The Secretariat

Catherine Wanjiru Maina, A.g Executive Secretary

Ms Maina graduated from the University of Nairobi in 1989 with a BA-Sociology and Linguistics and joined Laikipia Research Program as a Research Assistant. In 1990, she was employed as a Children’s Officer in the Dept. of Children Services (Kenya).In the same year she undertook a Post Graduate Diploma in Population Studies at the UoN.1992-2002 she served as a District Children Officer in various districts.2002-03 she pursued an MA-International Child Welfare at the University of East Anglia (UK).2004-2008 Ms Maina served as Managerin Nairobi Children Home, the only Government Babies Rescue Center in Kenya. She then served as an Assistant Director Children Services in charge of Nairobi Province until 2012 when she joined the AU.


Wendyam Philippe SEKONE, Child Rights Officer

Wendyam SEKONE Philippe holds a law degree from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne in 2000. From 2000, he worked with a French NGO in follow-up procedures for international adoption. From 2004, he joined the Ministry of Social Action and National Solidarity and specifically to the Permanent Secretariat of the National Committee for Monitoring and Evaluation of National Action Plan for Children as a lawyer and then head of service monitoring and evaluation. With the new configuration of the service, he was appointed in May 2011 Director of Planning and Monitoring and Evaluation of the National Council for the Survival, Protection and Child Development before joining in February 2012 the Secretariat of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child as Child Right Officer. He has participated as a technical manager in the development and presentation of reports of Burkina Faso to the Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva and the Committee of African Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child Addis Ababa.


Ayalew Getachew Assefa, Senior Child Protection Officer

Ayalew Getachew Assefa is a Child Rights Legal Researcher for the Secretariat of the Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child as a seconded position to the African Union Commission. He obtained his LL.M in ‘Human Rights and Democratization in Africa’ from Center for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa and his LL.B from Mekelle University, Ethiopia. Mr Ayalew has attended advanced human rights training on children’s rights, socio economic rights, sexual minority rights, the rights of people with disabilities, international human rights law and human rights towards gender equality. He has been working as a Lecturer of law at Mekelle University, Ethiopia, for more than six years since 2006, where he has also assumed various academic and administrative positions. Working as a legal researcher, he is also a research partner to the Danish Institute for Human Rights in Copenhagen, Denmark. Mr Ayalew has extensive research experience in the areas of human rights in general and the African Human Rights system in particular. He has published articles and presented papers both at the national and international forums.


Manal Aliya Anadjib, Program Officer

She has extensive experience in Project Management and has been working as Project Officer for ADES Chad as a Humanitarian social and economic development organisation.
She holds a Master in Peace, Conflict and Peace building Studies from the Coventry University in England


KAMENI NGANKAM, Communication Officer

Mr. Kameni Ngankam Yannick Gael is the Communication Officer for the Secretariat of the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child (ACERWC). He graduated from the University of Buea in 2009 where he obtained a Bachelor of Sciences (BSc.) in Sociology and Anthropology. He was later admitted to the International Relations Institute of Cameroon (IRIC) where he completed a Master I Degree in International Relations specializing in International Communication and Public Action. He has been working as a Communication Assistant at the United Nations Information Center (UNIC) Yaounde Office from 2010 – 2012. Since July 2012, he served as the Communication Officer at the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) Cameroon Office before joining the Secretariat of the Committee at the African Union in October 2013.