Ms. Ramya Subrahmanian is Chief of Child Rights and Protection at UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti. She is an international social policy analyst with extensive experience in research, policy advocacy, training and teaching.  She was previously the Executive Director Know Violence in Childhood. She has provided advisory and technical support to governments, donors and civil society organisations on education, child rights, gender and social policy issues.

Previously, as social policy specialist for UNICEF India, she led research, policy analysis and advocacy in the areas of child-sensitive social protection, equity and social inclusion, and gender equality. She has been a research fellow at the Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, where she worked on issues related to gender mainstreaming, women's rights, child labour and education, and on social policies for children in India. She also co-directed and taught the MA Programme in Gender and Development, and conducted evaluations and trainings for numerous international agencies. She has a PhD in Development Studies and a MA in Gender and Development.

Mr. Bob Ransom is the Chairperson of the Administrative Council of the International Board of Trustees of ACPF. He has been Senior Advisor since 2012 at the Ethiopian Center for Disability and Development (ECDD) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. ECDD is a local, non-governmental development organization that works in collaboration with government and other development organizations to promote and facilitate “disability inclusive development” – the inclusion of children, youth and adults with disabilities in mainstream health service delivery, education, work opportunities and development programs in the country. ECDD is unique in that it intentionally seeks, trains, and employs young university-educated women and men with disabilities to implement its projects.

Prior to co-founding ECDD and serving as its first Executive Director, 2006-2011, Mr. Ransom worked for the International Labour Organization (ILO), 1986-2005, first as Africa Regional Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist, then Deputy Director of the ILO Eastern Africa Sub-Regional Office in Addis Ababa, then ILO Senior Disability Specialist in Geneva. From 1978-1985 he served as Director of Africa Programs, then Director of International Programs for Goodwill Industries of America, the largest private employer of persons with disabilities in North America. Mr. Ransom has an MA in International Administration with minors in Economic Development and International Relations of Africa from American University, Washington, DC, USA (1973), and a BA in Sociology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA (1968).

Mr. Richard Morgan is the International Advocacy Director for Plan International. He is the co-founder and co-leader of the Global Coalition to End Child Poverty. Previously, Richard was the Senior Advisor on the Post- 2015 Development Agenda at the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), responsible for promoting children’s rights and equity in the formulation of the Post-2015 Agenda and the SDGs.

Richard was the Director and earlier Deputy Director of Policy and Practice at UNICEF from 2002-2012, responsible for organizational standards and practice in the areas of gender equality, children's rights, reaching marginalized populations, child and youth participation and communication for development. Richard also led UNICEF's work on child-sensitive social protection, social statistics and advocacy for child-focused, pro-poor social and economic policies. Earlier, Richard worked in Africa for 20 years as a rural development specialist, economic and social sector advisor and humanitarian programme manager. He planned and managed large-scale emergency response programmes in Mozambique, Botswana and Namibia. Richard was a civil servant for 7 years with the Government of Botswana at central and local government levels, working on food security, safety nets, drought response, livelihood and poverty reduction programmes before joining UNICEF. Richard is a graduate of the University of Oxford, UK (BA in Economics, Politics).

Mr. Salim Amin is Chairman of Camerapix and Chairman of The Mohamed Amin Foundation. As Executive Producer and Presenter, Salim finished a documentary chronicling his father’s life in March 2006 entitled “MO & ME” which has to date won over 20 Awards for Best Documentary in the United States, Canada, India and on the African Continent, including the Grand Jury Award at the New York International Film Festival.

In January 2007 Salim was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in Davos. He is a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative

and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network. In 2010 Salim was one of only 150 people around the world invited by President Obama to the Presidential Entrepreneurship Summit in Washington, DC. In December 2012, Salim was named as one of the “100 Most Influential Africans” by New African Magazine and the same magazine named him in their “top 50 Under 50” Africans May 2013 issue and, in October 2014, Salim launched his weekly Talk Show “The Scoop”, speaking to great African personalities around the Continent, and reaching a global audience of over 300 million people on television, radio and online.

