EHAHRDP welcomes new Director of Programs and Administration

Welcome Memory 1-1The East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project is pleased to officially welcome Ms Memory Bandera, who joined EHAHRDP in September 2013 as Director of Programs and Administration. She will be in charge of programs, and deal extensively with organizational development and human resources management. Memory is a US trained Zimbabwean whose specialty is in International Development.

Prior to joining EHAHRDP, Memory worked with the International Law Institute-African Centre for Legal Excellence (ILI-ACLE) where she was responsible for coordinating the design and implementation of seminars and supporting the Institute’s technical assistance projects and advisory services. She previously worked as the Regional Program Coordinator for East Africa with Youth Action International, and also worked with the Marketing Science Institute in Boston, USA as a Publications, Research, and Membership Coordinator. Memory is a founding member of the Girl Child Network Zimbabwe (1999); co-founder of Tariro: Hope and Health for Zimbabwe’s Orphans (2003); and Girl Child Network Uganda (2009). Memory holds a Master of Science in International Relations from Suffolk University in Boston, Massachusetts and a Bachelors degree in International Relations and Complex Organizations from Mount Holyoke College, in Massachusetts, USA.

Memory can be contacted on [email protected] or on +256 (0) 31 2 265 821

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