CHUKWUMA, Innocent

Born February 6, 1966



B.A; M.A

Mr Innocent Chukwuma, a critical thinker and incurable optimist, is a globally renowned advocate for human rights and good governance. He is the founder of the CLEEN Foundation, a foundation created to promote public safety, security, and accessible justice in West Africa. CLEEN Foundation was the first African nongovernmental organization to receive the prestigious MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. He is currently the Director of Ford Foundation West Africa, a position he uses to address issues of democratic and accountable government, freedom of expression, and sexuality and reproductive health and rights. He also shows supporting efforts to ensure that all people have equal access to economic and social opportunities in the West African region.
Gender: Male
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Profession Activist , Administrator
Working Experience

Regional Director, Ford Foundation (West Africa), January 2013-;

Previous Appointments:

– Head, Police Research Project, Civil Liberties Organization, January 1992 – June 1994;

– Director, International Advocacy Program, Civil Liberties Organization, February 1994 – December 1997;

– Acting Executive Director, Civil Liberties Organization, July 1995 – December 1996;

– Executive Director, CLEEN Foundation, January 1998 – January 2013;

– Chairperson, Transition Monitoring Group, July 2005 – June 2007;

– Visiting Lecturer, Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, July 2010 – December 2010;

– Lead Consultant, Voluntary Policing Sector, DFID’s Justice for All Programme (J4A) in Nigeria, April 2011- December 2012;

– Chairman/CEO, Altus Global Alliance, February 2011 – January 2013;

– Board Member, the International Centre for the Prevention of Crime (ICPC);

– Board Member, African Policing Civilian Oversight Forum (APCOF);

– Board Member, Open Society Global Criminal Justice Fund;

– Member, Africa Advisory Council of Human Rights Watch.


– Member, International Society for Criminology.

SCHOOLS ATTENDED: University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu State; University of Leicester, UK.

Mr Chukwuma is the recipient of numerous honors, including the Reebok International Human Rights Award.


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