Dr Agnes Akosua Aidoo is a specialist in policy advocacy on children’s and women’s rights. She was Vice-Chairperson and Rapporteur of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2007-2013). She holds a Ph.D. in History and Social Anthropology from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). For 10 years she worked as a Lecturer in History at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana and Assistant Professor of History and African Studies at UCLA.
Dr Aidoo has had 21 years work experience in the United Nations in Africa, South Asia and Latin America. She is a former Gender and Social Policy Adviser at the UN Economic Commission for Africa and a former UNICEF global Senior Adviser on Women and Girls’ Development and UNICEF Representative in Tanzania. She has carried out research, published and provided advisory services to governments, United Nations System and NGOs on early childhood development, poverty, vulnerability and exclusion of children, youth and women, and poverty reduction strategies in Africa. She is a Trustee of the Ghana National Partnership for Children’s Trust that focuses on education, health and sanitation for disadvantaged children. She has served on the Advisory Board of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana, and supported the Africa Network of International Women’s Empowerment Research Consortium and Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT).

Professor Kamel Filali is a professor and a researcher in International Human Rights Law and Humanitarian law. He teaches at the University of Constantine, Algeria; at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasburg, France; and at the National Superior School of Magistrates in Algiers, Algeria. He holds a Ph.D. in International Law and Relations, from the University of Miami, Florida.

From 2003 until 2011, he served as a Vice-Chair Person of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). He has been a member of the Algerian National Advisory Committee for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights since 2003. He was also the Vice Chair of the African Union Commission of International law, From 2010 to2015, which deals with the progressive development of international law and its codification.

Professor Filali is a practicing lawyer and pays particular attention to cases involving children in conflict with the law before the Algerian Juvenile Tribunal and Courts. He is also registered to intervene as an Attorney at law in Civil and Criminal cases before the Supreme Court of Algeria. As a lawyer he acts as an international consultant on Algerian law and judiciary especially on the laws regulating family affairs.

In addition, he is the author of several articles on human rights and the rights of the child. Furthermore, he is active in associations through training of trainers to protect children, especially children with disabilities and those in conflict with the law.

Dr Najat Maalla M’jid served as the ‘UN Special Rapporteur on the Sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography’ for two terms from 2008 to 2014.

Dr Maalla M’jid is a medical doctor in Paediatrics, who has been involved for the past three decades in the protection of vulnerable children. She is a member of the Moroccan National Council on Human Rights, and the founder of the non-governmental organisation BAYTI, the first programme addressing the situation of children living and working in the streets in Morocco.

Dr Najat Maalla M’jid also works as Expert-Consultant for national and international projects, strategies and policies relating to child rights’ promotion and protection. She has notably been involved in the drafting of studies on the condition of children victims of violence, abuse and exploitation; children living in the streets; institutionalised children; unaccompanied migrant children; children workers; children deprived of parental care, etc. She participated in the development of national policies on the protection of the child, and has worked with several governments, non-governmental and inter- governmental organisations. Dr Najat Maalla M’jid also works as lecturer in Moroccan and international universities on child rights protection, promotion, programming and monitoring, as well as social and development policies. She is also involved in the training of social workers, law enforcement, teachers, judges, and medical staff. She is a member of several international non-governmental organisations and networks working for children’s rights. She has received numerous international awards dedicated to children’s rights.

Prof. Benyam Dawit Mezmur was the Chairperson of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC) (2015-2017) and was the Chairperson, UN committee on the Rights of the Child (2015-2017). 

He is an Associate Professor of Law at the Community Law Centre of the University of Western Cape (UWC), South Africa, and a Lecturer and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Law of UWC and the Addis Ababa University respectively. He lectures child rights, the rights of persons with disabilities, and the international protection of human rights at post-graduate level.

He worked for The African Child Policy Forum (ACPF) from 2003 to 2005, as a Legal Officer. Professor Benyam has published a number of articles on children's rights in Africa and internationally, and has lectured/served fellowships among others at the University of Antwerp (Belgium), Ghent University (Belgium), AboAkademi (Finland), Utrecht University (The Netherlands), Groningen University (The Netherlands), and Central European University (Hungary). He received his Bachelor’s degree in law (LLB) from the Addis Ababa University, a Master’s degree (LLM) from the University of Pretoria (Centre for Human Rights), South Africa, and a Doctorate in Law (LLD) from the University of the Western Cape, South Africa.

Dr. Hamid Tabatabai is a Senior Development Economist who had a long career at the International Labour Office (ILO), both in the headquarters and in the field. He joined the International Programme on the Elimination of Child Labour (IPEC) in 2002. Prior to that, he was working as a Senior Labour Market Specialist in Zimbabwe.

He has an extensive experience in child labour issues with his current research focusing on cash transfers and social security issues.  He has authored and edited a variety of publications, including books, articles and conference papers. He holds a Ph.D. in Economic Development from Cornell University, New York, USA.