Former Ambassador and President, High Council to Support Afrobarometer

Accra, Ghana – Former US Ambassador Johnnie Carson, former President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, and 14 other global political and thought leaders are joining forces to provide strategic intelligence, foresight and influence in support of Afrobarometer, the pan-African research network announced Monday.

As members of a newly inaugurated International Advisory Council, those who are African-focused will work for the mission of Afrobarometer to make African voices count in public policy and development.

In its third decade, Afrobarometer has been collecting, analyzing and disseminating reliable data on Africans’ experiences and evaluations of democracy, government and quality of life.

“The caliber of experience, leadership and involvement in this council, from across Africa and beyond, speaks volumes about the seriousness with which the global community takes the contribution of Afrobarometer to data-driven development,” said Carson, who will chair it. . “We are excited to help build the future of this pan-African institution.”

Board members, who virtually met for their inaugural meeting on Monday, include:

Carson, former US Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs and former Ambassador to Kenya, Zimbabwe and Uganda

Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia from 2006 to 2018 and Nobel Laureate in 2011

Lord Browne of Ladyton, Member of the British House of Lords

Dr. Willy Mutunga, former Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya

Margot Wallström, former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, EU Commissioner

Zeinab Badawi, international broadcaster and education leader

Professor Nic Cheeseman, professor of democracy, author and newspaper columnist

Professor Larabi Jaïdi, Senior Fellow at the New South Policy Center

Abdoulie Janneh, former UN Under-Secretary-General

Attahiru Muhammadu Jega, Professor and Former Chair of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission

Peter Kellner, political analyst and scholar

K. Riva Levinson, President and CEO of KRL International, author and columnist

Professor Bhekinkosi Moyo, Director of the Africa Center on Philanthropy and Social Investment

Dr Monde Muyangwa, Director of the Africa Program at the Woodrow Wilson Center

Dr Gerard Salole, social anthropologist and independent consultant

Thomas P. Sheehy, Senior Fellow in the Africa Center of the United States Institute of Peace

Afrobarometer, a non-profit headquarters in Ghana, is an independent research network for surveys that provides reliable data on Africans’ experiences and evaluations of democracy, government and quality of life. Seven rounds of surveys were completed between 1999 and 2018 in up to 38 countries. Round 8 surveys in 2019/2021 are planned in at least 35 countries. The data and its analysis is a public good, available free of charge at


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