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Global Council Co-Chairs

The 2013-2016 GCAP Global Council Co-Chairs

Amitabh Behar is the National Convener of Wada Na Todo Abhiyan, the GCAP India national coalition. He is also the National Convener of the National Social Watch Coalition (NSWC), which works for greater accountability of institutions of governance.  Amitabh's primary work focus is on governance and civil society. He is also a board member of several leading organizations in India including Navsarjan and the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability.  Watch a video of Amitabh addressing the United Nations about Post-2015 and the context of "obscene inequality" and read his reflections about the 'Poison Threads' in society.  Amitabh is currently serving his second term as a GCAP co-chair.

Marta Benavides is an activist, theologian, ecologist, and educator from El Salvador. She is one of the six Salvadorans honored by the international women's movement in the select group of 1000 Peace Women for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 and is the recipient of the 2003 United Nations Prize for Women's Creativity in Rural Life.  Marta was re-elected to a second term as GCAP co-chair at the 2013 GCAP Global Assembly.  Read Marta's open letter about climate justicelisten to her speak about 'creating the community of peoples and nations that we need' and read this article written for World Environment Day called "Pay Forward".

Richard Ssewakiryanga is the Executive Director of the Uganda National NGO Forum, a platform of more than 400 civil society organisations. He is also chairperson of the Uganda Land Alliance, president of the East Africa Civil Society Forum and co-chair of the Civil Society Partnership for Effective Development.  He was elected GCAP co-chair at the 2013 GCAP Global Assembly.

 

Previous Co-Chairs

Sylvia Borren is the Executive Director of Greenpeace Netherlands.  She was previously Executive Director of Oxfam Novib and co-chair of Worldconnectors.  In addition to serving as a co-chair of GCAP from 2007 - 2013, she was also the first chair of the GCAP Foundation.  Watch her speak at a Stand Up rally and read more in this tribute.

Kumi Naidoo is the Executive Director of Greenpeace International.  A well-known anti-apartheid and human rights activist, and former Secretary-General of CIVICUS, Kumi played a pivotal role in the formation and launch of GCAP in 2005, then served as a co-chair from 2007 - 2010.

Adelaide Sosseh is an education, human rights and anti-poverty campaigner from The Gambia.  She served as GCAP co-chair from 2007 - 2010.  Watch her speak here, read her open letter, "We Cannot Change the World By Keeping Quiet" as well as reflections on inequality and accountability in an article entitled, "Beyond the Data".