Members of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent


Sabelo Gumedze (South Africa), Chairperson

Mr. Gumedze is the Head and Senior Researcher of the Research and Development Unit of the Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA) of South Africa. He has over 10 years of experience in research with a background in legal scholarship and practice, policy development, International human rights law, human security research, analysis, training, teaching, supervising, project management and implementation. He holds a Doctor of Social Sciences in International Law from Åbo Akademi University (Finland).


Michal Balcerzak (Poland)

Mr. Balcerzak is a professor of international human rights law at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Poland. His research areas include international human rights law, protection of national minorities, international judiciary and litigation and diplomatic protocol. He is currently alternate Member of the Management Board of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights. He has also served in various committees of the Council of Europe as an expert on thematic human rights issues.


Mr. Ahmed Reid (Jamaica)

Mr. Reid an Assistant Professor of Caribbean History at the City University of New York and received his Ph.D. in Social and Economic History from the University of Hull, England. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed academic journals such as Slavery and Abolition, as well as Oxford Bibliographies in Atlantic History, Oxford University Press. His work covers areas such as the Transatlantic Trade in Africans and its legacies, gender and reparatory justice.


Mr. Ricardo Sunga III (Philippines)

Mr. Sunga is an Assistant Professor at the De La Salle University College of Law in the Philippines. He teaches constitutional law and international law. He also serves as the Director of the Developmental Legal Advocacy Clinic, the clinical legal program of the same university. He has written several academic articles on international human rights law. A member of the Philippine Bar, he is the Regional Coordinator for the National Capital Region of the Free Legal Assistance Group, the oldest and largest organization of human rights lawyers in the Philippines.



Marie-Evelyne Pétrus-Barry (Guadeloupe)

Ms. Marie-Evelyne Pétrus-Barry is a human rights expert from Guadeloupe and Guinea who held several senior international positions. From 2013 to 2017 she was UN resident Coordinator and UNDP Representative in Gabon. From 2009 to 2013 she was Director of the UN Information Center in South Africa, with regional responsibilities for Sub-Saharan Africa. In 2006-2009 she was Regional representative for Central Africa at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cameroon. From 2005 to 2006 she was Chief of the Advocacy and Outreach Unit for the UN mission in Haiti. In 1998-2005 Marie-Evelyne worked with Amnesty International as Director of the Africa Regional Office in Uganda and as Head of the Organization and Liaison Unit in London. Marie-Evelyne studied African-American history and African literature. Her research work focused on people of African descent and the links between the diaspora and Africa. She speaks French, English, Portuguese, Fulani and Creole and brings 30 years of international Human Rights and Development experience coupled with High-level political affairs and management of development programs in multicultural settings.