on environment related subjects for the popular media and has several publications to her credit.

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Abigail Moy Program Director, Global Operations | Washington, DC

Abigail has worked with access to justice programs in Africa, Latin America, and South Asia, in cooperation with the World Bank, The Asia Foundation, Fundacion Soros-Guatemala, and Timap for Justice. She previously clerked for the Hon. David H. Coar in the Northern District of Illinois, served in the Office of the Legal Adviser at the United States Department of State, and worked in the New York office of White & Case, LLP. Abigail was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship, graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, and holds a master’s degree in law and development from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

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Indira Sarma Director of Global Partnerships | Washington, DC

Indira brings over a decade of experience in international development, public health, and humanitarian aid.  She most recently served as the Associate Director for New Program Development at Jhpiego/Johns Hopkins University, where she spent five years leading efforts in proposal development, proposal writing, and program design for maternal/newborn health and HIV programs.…

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Paul McCann Director of Communications and Advocacy | United Kingdom

Paul has 20 years experience working in journalism and communications around the globe. He was a reporter on The Independent and The Times in the UK before running the communications department for UNRWA, the UN’s specialist agency for Palestinian refugees. From the agency’s HQ in the Gaza Strip, Paul worked on communications and advocacy campaigns in Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and the occupied Palestinian territory. As a development communications consultant he has written emotional speeches for celebrity ambassadors, formal reports for the UN General Assembly and uplifting radio scripts for charity appeals.

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Lee Boyce Director of Finance and Administration | Washington, DC

Over the past decade, Lee has worked with several grant-based organizations in international development.  At the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, he served as an international staff accountant responsible for the Southern and East Africa, as well as Latin America Caribbean, portfolio before moving to the field to assume the role of financial manager for the Iraq program.   Most recently, as the International Grant Manager for the American Bar Association, he oversaw association compliance with grant regulations and agreements, financial oversight of all 40 association field offices, and the development of the grant policies and procedures including the association NICRA.  He holds a Masters in Business Management from the University of Maryland.…

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Daniel Woldegebriel Accounting Manager | Washington, DC

Daniel was born and lived in Ethiopia, where he earned a BA in Accounting and BA in Management. He worked for private, public and international non-for profit organizations for over 17 years in Ethiopia & South Sudan.…

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Ellie Feinglass

Ellie Feinglass Director, Right to Health Program | Mozambique

Ellie has been living and working in sub-saharan Africa since 2000.  Prior to joining Namati, she worked with Partners in Health in Neno, Malawi, where she was Director of PIH’s Program on Social and Economic Rights.…

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Laura Goodwin Program Director, Myanmar and Citizenship | Yangon, Myanmar

Laura has previous experience with human rights work in the US and Asia. In Cambodia, she worked in the legal reform and transitional justice fields, with a particular focus on outreach and education programs for victims of the Khmer Rouge.…

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Kanchi Kohli Program Advisor, Environmental Justice Program | New Delhi, India

Kanchi Kohli is researcher, writer and campaigner working on environment, forest and biodiversity governance in India and their interface with trade and industrialisation. Her work seeks to draw empirical evidence from sites of conflict and locates it within the legal and policy processes.…

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Daniel Sesay Program Officer, Sierra Leone | Freetown, Sierra Leone

Daniel served as a lead paralegal for Timap for Justice in Sierra Leone. He consults community-based paralegal programs in program and case management and strategic oversight.…

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Jaron Vogelsang Program Manager, Community Land Protection |

Jaron Vogelsang is the Program Manager for Namati’s Community Land Protection Program. He brings with him over eight years of experience in human rights program and strategy management, capacity building, and monitoring and evaluation.…

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Marena Brinkhurst

Marena Brinkhurst Program Associate, Community Land Protection | Oakland, CA

Marena is a planner, natural resource manager, and researcher with experience working with Indigenous communities on land and resource tenure systems and rural community development. Her interest in community land rights began while studying biofuel development in India in 2008 and Indigenous land rights struggles internationally. Prior to joining Namati, Marena did participatory community planning with Beringia Community Planning Inc. in North Vancouver, Canada. Marena completed her Master’s in Natural Resource Management (Planning) at Simon Fraser University, where she researched the impact of land tenure systems on land use planning and management on First Nations’ reserves in Canada. Her Master’s research earned her the 2013 Canadian Institute of Planners President’s Scholarship and the 2012 International Symposium on Society and Resource Management award for best paper by a Master’s student. Marena also has a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences (Economics and Policy) from the University of Guelph, where she was a President’s Scholar and an active organizer of social justice and environmental initiatives.

