John Wilson was born and raised in Zimbabwe and lives there today. He is an agroecology stalwart and works to strengthen local civil society at various levels in this field in eastern and southern Africa, and sometimes in West Africa.
Famara Diédhiou is the programme officer for the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA). He is an engineer on regional planning and urban management with specialties in organic agriculture. He is also a member of the ethics committee in the National Organic Agriculture movement (FENAB) of Senegal. Famara has extensive experience working with Rural Women and their organisations. As a member of FAHAMU's staff, before joining AFSA, he built and supported the growth of the “We Are the Solution” rural women's movement in West Africa. He has experience working with small scale farmers on agro ecology, organic agriculture, promotion of traditional seed varieties, domestic and export market. He holds an MBA from CESAG in Dakar.
Ray Patridge is a chartered certified accountant and finance professional with broad experience, ranging from European blue-chip companies to not-for-profit social enterprises in Africa. After developing his career in London, he moved to South Africa to work in a development project, which included taking the role of project director for four years. This followed nearly two decades of a blend of business and development experience, that took him from South Africa to Zimbabwe and Northern Mozambique, and back again. Currently based in Cape Town, Ray has been working with a private equity investment group focused on food and food security, with investments in Mauritius.
Mariam is the founder and Executive Director of the ACB. She holds BA, LLB and LLM degrees from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Under Mariam’s leadership, ACB has produced a respected record of evidence-based work and plays a vital role in the food sovereignty struggles on the African continent.