Mausi Segun

Executive Director, Human Right Watch's Africa Division

Mausi Segun, executive director of Human Right Watch's Africa Division, oversees the work of the division in approximately 30 countries. Segun joined Human Rights Watch in September 2013 as the senior researcher for Nigeria. Segun has conducted field investigations to several parts of northern Nigeria, authored extended press releases and dispatches on the cycles of violence in north central Nigeria, the humanitarian crises, the abduction of girls and women and the violations committed by both sides in the Boko Haram insurgency in the northeast. She has written pieces and opinions for the New York Times, The Independent UK, Sunday Independent SA, and Salon and has been quoted in the Huffington Post, Washington Post and other major news media.

Henry Omusundi Maina

Regional Director, ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa

Henry Omusundi Maina, Regional Director, ARTICLE 19 Eastern Africa since August 2009. He is a Chevening Scholar. He recently worked on African Declaration on Internet Rights and Freedoms and has been part of critical actors engaging states and ICT companies on how to balance cybersecurity interventions and respect for freedom online. He also has expertise in media law, digital rights, access to information and governance. Henry is skilled in programme management and fundraising, and has a LLM (Master of Laws degree) in international development, law and human rights from Warwick University in the UK. He also holds degrees in journalism and education.

Hawa Ba

Senegal Country Office

Hawa Ba is the Senegal Country Office at the Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA), part of the Open Society Foundations’ network. An important part of Hawa’s work is geared towards girls and women empowerment. She is a fierce advocate of girls’ education and for equal rights in the political and economic spheres. More broadly, Hawa works to promote and protect the rights of the most vulnerable segments of society - including people with disabilities and minorities - and defend fundamental liberties. She defines herself as feminist, afro-optimist and free thinker.
Prior to joining OSIWA, Ms Ba worked for 3 years with the foundation TrustAfrica, as full-time Program Consultant managing a diverse range of portfolios. She launched and managed the French Edition of Pambazuka News (Produced by Fahamu –Networks for Social Justice). She also worked as part time lecturer at the Department of Sociology of Gaston Berger University (Senegal) and journalist-reporter at Sud Quotidien, an independent Senegalese daily newspaper.
Hawa holds a Diplome d’Etudes Approfondies (DEA) in Anthropology and a Master of Arts degree in Sociology. She equally has a Post-graduate Degree in Journalism. Hawa’s areas of interest include governance processes, migration, religion, gender, media and social movements.

Grace Githaiga

Co-Convenor, KICTANet

Grace Githaiga is the Co-Convenor of the Kenya ICT Action Network (KICTANet), a multi-stakeholder platform for people and institutions interested and involved in ICT policy and regulation (www.kictanet.or.ke). She is a member of y the Ushahidi board and also sits on advisory committees of several ICT related organisations. Her areas of interests are in ICT policy research and analysis