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Tobias Eigen Community Builder | Seattle, WA

Tobias has been helping nonprofits use the Internet since the first days of dial-up modems. With a focus on capacity building, especially in Africa, Tobias has done everything from setting up hardware for journalists in West Africa to building an online platform for more than 1700 organizations.…

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Bridgetta Amoateng Finance and Administrative Director | Freetown, Sierra Leone

Bridgetta Amoateng brings over 15 years of experience working for international development organizations, specializing in financial and grant management. She previously worked as a Financial Grant Manager for the Global Agriculture and Food Security Program  implemented by the Ministry of Agriculture (Sierra Leone), and as a Project Delivery Coordinator for the Sierra Leone Justice Sector Development Program implemented by the British Council.…

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Meenakshi Kapoor

Meenakshi Kapoor Program Manager | Delhi, India

Meenakshi Kapoor has been working on environment, climate change and energy related issues since the completion of her masters program in Environment Management from Forest Research Institute in 2006.…

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Deyla Curtis Operations Associate | Washington, DC

Originally from the small town of Rowe, New Mexico, Deyla has interned at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva, Switzerland and has been a student research consultant for the International Committee of the Red Cross United Kingdom.…

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Nyi Nyi Lwin Program Manager | Yangon, Myanmar

Nyi Nyi Lwin has more than eleven years’ experience working with two international NGOs in Myanmar, first as a Program Officer and later a Program Manager and Regional Program Manager.…

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Ye Yint Program Officer | Yangon, Myanmar

Ye Yint brings 8 years of experience working in community development programs focused on HIV/AIDS, women’s rights, and public health.  He has managed programs aimed at increasing access to public services and strengthening social protections for at-risk populations, particularly women and children.…

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Khin Htet Wai

Khin Htet Wai Program Associate | Yangon, Myanmar

Khin Htet Wai brings extensive experience as a facilitator for social development programs focused on youth education and capacity building in Rakhine State.  She has conducted several trainings and workshops to mobilize youth to understand and address social issues in their communities.…

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Nant Thi Thi Oo Data Entry Associate | Yangon, Myanmar

Nant Thi Thi Oo holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Technology from the University of Computer Studies, Yangon and a Master’s degree in Management from the National University of Ireland, Dublin.…

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Nyi Nyi Htwe Data Entry Associate | Yangon, Myanmar

Nyi Nyi Htwe holds a bachelor’s degree in Law from Yangon University and a certificate in Software Engineering from ACE Data System. He has worked as an IT Coordinator at Medi Myanmar Group and before that he was an Assistant Manager at Myanmar Technology Gateway Co.…

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Eduardo Malo Program Coordinator, Right to Health Program | Mozambique

Eduardo Malo has over a decade of experience in grassroots advocacy around health and human rights. From 2002 to 2006, he served as Coordinator of Community Programes for Geração BIZ, a national initiative aiming to advance the sexual and reproductive rights of adolescents and youth.…

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Joana Falcão Monitoring & Evaluation Advisor, Right to Health Program | Mozambique

Joana has lived most of her life in Mozambique. She has worked with a number of governmental and non-governmental organizations in the implementation, management, and evaluation of various public health projects involving community engagement and capacity building, access to treatments and services, behavior change, and quality improvement components.…

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Alcides de Sacrifício Jaime Finance Officer | Mozambique

Alcides has over 25 years of experience in accounting and financial management in both the for-profit and non-profit sectors. He received his certificate in accounting in 1985 from the Instituto Comercial de Maputo.…

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Hatia Marieta Mahassa Administrative and Human Resources Officer | Mozambique

Hatia has over a decade of experience providing administrative and accounting support to both governmental and non-governmental organizations in Mozambique. She worked with the Ministry of Women and Social Action from 2002 to 2004 and the Ministry of Health from 2004 to 2006.…

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Nadja Remane Gomes Legal Advisor | Mozambique

Nadja signifies “the spirit of light” in Latin; Nadja’s commitment to justice has been an essential part of her for as long as she can remember.…

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Mahabaleshwar R. Hegde Program Manager | Uttara Kannada

Mahabaleshwar Hegde has been working on empowerment and welfare of artisanal fishermen along the Uttara Kannada coast since 2013.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Marine Biology from Karnataka University, during which he worked on primary productivity and plankton community of the Karwar coast.…

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Satnam Kaur Finance and Administration Associate | Delhi, India

