Advisory Board

The Advisory Board (AB) performs an advisory role to ensure that all CDES activities remain on track and on budget and thus responsible for the strategy-setting and general oversight of CDES’ activities, including financial issues and funding allocations within the overall budget as recommended by the MU. The AB members also provide timely and regular operational advice to sustain the organization’s integrity and credibility.

The members of the AB contribute to the smooth functioning of CDES. To this end, they receive regular reports from the Management Unit (MU), on major activities, monitor project operations, provide ongoing risk analyses and consider funding for emerging issues. The decisions within the AB shall preferably be taken by consensus. The AB is chaired by its President and in his absence by a delegated board member. It will meet twice every year and more frequently if so decided by the members of the Board or upon request by the Executive Director.

The members of the Board are those indicated in the Status of CDES plus the Executive Director as permanent member.


Justice Tahle Mukete Itoe

Advisory Board Chairperson

Justice Tahle Mukete Itoe

Justice Mukete is a judge and a well respected civil society activist in Cameroon. He is the CEO of the Global Network for Good Governance, an anti-corruption, good governance organization created at the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) in Rome in 1999.

A holder of a Post-Graduate Diploma (Maitrise) in law from the University of Yaounde, Justice Mukete has also attended many diploma/leadership courses at the UN Centre for Human Rights in Geneva, the International Institute of Human Rights (IIHR) in Strasbourg, the Institute of Social Studies (ISS), at The Hague, the International Centre for Human Rights Education (EQUITAS) in Montreal and the International Development Law Organization (IDLO).
He has written many articles and position papers on the rule of law, poverty alleviation, human rights, democracy and governance. Justice Mukete sat on the Cameroon Government’s National Anti-Corruption Observatory (OLC) at the Prime Minister’s Office. He is a member of several international organizations including the World Jurist Association (WJA), Penal Reform International (PRI), Amnesty International, Transformation Thinkers Network (TTN) and the International Correction and Prisons Association (ICPA).

 Jag Dhillon, Board Member

Jag Dhillon (Canada)

Jag is a Senior International Development Consultant with more than 30 years professional experience in International development with excellent organizational, capacity building, and facilitation skills. He is an affiliate and a United Nations Volunteer Adviser (UNVA), since 1996, Expert on-call, International Roster of Experts, UNCHS, Nairobi, Kenya, since 1998 and a Volunteer Consultant / Expert Adviser with the Canadian Executive Service Organization, CESO International Service, since 1988. Jag has served in several capacities in Canada and in over 15 developing Countries in all 5 continents. Rotary International named him a  Paul Harris Fellow, for his outstanding contribution to development works in developing countries. Jag was honored with a Queen Golden Jubilee medal and a Queen Diamond Jubilee medal in 2003 and 2012 respectively in recognition of his leadership and sustained contribution to Canada and many developing nations.

Justice Mrs. Mbah Acha Rose

Vice Chairperson of the Advisory Board


Justice Mrs. Mbah Acha Rose is a seasoned judge and well known human rights advocate in Cameroon and Africa.She is the President of the Regional Administrative Court for North West in Cameroon. Justice Mrs. Mbah Acha served previously as Vice President and judge at the Regional Court of Appeal in South West, President and judge in several courts of 1st Instance in Cameroon. Her unquestionable involvement in fighting violence and abuse against women and the less advantaged groups in Cameroon has attracted national and international attention on the subject. She has written several position papers and articles on governance, human rights and the integrity of elections in Africa.

Bod Odeh, 

Board Member

Bob Odeh

Bob is a Senior International Development Advisor with over Twenty-five years of professional experience in sustainable international development, including eighteen years in monitoring and evaluation of governance, civil society partnerships, and public sector reform. Bob has extensive Program and Project management experience in issues related to gender equality, human resources development, training and good governance. He has conducted several International development assignments with the Government of Canada, Kuwait Fund for Economic Development, United Nations organizations, and the World Bank. He is presently a freelance Senior International Consultant on monitoring and evaluation (M&E) and results based management (RBM) training with United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Nyansako Ni Nku

Board Member

Nyansako Ni Nku

The Rt. Rev. Dr. Nku is a renowned and respectable advocate for human rights and equality. While serving as President of the All African Conference of Churches, Dr. Nku enjoined African churches to play a pivotal role in promoting and sustaining peace and reconciliation within Africa. He also served as Moderator of the Presbyterian Church in Cameroon for over 8 years and contributed enormously the fight for good governance and human rights. He devoted many years to advocating for equality, freedom and fought good governance in the management of church and state affairs. He is known and respected for his dedication to justice and transparencyin Cameroon and Africa.

 Mrs. Sihaka Tsemo

Board Members

Sihaka Tsemo (Cameroon

Mrs. Sihaka is an International Consultant, former Regional Director of UNHCR for Southern Africa and Regional Programme Adviser. She is currently an International consultant on Human Rights and Gender studies based in Johannesburg, South Africa. Herdedication to advocacy on Democratic Rights for refugees and Internal Displaced Persons in the fields of democracy and elections has made her a force in the African region.

Rev. Fr. Martin Chi

Board Member

Rev. Fr

Fr. Martin is a Priest of the Catholic Church in the Diocese of Buea, serving as the Pariochia Vicar of St.Joseph’s Parish in Tiko. He has devoted years of his career in to supporting the work of Civil Society Organizations and has an unspeakable analytical skills in the fields of democracy and governance.Fr. Martin is an advocate for women and youth political empowerment. He is known for his commitment and dedication to promoting and fighting the abuse of women and the rights of the minority and lessadvantaged population.