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.
Dr Million Belay is the current co-ordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA). He has a PhD from Rhodes University and is the founder of MELCA, an NGO working with smallholder farmers in Ethiopia. He has played an active role in establishing the African Biodiversity Network. He is a researcher on food systems at the Stockholm Resilience Centre and a member of the International Panel of Experts (IPES) Food.
Dorah Marema has been involved in issues of sustainability since 2000 and has worked with a wide range of multi-stakeholder participatory initiatives. These have involved communities, NGOs, government and other institutions in various sectors, including small-scale agriculture, environment, climate change, renewable energy, gender and land-rights at local, national and international levels. She helped establish the GreenHouse Project, an NGO which runs an Environmental Sustainability Demonstration Centre in inner-city Johannesburg. She is currently the Director of GenderCC Southern Africa-Women for Climate Justice, which she founded in 2008. She is also a Director of Seed Community and a founding Trustee on the Schauenburg Education Trust, as well as the Chairwoman and Trustee on the RSM Education Trust.
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.
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.