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Kaajal

Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh – Director

Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh is a South African lawyer. She joined the ICJ in October 2020. She holds the B.Proc LLB degrees from the University of Natal (now University of Kwa Zulu Natal). She was employed at Lawyers for Human Rights (South Africa) from 2002- 2014 where she initially headed the Immigration Detention Monitoring Unit from 2002-2007 and thereafter as Manager of the Refugee and Migrants Rights Programme from 2007- 2014. She was the Executive Director of the Southern Africa Litigation Centre from 2015 – 2020 where she led many strategic litigation cases those focussing on various human rights issues and in particular judicial independence, rule of law, international criminal justice, freedom of expression and association. Kaajal was employed at the International Organization for Migration from 2001-2002. She has significant experience and expertise in the fields of asylum and refugee protection, migration, citizenship, and statelessness. She also has experience in international criminal justice and freedom of expression. Kaajal sits probono on several boards of non-profit organisations. She was previously Board Chair of the Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa from 2007-2011. She sat on the board of the Southern African Human Rights Defenders Network from 2017-2020. She currently sits on the boards of the Centre for Child Law, South African History Archive, Sonke Gender Justice and is the Board Chair of Freedom House’s Advancing Rights in Southern Africa Programme.

Mulesa

Mulesa Lumina – Communications Officer

Mulesa joined the ICJ in March 2022 as a communications consultant. Her work with the ICJ entails designing and implementing the communications strategy for the ICJ Africa Regional Programme, as well as the other ICJ teams as part of the global communications team. She obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Cape Town and a Master of Laws in Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa from the University of Pretoria. Before joining the ICJ, she had previously done work as a consultant for the Centre for Human Rights (University of Pretoria) and the International Youth Alliance for Family Planning, a social media strategist for Pomegranite Consulting Ltd, a blog and media editor for the Business and Human Rights Journal and an intern at Human Rights Network Uganda (HURINET-U). She is also a Women Deliver Young Leader Alumna and Mentor with the For Women in Law mentorship programme.

Tim

Timothy Fish Hodgson – Legal Adviser, ESC Rights

Tim joined the ICJ in October 2017. He is responsible for designing and implementing ICJ’s work around Economic, Social and Cultural rights in Africa and assists with ICJ’s global work on ESC rights and has worked in a range of countries including South Africa, Swaziland, India, Myanmar and Uzbekistan. Before joining the ICJ, he worked as a Senior Researcher at the Socio-Economic Rights Institute (2016-17); as a Legal Researcher at SECTION27 (2013-16); and as a law clerk for Justice Zakeria Yacoob at the Constitutional Court of South Africa (2011-12). Tim has published various opinion pieces, book chapters, research reports, submissions to state and institutions, and peer reviewed journal articles. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Hons) and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Cape Town. He also holds a Master of Laws from the University of Michigan (2013) and a Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford (2017, with Distinction). Tim’s Master’s dissertation for this programme is titled ‘The Right to Inclusive Education in South Africa: Recreating Disability Apartheid through Failed Inclusion Policies’’. Twitter: @TimFish42.

Justice

Dr Justice Alfred Mavedzenge – Legal Adviser Africa IJL

Justice Alfred Mavedzenge joined ICJ in November 2019. He is a pan African constitutional lawyer and scholar, with a demonstrable commitment towards promoting human rights and the rule of law across the African region. Before he joined the ICJ, Justice was working as one of the lead researchers at the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit and as a constitutional law part-time lecturer at the University of Cape Town. During his tenure at the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit, he worked as a resource person for the Southern African Chief Justices Forum and the Judicial Institute for Africa, contributing towards the development of training materials and co-facilitating training for judicial officers. He is also acclaimed for spearheading consensus building efforts which resulted in the progressive reform of the judicial selection and appointment procedures in certain Sothern African countries. He participated in numerous High Level Fact Finding Missions to East and Southern African Countries, which successfully addressed certain urgent serious threats to the rule of law and judicial independence. Before working for the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit, Justice worked at Freedom House, first as the Zimbabwe Program Country Manager, and later as the Senior Program Manager covering the Southern and East Africa region. Before then, he worked as a Democracy and Governance Advisor at PACT in Zimbabwe. A registered legal petitioner at Maja and Associates, Justice has litigated on key public interest issues in Zimbabwe. He has also worked as a researcher in the Supreme Court of Namibia. Justice has several peer reviewed publications in the form of journal articles, books and book chapters, some of which have been cited with approval in court judgments. He holds a PhD in Constitutional law (UCT), LLM in Constitutional and Administrative law (UCT), LLB (UNISA) and a BA (Midlands State University).

Nomah

Nomah Zibengwa – International Finance Officer

Nomah joined ICJ in August 2018. She prepares financial reports for internal and external use and ensuring the accuracy between narrative and financial reports to faciliate smooth audits for the ICJ. She has extensive experience in financial monitoring and tracking during implementation of projects to ensure compliance with organizational policies and guidelines as well as contractual obligations as per agreements with donors. Prior to joining ICJ, she has committed over 15 years of her career in serving the NGO sector in different capacities in the financial and grants management roles. She has worked at the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Personally Affected by HIV /AIDS (INERELA+) Secretariat in South Africa from 2011 to 2018 where she rose to heading the network’s financial and compliance functions. Between 2002 and 2010 she worked in Zimbabwe for the UZ-UCSF Research Programme, RfH and SIRDC. A member of the Institute of Risk Management South Africa, she holds a Bachelor of Accountancy Honours Degree and is in the final stages of completing an international qualification in corporate governance and company secretaryship.