Satnam Kaur has been associated with non-governmental organisations for more than a decade, including The Other Media, a broad-based platform in support of people’s movements in India, and Biblio, the literary magazine.…

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Preeti Venkatram Research Associate | Delhi, India

Preeti holds a Bachelors degree in Psychology from Lady Shri Ram College for Women, University of Delhi, and a Masters degree in Environment and Development from Ambedkar University, Delhi.…

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Hassan Sesay

Hassan Sesay Legal Empowerment Advocate | Sierra Leone

Hassan Sesay brings years of experience as a lead paralegal with Timap for Justice from 2009 to 2013, where he first began as a community paralegal in 2007.  As lead paralegal, Hassan coordinated paralegal work country-wide.  He also served as a Project Supervisor at the district level of Timap’s Community Mediation Programme.  Throughout his career, he has worked in cases involving agro-based and mining companies, and advocated on behalf of vulnerable communities to achieve respect for human rights principles.  Sesay holds a degree (Hons.) in Agricultural Economics from Njala University.…

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Jaimie Grant Communications Associate | USA

Jaimie has worked in communications and advocacy since 2006. In London he wrote for Red Pepper Magazine and Think Africa Press, and helped build networks and support for the British Red Cross, the Climate Coalition and the European Movement. After graduating from the School of Oriental and African Studies with an MSc in Violence, Conflict and Development, Jaimie worked as an investigative journalist in West Africa and with the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs. Since moving to New York he has worked in children’s rights and women’s rights advocacy at the UN, and as an editor for the Women’s Environmental & Development Organization, American Jewish World Service and UNICEF.

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Jeremy Akin Community Land Protection Program Fellow-in-Residence, Land and Equity Movement in Uganda | Lira, Uganda

Jeremy Akin is a mediator and researcher with expertise in reconciliation and alternative land dispute resolution. After serving as a Fulbright Research Fellow in Uganda, he was commissioned by the Northern Uganda Land Platform to conduct in-depth field research to identify best practices for addressing power and vulnerability dynamics in rural land conflicts. He has served as a general civil mediator for the State of Georgia and worked extensively with the Mediation Center of the Coastal Empire in Savannah and its student peer mediator program. Currently stationed in Lira, Jeremy is partnering with Land and Equity Movement in Uganda to facilitate lasting resolution of conflicts over community grazing, hunting, and wet lands. He graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Georgia.

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Matt Brown Board of Directors | Washington DC

Matt Brown is founder of Global Zero, the international movement for the elimination of all nuclear weapons. Since its launch in Paris in December 2008, Global Zero has grown to 300 leaders and more than 450,000 citizens worldwide; developed a step-by-step plan to eliminate nuclear weapons; built an international student movement with 100 campus chapters in ten countries; and produced an acclaimed documentary film, Countdown to Zero, with the team behind An Inconvenient Truth.…

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Chetan Gulati Board of Directors | London, England

Chetan Gulati is a Managing Director at Perry Capital, London. Perry is an investment firm with approximately $8 billion in assets under management that focuses on event-driven investments in both debt and equities, with a core focus on the United States and Europe. Chetan has been with Perry since 2007; prior to Perry, he was an associate for four years at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz, a corporate law firm based in New York, where he focused on bankruptcies, corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions.  Prior to the law firm, Chetan spent a semester as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Connecticut School of Law. Chetan is a graduate of the University of Rochester and earned his JD at Yale Law School in 2002.…

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Pratap Bhanu Mehta Board of Directors | New Delhi, India

Pratap Bhanu Mehta is president of the Centre for Policy Research, one of India’s most distinguished think tanks. He is also a member of NYU Law School’s Global Faculty.…

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Chi Mgbako Board of Directors | New York, New York

Chi Adanna Mgbako is clinical associate professor of law and founding director of the Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic at Fordham Law School in New York City.…

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Zaza Namoradze Board of Directors | Budapest, Hungary

Zaza Namoradze, is Director of the Open Society Justice Initiative‘s Budapest office.  He oversees programs on legal capacity development, legal aid reform, and access to justice. Namoradze previously served as staff attorney and, later, Deputy Director of the Open Society Institute’s Constitutional and Legal Policy Institute, where he designed and oversaw projects on legal clinics, constitutional and judicial reforms, and human rights litigation capacity building throughout the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.…

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Ricken Patel Board of Directors | New York, New York

Ricken Patel is co-founder and executive director of, the largest global political web movement in history with over 13 million subscribers in all 193 countries. Avaaz has a simple democratic mission: to close the gap between the world we have and the world most people want.…

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