Firoze Manji

Firoze Manji, a Kenyan activist with more than 40 years experience in international development, health and human rights, is the founder and former editor-in-chief of the prize-winning pan African social justice newsletter and website Pambazuka News ( He is founder and former publisher of Pambazuka Press ( He is the founder and former executive director (1997-2010) of Fahamu – Networks for Social Justice ( He has previously worked as, Director of the Pan-African Baraza for ThoughtWorks, Head of CODESRIA’s Documentation and Information Centre, Africa Programme Director for Amnesty International, Chief Executive of the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), and Regional Representative for Health Sciences in Eastern and Southern Africa for the Canadian International Development Research Centre (IDRC). He has published widely on health, social policy, human rights and political sciences, and authored and edited a wide range of books on social justice in Africa, including on women’s rights, trade justice, on China’s role in Africa and on the recent uprisings in Africa. He is co-editor, with Sokari Ekine, of African Awakenings: The Emerging Revolutions. He was a member of the editorial board of “Development in Practice”, member of the International Advisory Board of the Centre for the Study of Global Media and Democracy, Goldsmiths College, University of London, board member of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy. He is member of the editorial board of AwaaZ Magazine ( He is Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford, and is an Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies ( He holds a PhD and MSc from the University of London, and BDS from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He is publisher of Daraja Press.