Gilbert Ajebe Akame | Deputy Executive Director/ Head of Children’s Rights/Barrister

Gilbert Ajebe Akame is a passionate human rights lawyer and youth advocate with more than 10 years’ experience working on access to justice and human rights education projects. He is specialized in prisoner’s rights, children’s rights and juvenile justice. He has initiated projects including the legal aid clinic project in Buea providing pro bono legal representation for indigent detainees and human rights education for communities within the Southwest region of Cameroon. He also works to promote knowledge on the U.N Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Agenda 2030 to local communities and schools. He holds a Master of LAWS (LL.M) in International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and a Master of Philosophy (Mphil) in Peace and Conflict Transformation. He is a co-founder of Contra Nocendi International.

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Matt Davis | Executive Director

Contra Nocendi International co-founder Matt Davis is a seasoned international legal advisor and passionate human rights advocate with experience in dealing with human rights issues throughout Africa and working with local and international NGOs and before international human rights bodies. He prevously led the legal team for CNI and still coordinates joint actions before international human rights bodies with partner organisations. He also provides advice on matters related to international humanitarian law, public international law and international criminal law. He is also a Visiting Lecturer in Law mainly teaching constitutional law, criminal law, public international law and human rights law. Matt holds a LL.M. degree in international human rights and international humanitarian law.

Farah Jerrari | Deputy Head of Legal and Official Representive in France

Currently pursuing a PhD degree in international public law at the University of Grenoble Alpes, Farah’s strong interest for human rights issues had led her to join Contra Nocendi in 2017. As a legal research associate, she covers a wide spectrum of legal topics to support the work of the organization in promoting the respect of human rights, and is currently focusing on conditions of detention and women’s right. Farah holds a master degree in International and European law from the Universite Grenoble Alpes, as well as a master degree in business management from Grenoble Ecole de Management.

Jill Abelson I Head of Communications

An accomplished communications strategist with a lifelong interest in human rights, Jill joined Contra Nocendi in 2000 to promote its unique work in Africa and expert voice within the field of international humans rights. She has a background in government, public policy and advocacy, throughout her career working for impact-driven organisations focused on environment, sustainability, and access to healthcare in Africa and other developing countries. She received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Mount Holyoke College, with additional studies in International Relations at Sciences Po in Paris.

Rosaline Awutarh Bates Anoma | Cameroon Advocacy Associate

An expert in and advocate for gender-based approaches to sustainable peace, development and human rights, Rosaline is a Doctoral candidate in Human Rights Law at Friedrich Alexander University, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany. Her research investigates the intersection of gender-based violence, poverty, gender stereotypes, culture and discrimination, and seeks to holistically address gender-based violence in Cameroon. At Contra Nocendi Cameroon she promotes and advocates for human rights through local, partner-led peace- and capacity-building initiatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Law and Political Science from University of Dschang, Cameroon, and a master’s degree in International Law/Human Rights from the University for Peace in Costa Rica.

Priya Thakral | Communications Assistant