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William Bourdon is a lawyer and member of the Paris bar, specialized in corporate, media and criminal law. 

A lawyer at the forefront in the field of Human Rights, he defends victims of globalization and crimes against humanity. Bourdon is the advocate of whistleblowers Edward Snowden, Hervé Falciani (Swissleaks) and Antoine Deltour (Luxleaks). In 2001, he founded the association Sherpa the purpose of which is to “defend victims of crimes committed by economic operators.” He was secretary general of the International Federation for Human Rights from 1995 to 2000. William Bourdon is the author of several publications on questions of international justice and Human rights and the “Petit manuel de désobéissance citoyenne” (Short manual on citizens’ disobedience) (2014).




Alioune Tine is a prominent Human rights defender in Western Africa.

A former professor at the Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, he created in 1990 with other activists the Rencontre africaine pour la defense des droits de l’Homme (RADDHO), one of the most influential human rights organizations in francophone Africa, always at the forefront of the fight against impunity. Tine had been the director of the RADDHO for more than 20 years when he was appointed president of the Human Rights Senegalese Committee, an administrative authority responsible for advising the Senegalese Government on Human rights protection. In 2015, Alioune Tine was appointed Director of Amnesty international for Western Africa, running the work of Amnesty in 22 African countries. In 2018 he founded Afrikajom Center, a think-thank aiming at strengthening the Rule of Law in the region. He is also the UN Independent Expert on Human rights in Mali.




Khadija Sharife is an award-winning investigative journalist, researcher and editor.

She is the Africa editor of OCCRP, author of “Tax Us If You Can: Africa”, board member of Finance Uncovered and fellow with the World Policy Institute. Previously, she was the editor at the African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR). Her work has been presented at a number of forums including OECD, AU, Pan-African Parliaments among other platforms. She holds a master of financial law and is based in South Africa. She is the former director of PPLAAF.




Jihan El-Tahri is an award-winning director, writer, producer and visual artist. 

She is an Egyptian and French national, who started her career as a Foreign Correspondent covering Middle East Politics. She has produced and directed numerous documentaries, including “Egypt’s Modern Pharaohs”, “Behind the Rainbow”, “Cuba, an African Odyssey”, as well as the Emmy nominated House of Saud. Her writings include “Les Sept Vies de Yasser Arafat” (Grasset) and “Israel and the Arabs, The 50 Years war” (Penguin). El-Tahri has served as treasurer of the Guild of African Filmmakers in the Diaspora, Regional Secretary of the Federation of Pan African Cinema (FEPACI) and as an Advisor on Focus Feature’s Africa first Program.




Pierre Sané is the founder and president of the Imagine Africa Institute.

He was UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences from 2001 to 2010, and Secretary-General of Amnesty International from 1992 to 2001.






Henri Thulliez is a lawyer and member of the Paris bar. He graduated in Law School at University of Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, and holds a LLM from the School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London) as well as a Master in International administration from the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne. He was the coordinator at Human Rights Watch of the Hissène Habré case, the former president of Chad who was tried before a special court in Senegal. Henri Thulliez has written numerous articles in Le Monde, Libération, Huffington Post US, Huffington Post France and Newsweek Europe.



Project Manager

Gabriel Bourdon-Fattal is a project manager at PPLAAF. Gabriel is an experienced human rights jurist and campaigner. Among others, Gabriel led an organization against the deportation of migrant workers’ children and worked on environmental justice issues in the Middle East. Gabriel has an LL .B from the University of Haifa and a Master in African Legal Studies from Université Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne. Gabriel is an alumnus of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin and of the Our Generation Speaks Fellowship in Boston.



Project officer

Julia Ntumba Kanyinda is a project officer for PPLAAF. After having obtained a double master’s degree in partnership with the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and the University of Cologne in Germany, Julia specialized in African laws by obtaining a Master 2 in African Laws at the University of Panthéon-Sorbonne. During her studies, she was very interested in the African continent and was the general secretary of a student association that aims to be a pan-African think tank.

