Innocent Chukwuma

Vice Chair

Innocent Chukwuma

Vice Chair

Innocent  is the Regional Director for Ford Foundation, West Africa. Before joining Ford, he founded The CLEEN Foundation, a nonprofit organisation that promotes public safety, security, and accessible justice in West Africa. CLEEN was the first African non-governmental organization to receive the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. Earlier in his career, Innocent held various posts within one of Nigeria’s first human rights organizations, Civil Liberties Organization (CLO). He was also the chair of the Altus Global Alliance, a global network of nonprofits.

Innocent is a globally renowned advocate for human rights and good governance and is the recipient of numerous honours, including the Reebok International Human Rights Award. He served as visiting lecturer at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, where he designed and taught a course on the management of non-profits in the Global South. He holds a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of Leicester and a bachelor’s degree in religion from the University of Nigeria.

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