The Executive and the Board
Dr. Marlene Ellis
As a Pan-African scholar-activist, I am committed to the repair and recovery of us as an African People. My research interests include race and education, and as Co-Chair, I work to raise the political conscious action of myself as unending, together with our African communities in the UK. I bring an intention to lead in claiming a strong sense of our own agency that demands more:
- Justice AND
My politics are progressive, anti-racist and nationalist. Professionally trained in journalism and marketing, my degree is media studies.
As Co-Chair (Executive Officer), I am passionate about bringing the dispersed energy of the Community together. I want to see this coalition make an impact in the African Community both locally and internationally.
I describe myself as Pan Afrikanist (but still learning!) with Marxist Feminist leanings. I'm a Member of Global Afrikan Congress UK (GACuk) and lead on CERD (Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) for GACuk.
Mother, grandmother, Fellowship-Leader, First Stanmore-Girls Brigade Chaplain and member of Unite the Union, I am a Community Activist with Political experience. Passionate
about Global Africa’s place in the world, I bring an understanding of strategy, grassroots campaigning and want to work towards Recognition of Global Africa, pursuit of Justice both past and present, and Development of a Pan African ethos to help us make progress in the UK and beyond.
As Treasurer (Executive Officer) I am keen to develop and build funds on behalf of IDPAD Coalition UK. .
Professor Gus John
I am a Grenadian-born award-winning writer, education campaigner, consultant, lecturer, researcher, public speaker, media commentator, a fellow of the London Centre for Leadership in Learning at the Institute of Education, University of London and visiting faculty professor of education at the University of Strathclyde and Coventry University. I am chair of Parents and Students Empowerment (PaSE), a body working with parents and with excluded students and those at risk of exclusion from school. I also work with young people associated with gangs and with relatives of victims of gun violence in Manchester. I am a patron of Origin, a rites of passage programme for young black boys in south London and the author of Time to Tell: the Grenada massacre and after.
My career as a writer/actor/activist spans several decades.
As a Rastafari journalist I have attended international conferences, represented the community in the media, published articles, edited and produced journals focusing on the history, lifestyle and contribution of the movement to a world of equity and justice. I see
arts and culture as vehicles for change and understanding, and particularly for uplifting the heritage of Africa and Africans in the modern-world.
I am an artist and activist from Oxford university. Amongst many things, I was an organising member of the anticolonial movement "Rhodes Must Fall".
I am a midwife in private practice facilitating and managing the delivery of ‘culturally safe’ maternity care. I am dedicated to ameliorating the historical inequalities in service provision, the root causes of obstetric violence; the poor outcomes for disadvantaged mothers and babies, and in particular those of African descent. I represent the Society of African & Caribbean Midwives.
Dr. Ornette Clennon
I am a Visiting Research-Fellow and a critical race scholar in The Research Centre for Social Change: Community Well Being, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK where I lead the Critical Race and Ethnicity Research Cluster. I am also Visiting-Professor at the Federal University of the Amazonas, Brazil. I bring substantial experience and expertise in bridging the gap between academia and grassroots activism and I have written and published widely in this area.
I am a Pan Afrikan Trade Unionist, President of the RMT’s London Transport Regional Council the largest region of RMT members in the union and also General Secretary of the Global Afrikan Congress (GAC) UK chapter (GACuk) and one of the founder members of GAC in Barbados in 2002.
Haja Salifu Dagarti
I am Assistant Treasurer (Executive Officer) and founder member and Chair-person of the Salifu Dagarti Foundation and Dagarti Community Interest Company. I am an Agriculturist, Humanitarian, Entrepreneur, Business Coach. This compliments being a manufacturer of natural organic skin care products. I am also an activist, a member of Global African Congress United Kingdom (GACuk) and a member of the Northampton University social enterprise club