Johannesburg office



Southern Africa director

Ms. Pusetso Morapedi is the PPLAFF Southern Africa Director. She has previously worked at the Co-Founding Director of the Botswana Centre for Public Integrity (BCPI) which seeks to contribute to the achievement of the Vision 2036 Pillar 4 on Governance, Peace and Security. She has spearheaded the establishment of the Southern African Anti-Corruption Network, whose members seek to campaign for a Corruption Free and Prosperous SADC region. She has studied for a Master’s in Politics and International Relations, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Studies and a bachelor’s degree in Humanities from Rhodes University and University of Botswana respectively. 



Zanele Mbuyisa is the legal counsel of PPLAAF and a director and co-founder of the Mbuyisa Neale Attorneys firm (South Africa), with a successful track record having served her articles and worked as a solicitor at a UK law firm, Leigh Day. In 2005 Zanele co-founded Garratt Mbuyisa Neale Attorneys which became Mbuyisa Neale Attorneys in 2012. She then went on to help establish Mbuyisa Moleele Attorneys in January 2017. Each of the previous law firms holds a significantly successful track record in litigation as well as settlement negotiation. In her 20 years of experience in practice, she is well known for her involvement in representing victims of economic crimes. Zanele is also the co-founder of Haki Legal Clinic, a free legal clinic established in 2017 to provide quality legal services for free to people who cannot afford legal services.

Gemma Mae


Project officer

Gemma-Maé is the Admin and Communications Assistant for Southern Africa. She has a background in human rights research, communications, editing, and NPO fundraising.

Dakar office



Western Africa director

Anti-corruption activist Jimmy Kande is the Western Africa Director of PPLAAF. Originally a financial expert and banker, he worked as a credit risk manager at the Commercial Bank of Congo and is the President of the Pan African Anti-Corruption Network, UNIS. He has worked as a Senior Researcher in Political Economy at the Congo Research Group, a project based at New York University. He is a coordinating member of the “Congo is not for sale” platform, a coalition of 14 local and international organizations (PPLAAF, Global Witness, The Carter Center, Congo Research Group, Resource Matters) fighting corruption in the DRC. He holds a degree in finance and development from the Catholic University of Congo and a degree in banking management from the Ecole Supérieure de la Banque de Paris.



Trained as an investigating journalist, he is the cofounder of the Senegalese civic movement “Y’en a Marre” and one of its main architects since its creation in January 2011. Leader of a “conquering youth who turn its back on exile and defeatism”, Fadel Barro through his slogan “there is no foreclosed destiny there are only deserted responsibilities” knew how to make civic engagement a philosophy of humanist action which rallied the young people of the continent to open new possibilities. He inspired a generation of activists who find themselves today within the Afrikki platform, made up of around fifty citizens’ movements and committed artists across Africa and its diasporas. The organization of the first Popular University of Citizen Engagement (UPEC) in Dakar in July 2018, helped consolidate and amplify the exchange of practices and experiences from these movements which, spontaneously drawing on the arts and culture, strengthen democracy and freedoms in Africa. Fadel Barro has been the Ambassador of Consciousness of Amnesty International since 2016.

Marie Paule


Project officer

Marie Paule Conaré is a project officer for PPLAAF. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the University of Paris Nanterre and is a legal expert and activist. She participated in the testing campaign conducted by SOS Racisme for the study on “Racial discrimination in housing” published by the association in 2019. She also worked for the African Meeting for the Defense of Human Rights (RADDHO) where she carried out monitoring and reporting of human rights violations in Senegal. She is very sensitive to the issue of gender-based violence and has the ambition to act to fight against this violence in Senegal.



Project officer

Salimatou Diallo is a program assistant at PPLAAF’s office in Dakar. Salimatou has a bachelor’s degree in economics and management and a master’s degree in accounting and financial management. At 23 years old, she is the youngest member of the PPLAAF team and advocates for personal development for the benefit of communities in Senegal.

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