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Ni Sisi (It's Us): Career Opportunities in Social Transformation and Public Service

This event is part of the Spring Series on Civil Liberties and Human Rights Protection in Africa
Our spring series will conclude with a student focused event at the Haas Center for Public Service. Nicholas Opiyo and John Githongo share their career insights and lead discussions with students.
Nicholas Opiyo, Visiting Ugandan Constitutaional and Human Rights Lawyer, Founding Executive Director of Chapter Four Uganda, Former Secretary of the Ugandan Bar Association
Opiyo is a former Secretary of the Ugandan bar association and a vocal defender of human rights outside the courts as regular commentator on public affairs. He heads Chapter Four Uganda – a legal charity and think tank named after Chapter Four, the bill of rights in Uganda’s constitution. As well as consulting widely on human rights related issues for the World Bank and other international agencies, he leads a team of lawyers seeking out strategic litigation in defense of human rights and providing immediate legal representation to human rights defenders. His public interest cases include challenges to Uganda’s anti-pornography law, discrimination under the HIV Prevention and Control Act, Uganda’s laws on defamation and freedom of expression amongst others. He is also engaged in litigation before the regional East African Court of Justice as well before the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.
John Githongo, 2015 Mimi and Peter E. Haas Distinguished Visitor at Stanford University, CEO of Inuka NiSisi Kenya, Journalist and Former Correspondent for The Economist
John Githongo, a journalist and former correspondent for The Economist, is one of the most courageous leaders in the struggle to combat corruption and improve governance in Kenya. He served as permanent secretary for governance and ethics in Kenya’s post-transition government in 2003–4, and risked his life and career to expose one of the biggest government corruption scandals in Kenyan history. He has served as CEO of Transparency International Kenya, vice president of World Vision, senior associate member at St Antony’s College Oxford, and member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission. Currently he is CEO of Inuka, an NGO that works with Kenyans, youth in particular, to improve governance and address societal problems. In 2011 Githongo was selected as one of the world’s 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine and one of the world’s top 100 global thinkers by Foreign Policy magazine. We are delighted to welcome Mr. Githongo to Stanford University.
Sponsored by the Stanford Initiative For Religious and Ethnic Understanding and Coexistence, supported by the President’s Fund, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), Religious Studies, and the Taube Center for Jewish Studies. Co-sponsored by the Center for African Studies, the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights & International Justice, the Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford Global Studies, Stanford in Government, the Stanford Forum for African Studies, the Stanford African Students Association, the Stanford Association for International Development, and the Nigerian Students Association.

Details

When:

Thursday, April 23, 2015. 12:00 PM

Where:

Donald Kennedy (DK) Room, Haas Center for Public Service, 562 Salvatierra Wlk

Sponsor:

See below.

Contact:

650-497-7688
africanstudies@stanford.edu

Admission:

Lunch will be served.