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Paul Okumu

Head, Secretariat, AfricaPlatform (ACP)

Overall Responsibility for Strategy, Coalition building and Management, Dialogue and Negotiations with governments and businesses on behalf of society and Advocacy across Africa on State-Society Relations and The Social Contract. Primary focus on 23 countries-mainly Conflict affected and Emerging Democracies.Coalition building across 40 countries. Founder Africans Rising. Steering Group Member Global Civic Charter (Global), Member UNDP Program Advisory Board for Africa. Paul engages extensively with Power- from Heads of States to the leadership of the United Nations and the World Bank, from Business leaders to community members, from Global Civil Society leaders to local activists in informal settlements. For fifteen years I have built a reputation that cuts across UN Ambassadors to Senior Negotiators and UN Senior Team, from Donor Agencies and Foreign Governments to Heads of States and Senior Government Officials, from Global and Regional Civil Society to local activists. -All with one purpose:Change that last must be owned by people