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Speaker Bios

Deputy Director of Policy, UN Millennium Campaign

Sering Falu Njie is a development professional with over 20 years of hands-on experience working on poverty issues in Africa. He has spent the last 9 years working in the Government of Gambia, where his most recent position was Director General of the National Planning Commission.   While he was Director General, Falu managed the National Planning Commission and was in charge of implementation of all MDG-related activities. He was also responsible for Gambia's PRSP II.

Prior to that, he served as the Coordinator of the Poverty Reduction Programme, where his responsibilities included piloting a Social Accountability Mechanism and Community Score Cards in the health and education sectors. He has done extensive consulting stints with The World Bank in Sri Lanka, Madagascar, Uganda and Rwanda on social accountability.

Prior to his long experience with the Government, Falu has also worked with leading international NGOs including Save the Children and ActionAid in the policy advocacy arena.  Falu holds a Masters degree in poverty reduction and development management  from the University of  Birmingham  in the UK and a Bachelors degree in  statistics from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

Director for Campaigns, Africa Action

Briggs joined the staff of Africa Action in the fall of 2007. He holds a Master's Degree in Social and Applied Economics from Wright State University.

Briggs has extensive experience working with civil society organizations in Zimbabwe and other African countries, having served on the Management Committees of the Zimbabwe Social Forum and the Southern Africa Social Forum until 2006. He has traveled extensively on the African continent and internationally.

Briggs is a frequent guest on broadcast media including BBC, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, CBC, Press TV, Al Jazeera, VOA, SW Radio Africa, KPFA and WPFW. He has been a guest on Reverend Jesse Jackson's Keeping Hope Alive radio show.

Prior to joining Africa Action, Briggs was the point person for the American Friends Service Committee's "Life over Debt" campaign in Dayton, Ohio, advocating total debt cancellation for Africa. Before that, Briggs spent a year at the Center for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Briggs serves on the Coordinating Committee (board) of Jubilee USA Network.


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