Secretariat

Ms. Souad Aden-Osman
Executive Director

Ms. Souad Aden-Osman is the Executive Director for the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA). She also heads the secretariat of the African Union High Level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows (IFFs) from Africa (HLP on IFFs). In this capacity, she serves as the Coordinator of the Consortium to Stem IFFs from Africa. Under her leadership, CoDA fostered the work of AFREXIMBANK and the African Union Commission towards the establishment of the African Business Council (AfBC). She recently coordinated the preparation and adoption by the AU Assembly of the Common African Position on Asset Recovery (CAPAR). Prior to her current roles, she was the Head of the Joint Secretariat Support Office (JSSO) for the African Union, African Development Bank and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Ms. Aden-Osman served in the office of the Deputy Executive Secretary and Chief Economist of UNECA. In this role, she worked with the leadership of continental pan-African institutions that led the establishment of the African Climate Policy Center (ACPC) and the African Mineral Development Center (AMDC). Ms. Aden-Osman was part of several reform teams in the UN and directed the implementation of major institutional activities including the African Development Forum (ADF VII and ADF VIII). Ms. Aden-Osman has more than two decades of varied senior titles within the United Nations system, Canadian government and several private sector institutions. Souad Aden-Osman is a Djiboutian-Canadian and holds an M.B.A (University of Ottawa).

Mr. Oladipo Edmond Johnson
Technical Adviser

Mr. Oladipo Edmond Johnson operates as the Technical Adviser for the Secretariat of the Coalition for Dialogue on Africa (CoDA). He is responsible for providing technical and programmatic support to the Board of Directors, Executive Director and the Institution as a whole. Mr. Johnson also manages the communications and advocacy activities for CoDA. He served within the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa from 2013 until 2017 as Programme Manager for the Secretariat of the High Level Panel and Consortium to Stem Illicit Financial Flows from Africa which is now hosted by CoDA. He also worked as a Policy and Advocacy Officer in the Capacity Development Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and as a Communications Officer at the African Union Commission before that. Prior to this, he worked within the government and private sectors (2009 – 2012) of the United Kingdom where he obtained a Masters in International Management and Organisational Communications (2009) from Royal Holloway University of London. Mr. Johnson is from Nigeria and holds a BSc. (honors) from Covenant University, Nigeria. He is also a Practicing Prince 2 Project Manager and has contributed to several publications including the High Level Panel Report on IFFs from Africa as well as its resultant African Union Special Declaration on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa, ECA’s African Governance Report and APRM Report on Good Governance.