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

Mr. Ricardo Sunga III (Philippines), Chairperson

Mr. Sunga is a human rights lawyer and a law professor. He has taught international human rights law at the University of the Philippines College of Law, and currently serves as a Law Reform Specialist at the University of the Philippines Institute of Human Rights. He has written several academic articles on international human rights law. He is also the Regional Coordinator of the Free Legal Assistance Group, the oldest and largest organization of human rights lawyers in the Philippines.

Mireille Fanon-Mendes-France (France)

Ms. Fanon-Mendes-France has been a Professor at the University Paris V- Descartes in France and a visiting professor at the University of Berkeley in international law and conflict resolution. She has also worked for UNESCO and the French National Assembly.

She is an author of several articles on human rights and humanitarian law, as well as on racism and discrimination.

In 2009, she received the Human Rights Award by the Council for Justice, Equality and Peace.

Sabelo Gumedze (South Africa)

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.