In August 2018, the Tana Forum’s Technical Committee (TC), which advises the Tana Secretariat on the organization of the Forum, inducted four new members for a three-year term each (August 2018-July 2021). They include:

  • Mr. Alex Ratebaye Tordeta, Deputy Chief of Staff, African Union Commission (Deputy Chair of the TC).
  • Ms. Haja Saramba Kandeh, Legal and Gender Associate, AIDS-Free World.
  • Dr. iur Mehari Taddele Maru, International Consultant on African Union affairs, and a Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College.
  • Ms. Semiha Adbdulmelik, Governance and policy analyst and former Senior Political Affairs Officer, Peace and Security Department, African Union Commission.

The 8-member Technical Committee aims to advise the Secretariat on procedure and content to strengthen the Forum’s capacity to generate fruitful discussions and give participants a meaningful experience. The other members of the Technical Committee are: Dr. Hesphina Rukato (Chair), development consultant and Board for Great Dyke; Prof. Timothy Murithi, Head of the Justice and Reconciliation in Africa Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation; and Dr. Noha Bakr, Professor Adjunct Faculty, Political Science Department at the American University in Cairo. Ms. Michelle Ndiaye, Director of Africa Peace and Security Programme at IPSS and Head of the Tana Forum Secretariat acts as the Ex-Officio of the Technical Committee.