AkiDwA governance is vested in a highly accomplished Board of 12, from diverse backgrounds and professions, living in Ireland. The organisation has an advisory board of 8 from different professional backgrounds, their role is to guide and support the work of the organisation.

AkiDwA is a registered charity (CHY17227) and Company limited by guarantee without capital share (370089).

“AkiDwA 10 years evaluation”, carried out in 2011, highlighted that the organisation has developed as a professional organisation. It’s strong and creative leadership has been a critical element in the development of the organisation, in both its work and its visibility, as has the long term commitment and vision of many of the Board members and original initiators of the organisation. Their staffs were seen to be dedicated, committed, experienced, effective, knowledgeable and hardworking and therefore a valuable asset.

Board Members

Ashimedua Okonkwo Esq is the Chair of the Board. She is an international advocate, adviser, trainer and researcher on Human Rights and Civil Society issues pertaining to Refugees, Women’s Human Rights, Gender Based Violence, and Harmful Traditional Practices including FGM. She is a New York State Attorney and Counsellor at Law and a Solicitor in Ireland.   Ashimedua is very diverse and experienced in practicing English Law, New York State and Federal Laws in the United States and Irish Law.

Jules Buckley
 is a native of Zimbabwe; she has been in Ireland since 2002. She is a qualified hypnotherapist and is a core initiator of Brain Gain Ireland. She has a mixed work background ranging from personal assistance, office admin and interpreter. She is a qualified and practicing hypnotherapist and life coach.  Since her arrival to Ireland Jules has volunteered and worked closely with Sport Against Racism Ireland and AkiDwA. She previously worked with Pobal as an administrator.

Melatu-Uche Okorie
 is from Nigeria and has been living in Ireland for over eight years. She has an Mphil in creative writing from Trinity College, Dublin, and has had works published in numerous anthologies. She has strong interests on issues concerning the welfare of asylum seekers and migrant education in Ireland and is currently studying for a PhD in Education at Trinity College, Dublin, on the policy and politics of identifying giftedness in African children in Irish education.

Aradhana (Kuxi) Ghai is a human rights activist, journalist and producer originally from Nairobi, Kenya. She recently settled in Dublin, Ireland.  Aradhana started her career as a human rights activist in Kenya in 2003. She has served as an Official Observer with the Electoral Commission of Kenya in 2 constitutional referendums and one general election. Over the last 11 years, Aradhana has worked in association with civil society organizations in Kenya, creating media campaigns to promote social awareness with a focus on human rights and the Constitution of Kenya.


Honorary President

Salome Mbugua is a native of Kenya and has lived in Ireland since 1994. She has over 20 years’ experience of working with disadvantaged and underrepresented groups especially women, children, and the youth, in Kenya, Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda and Ireland. Salome is the founder and former CEO of AkiDwA, she was appointed as honorary president of the organisation in 2014. Salome has a proven track record in leadership and is a strong believer and advocate of gender equality, human rights and diversity inclusion.  She holds a master’s degree in Equality Studies from University College Dublin .