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Board of Directors

Ambassador Allan Rock, Chair of the Board

President and Vice-Chancellor, University of Ottawa

Allan Rock became president of the University of Ottawa in 2008, following a distinguished career in politics and diplomacy. In 2006, Rock completed his term as Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations. As Ambassador, he led the Canadian effort to secure the adoption by world leaders at their 2005 Summit of the Canadian-inspired principle of the Responsibility to Protect populations from genocide, ethnic cleansing, war crimes and crimes against humanity. Ambassador Rock made a priority of human rights issues in the developing world, and especially in Africa, and led a coalition of like-minded in efforts to end the conflict in northern Uganda. He chaired a Working Group on Haiti. He participated in the AU-led efforts in 2006 in Abuja, Nigeria that attempted to negotiate a peace agreement in Darfur. After completing his term as Ambassador, he served as Special Advisor to the UN on child soldiers in Sri Lanka. Prior to his appointment as U.N. Ambassador, Rock served for 10 years as a member of the Canadian Parliament and occupied senior cabinet positions, including Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, Minister of Health and Minister of Industry.

 

Dr. Eamon M. Kelly, Board Member

Professor and President Emeritus, Tulane University

Eamon M. Kelly, Professor of International Development, was the first social scientist to be elected Chairman of the Board of the National Science Foundation (NSF). He currently serves as the Board Chair of the congressionally mandated Center for Advanced Research in Information and Digital Technologies “Digital Promise.” Dr. Kelly is the President Emeritus of Tulane University having served as its president for seventeen years. He is also the former Chairman of the Association of American Universities, and the original Chairman of the Satellite Working Group, which established the first nationwide private satellite system in the U.S. for the benefit of the Public Broadcasting Service. In 1968, Kelly was appointed to U.S. government service by the President serving as Director of Policy Formulation with the Economic Development Administration of the U.S. Department of Commerce. He was later named Special Assistant to the Administrator of the Small Business Administration, where he participated in planning and initiating the federal government’s first minority economic development program. Dr. Kelly joined the Ford Foundation in 1969 and served as Officer-in-Charge for the Office of Social Development, the Foundation’s largest domestic and civil rights division. In 1977, Kelly served as a special consultant to the U.S. House of Representatives where he participated in drafting legislation that provided a $1.7 billion guarantee to prevent the insolvency of New York City. Later that year, he was appointed Special Assistant to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor. In that position, he successfully directed a government-wide investigation of the Teamster’s $1.4 billion Central States Pension Fund and led negotiations resulting in the Fund being transferred to private management. After leaving the Labor Department, Kelly returned, at the request of the Secretary of Labor, to direct efforts that ended a crippling nationwide coal strike. In 1981, Dr. Kelly became the 13th president of Tulane University. He retired from the presidency and returned to the faculty in 1998 and currently teaches courses at Tulane University on international urban and rural development.

 

Mary R. Page, Board Member

Director of Human Rights and International Justice, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Mary R. Page is Director of Human Rights Program at the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation with oversight for grants that seek to defend free expression and advance criminal justice globally and in Russia, Nigeria and Mexico. Other areas of responsibility since joining the Foundation in 1990 have included conventional arms policy, Middle East regional security, and the role of the United States in international affairs. Previously she was engaged in research and development of computer-assisted instruction programs at Stanford University, mathematics education research at the University of Chicago, and English composition and early childhood education at Holt, Rinehart and Winston, publishers, where she was a Senior Editor. Ms. Page has degrees from Harvard University and the University of Chicago and serves on the board of the Global Philanthropy Partnership. 

 

Ambassador Swanee Hunt, Board Member

President, Hunt Alternatives, LLC

Swanee Hunt is an Adjunct Lecturer at the Kennedy School of Government, director of its Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP) and president of the Hunt Alternatives Fund, a foundation committed to provoking social change at local, national, and global levels. Hunt also chairs The Initiative for Inclusive Security which advocates for the full participation of all stakeholders, particularly women, in conflict prevention and resolution. From 1993 to 1997, Hunt served as Ambassador to Austria. During her tenure she hosted negotiations and several international symposia focused on stabilizing the neighboring Balkan states. Hunt became a specialist in the role of women in post-communist Europe, and in July 1997, she launched "Vital Voices: Women in Democracy," a conference convening 320 women leaders in business, law, and politics from 39 countries. The conference spawned the film documentary "Voices" as well as an ensuing State Department initiative led by Madeleine Albright and Hillary Rodham Clinton. Ambassador Hunt's work in Europe inspired the creation of Women Waging Peace, an initiative she incubated at the Kennedy School, which advocates for the full participation of women in peace processes. Hunt teaches "Inclusive Security" at the Kennedy School, a course exploring why women are systematically excluded from peace processes and the policy steps needed to rectify the problem. She also teaches "The Choreography of Social Movements" at Harvard College. A native of Dallas, Hunt began her career addressing economic and social challenges facing the Denver community. Hunt funded more than 400 neighborhood-based organizations tackling issues including violence prevention, job creation, public education, and leadership development. 

 

Michael Otim

Head of Office, International Centre for Transitional Justice in Uganda

Michael Otim is one of northern Uganda’s most prominent civil society activists and one of a few experts on transitional justice issues in Uganda. He has been responsible for bringing the plight of northern Ugandans into the national and international spotlight. Mr. Otim currently serves as Head of Office for the International Centre for Transitional Justice in Uganda. He was formerly Director of the Gulu District NGO Forum where he was responsible for coordination of more than 100 NGOs in Gulu District. He co-founded the Justice and Reconciliation Project, which empowers communities to take a local approach to reintegration of former LRA combatants. Mr. Otim was directly involved in the Juba peace negotiations; he attended as a formal Observer as Secretary to the Cultural and Religious leader's delegation to the talks. He is also the minister for rehabilitation within the traditional leadership of the Acholi, the primary tribe occupying northern Uganda. Having met with Joseph Kony and survived a number of LRA attacks, Mr. Otim has a wealth of personal and professional experience that facilitates his important role in northern Uganda’s continued recovery. Mr. Otim holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Makerere University in Kampala and a master’s degree in business administration from Gulu University. 

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  •  Fund for War-Affected Children and Youth in Northern Uganda
  • c/o Mary Page
  • 140 S. Dearborn Suite 1100
  • Chicago, Illinois 60603
  •  Phone: 504.314.2714
  •  info@ugandafund.org

 

 

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