The Pan African Online Platform of Young Professionals for Justice and Ethics is an initiative of some 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows. Originally proposed by Virgile, a 2015 Mandela Washington Fellow from the Republic of the Congo (Virginia Commonwealth University Alumnus), this initiative is now the work of a strong team composed of highly talented Mandela Washington Fellows from Cameroon, Congo, Ethiopia, and Madagascar. Hereinafter are summarized the bios of the founding members.
Virgile Rivet SAMBA-MOUSSINGARepublic of the Congo
Virgile is a judge with over ten years of professional experience in practicing law in private and public sectors. In addition to his position under the judiciary of Congo Brazzaville, Virgile is leading a local NGO that promotes international humanitarian law, Human Rights and ...peaceful means of conflict resolution. He was the prize-winner at the fourth francophone speaking moot court competition on international humanitarian law, organized by the International Committee of Red Cross in 2011. The Mandela Washington Fellowship has stimulated his passion for more transparency and a sustainable development focused on the implementation of UA Agenda 2063 in Africa. Virgile wants for everyone in his country and beyond to have opportunities and the chance to live in a peaceful world in which Human Rights are respected and upheld and will collaborate with like-minded others to support his vision.
Patience AGWENJANG NGONWEICameroon
Patience is a jurist with over nine years’ experience in gender justice, policy reforms, program management, performance monitoring and evaluation. Her experience in facilitating participatory governance processes in Cameroon and post-Ebola ...Sierra Leone has strengthened her skills in using a research on transparency, accountability and integration in the management of public investment projects in Cameroon. Her hope is to develop innovative, context-focused and citizen-centered qualitative assessment tools and quantitative performance indicators that will aid the development of sustainable legal, fiscal and regulatory mechanisms for public investment project management. Having studied integrative leadership amongst other public management concepts during the Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2015, Patience views public challenges across and beyond geographical, political, socio-cultural and economic boundaries.
Helen Abelle MelesseEthiopia
Helen Abelle has over five years’ experience in various fields of the legal sector. Currently, she is a researcher and trainer in the Southern Nations Nationalities and People Regional State Justice Organs Professionals Training and Legal Research Centre, where she focuses on conducting research and ...training on current legal, social, and human rights issues. Helen obtained a Master’s degree in Human Rights from Addis Ababa University, managed to get some of her research published, and is a volunteer for the Ethiopian Red Cross Society and Ethiopian Human Rights Council. Upon completion of the Mandela Washington Fellowship in 2015, she plans to continue her work in the development of human rights protection and good governance in her community.
Rindra is a judge with a specialization in public administration, mainly in public procurement. She currently chairs the National Procurement Board in Antananarivo (Madagascar). She also sits as a member of the Advisory Board for the Fight against Corruption. In addi...tion, she is serving as a teacher at the National School of Judiciary in her home country.
Steve NDENDERepublic of the Congo
Professional Dreamer, AfricaOptimist, certified Android Developer Nanodegree,
Steve is born to create & innovate, instilling community values in youth,
empowering youth through Education and civic engagement.
Steve believes that everyday is a new opportunity to change the world. ...in may 2016 he attended YaliTechCamp in Accra, Ghana. Steve is the Founding President of AgriZoom
Steve is serving now as the ICT Lab manager for the project. His main duties include but are not limited to designing, developing and upgrading the mobile application, the website of the Pan-African Online Platform of Justice and Ethics (www.paopje.org), managing social media profiles of the project and tackling every single technical challenge in connection with the project and its mobile and web platforms.
Gerald AFADANI is a Jurist with over eight years of professional experience. He worked for the Ministry of Justice in Cameroon as a Court Registrar. He was Chief of Section of Trade and Secured Transactions cumulatively with his position as Member/Delegate to the Court Registry... Joint Administrative Board and Permanent Disciplinary Council. He was later appointed Chief of Bureau for Correspondence and Herald has had stints with the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights (Tanzania) as a Legal Intern and as a Fellow at the United Nations Foundation (USA).
Gerald led a local NGO (Youth Renaissance International) from 2015 – 2017. During this period, he executed many projects notably on the right to fair and impartial trial in Cameroon with funding from the US Embassy in Yaoundé and a judicial transparency and integrity project titled ‘Registraethics’ funded by the US Department of State. He is passionate about SDG 16.
A 2017 Chevening Scholar and a 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow, Gerald who is Chair Emeritus of the West Africa Regional Advisory Board of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, holds an LLM in Law, Development and Globalisation (SOAS University of London, UK), Licence en Droit, a Maitrise in Business Law (University of Yaoundé II, Cameroon); Certificate in Public Management (Howard University, USA); and a PGCert. and PGDip. in International Trade Facilitation and Development (Lund University, Sweden in partnership with the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa)
OUR POTENTIAL PARTNERS AND RESOURCE PEOPLE
To reach our vision and goals, we want to get several people and organizations engaged in the implementation of our project.
 The bios of the platform’s co-founders were previously released by IREX, through its official website under the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.