The CSO Partnership Co-Chairs

The Global Council of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness last 27 November 2016 in Nairobi successfully reached consensus to maintain a roster of four Co-Chairs that will take on leadership of CPDE in the coming years.

The CSO Partnership is proud to introduce its co-chairs:

patriciaakakpo1Patricia Blankson Akakpo took her Master’s degree in development studies (Human Resources and Employment; Gender Studies) in the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Netherlands. She has over 15 years of experience in the field of gender & development, human resource management, resource mobilization, labour relations and programme management. Based in Ghana, she currently works as the Programme Manager for the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT). She has a number of published works focusing on feminism, gender, women’s rights and women empowerment. Patricia now serves as the CPDE Co-Chair for Communications and provides guidance to the Communications Working Group.



Julia Sanchez is the President and CEO of the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. Julia has more than 20 years of experience in top-level international development management, including 13 years working in developing countries. She served as Regional and National Campaigns Director for the Global Campaign for Climate Action. She has also worked as consultant to Oxfam Great Britain, USAID, and in partnership with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and a variety of other donor agencies. Julia has designed and managed programs in areas such as humanitarian assistance, reconstruction, governance, democratic development, community-based economic development, international volunteering and, more recently, campaigning on climate change. 



Vitalice Meja is a development policy analysis specialist in the areas of development cooperation, economic development, poverty reduction policies and microfinance as it relates to NGOs, government and intergovernmental organizations. He coordinates the Reality of Aid Africa Network – a pan-African network working on poverty eradication through effective development co-operation. Aside from this, he sits as part of the International Coordinating Committee of the Reality of Aid Global Network. He also coordinates both the Africa region and the Working Group on Enabling Environment of the CPDE.



Maria Theresa Nera-Lauron is a human rights activist, with track record of effective advocacy linking with grassroots movements globally. She is actively engaged in official processes related to Post-2015 Agenda and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Tetet also serves as the Chair of the Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), and works with Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (RCEM). She is currently the Co-Chair of the CPDE Working Group on CSO Development Effectiveness.