Technical Committee

The Technical Committee advises the Tana Secretariat on the organization of the Forum. In particular, the 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. Learn more about the members of the Committee. The current members of the Technical Committee are:

Dr. Hesphina Rukato (Chair) – Zimbabwe – Development consultant and Board for Great Dyke (July 2016-June 2019).

Mr. Alex Ratebaye Tordeta (Deputy Chair) – Chad – Deputy Chief of Staff, African Union Commission (August 2018-July 2021).

Prof. Timothy Murithi – South Africa/Kenya – Head of the Justice and Reconciliation in Africa Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (July 2016-June 2019).

Dr. Noha Bakr – Egypt – Professor Adjunct Faculty, Political Science Department at the American University in Cairo (July 2016-June 2019).

Dr. iur Mehari Taddele Maru – Ethiopia – International Consultant on African Union affairs, and a Research Fellow at the NATO Defense College (August 2018-July 2021).

Ms. Semiha Adbdulmelik – Ethiopia – Senior Political Affairs Officer, Peace and Security Department, African Union Commission (August 2018-July 2021).

Ms. Haja Saramba Kandeh – Sierra Leone – Legal and Gender Associate, AIDS-Free World (August 2018-July 2021).

Ms. Michelle Ndiaye (Ex-Officio) – Senegal – Director, Africa Peace and Security Programme, Institute for Peace and Security Studies and Head of the Tana Forum Secretariat.