Meet Our Leadership

Meet the extraordinary team behind DNHR 

A passionate and dedicated group committed to the noble cause of human rights. with diverse background and expertise, we amplify the voice of those silenced. Together, we stand as unwavering champions, working tirelessly to create a world where every individual’s right are respected and protected .

Board of Directors​

The Board of Directors plays a crucial role in the effective functioning and success of the Darfur Network for Human Rights (DNHR). Their importance extends across various aspects, and their contributions are vital for the DNHR’s sustainability and impact as we monitor, document, and report human rights violations in Darfur region and other parts of Sudan.

By providing governance oversight, ensuring that DNHR operates in alignment with its mission, vision, and values, DNHR Board makes critical decisions related to programmatic priorities, resource allocation, and policy formulation as well as contribute to the development and review of organizational policies, ensuring ethical and legal compliance.

With extensive years of experience, the Board of Directors serves as the guiding force for an NGO, providing leadership, oversight, and strategic direction. Their diverse skills, experience, and commitment have continued to be essential for the DNHR’s success in advancing its mission and creating a positive impact in the community it serves. Board members often serve as ambassadors, representing the NGO to external stakeholders, donors, and the community.

Ms. priscilla Yagu Shalom Ciesay

Ms. Ciesay:  possesses a solid combination of practitioner-academic experience in private legal practice, with civil society and the United Nations. Her focus has been in the field of human rights and international humanitarian law, promoting rights of women and marginalized groups, gender justice and protection of civilians. Ms. Ciesay has held several positions within various United Nations missions and agencies including in UNHQ/New York, Addis Ababa, Afghanistan, Darfur, Kosovo, Liberia, South Sudan, and Uganda….

Basaalidde Andrew

Career Aspiration To work with an organization that is dynamic and result oriented, direction-finding team working towards improving performance and excellence geared at changing lives and stimulating development...

Leon Nsiku

Leon Nsiku is a Civil Society Specialist with over 14 years of experience in program and project management in areas of human rights and democracy; humanitarian access and safety; grant writing and Research at the local and international levels. He worked on projects in Sahel, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Cameroon. Leon Nsiku holds a master’s degree in security studies and a bachelor’s degree in political science. He is a Safety and Security Consultant at Open Briefing.   He serves also as a human rights, democracy and governance Specialist at the United States Agency for International Development in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He speaks French, English and Swahili. 

Our Staff

Mohammed Adam Hassan

Executive Director

Mohammed Adam Hassan is a highly accomplished human rights professional with a Bachelor of Law from the International University of East Africa in Kampala, Uganda. As the Founder and Executive Director of the Darfur Network for Human Rights (DNHR), he brings over 15 years of invaluable experience as a Human Rights Defender (HRD) specializing in monitoring, documenting, and reporting on human rights violations, particularly focusing on transitional justice issues in Sudan, notably the Darfur region.

Mohammed's extensive career includes significant roles in various local civil society organizations, such as the Amel Center for the Treatment & Rehabilitation Victims of Torture in South Darfur Nyala. His commitment to assisting victims in internally displaced persons (IDPs) camps in Darfur is underscored by his contributions to renowned international organizations like the World Food Programme (WFP) from 2008 to 2011 and United Nations–African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) from 2011 to 2013.

In 2014, Mohammed Adam Hassan founded DNHR, demonstrating his visionary leadership and commitment to advancing human rights causes. His role as a Human Rights Defenders in Exile Working Group member further exemplifies his strategic engagement in international networks focused on protecting and advocating for the rights of those who face persecution for their human rights work.

Notably, Mohammed's collaboration with Amnesty International in 2016, where he played a pivotal role in investigating the use of chemical weapons against civilians in the Darfur region, showcases his dedication to addressing critical human rights issues.

Overall, Mohammed's strategic leadership, wealth of experience, and profound commitment to human rights make him an exceptional professional in the field, contributing significantly to the advancement of justice and protection of vulnerable populations.

Ahlam Mohammed
Program Manager

Her impactful journey in the field of human rights began as a Health Counselor in the Kalma Camp, where she served diligently from 2011 to 2015. Beyond her formal role, she strategically extended her commitment, volunteering extensively as an interpreter and Database Controller. Her expertise not only lies in healthcare advocacy but also in the nuanced realms of communication and data management, reflecting a holistic approach to human rights professionalism.

Duke Martha
Database Administrator
Prior to joining our team, Duke demonstrated her commitment to precision and data management as a volunteer at Edite Audit Firm in 2019 and later at Jassani Industry Limited, where she specialized in Date Stamps. Currently leveraging her expertise as a Database Administrator, Duke plays a pivotal role in strengthening our organizational infrastructure. Her background reflects a dedication to accuracy and efficiency, essential qualities in upholding our mission for human rights.
Nazar Mohammed
IT Manager

Entrusted with the critical task of overseeing our information technology infrastructure, systems, and processes. With a focus on managing technology resources, ensuring robust data security, and aligning IT strategies with our overall mission, Nazar plays a pivotal role in the organization's success. Drawing from a wealth of IT experience and skills cultivated through diverse training and knowledge hubs, he brings a unique perspective to our team. Originally a second-year Computer Science student at the University of Nyala in Sudan, Nazar's journey was redirected when the war forced the closure of the university. Despite this disruption, he remains dedicated to utilizing technology for the betterment of human rights causes.

Kizito Kuku
Finance and Administration Manager

A seasoned professional with a rich background in regional organizations. His invaluable experience includes a significant two-year tenure at Education in Crisis (2021-2022), where he meticulously handled financial transactions, maintained journals and ledgers, and produced insightful business-related financial reports. Prior to joining DNHR, Kizito dedicated his time as a Volunteer Assistant Finance at IRIS Ministry Orphanage from 2012 to 2014, showcasing his commitment to humanitarian causes. With a strategic mindset and financial acumen, he plays a crucial role in empowering our mission for human rights.

Adam Mousa
Advocacy Officer

A distinguished human rights professional specialising in documenting violations, advocating for justice, and raising awareness on critical issues. His extensive community leadership experiences underscore his commitment to the cause. Notably, he founded Darfur Victims Support, an organization dedicated to amplifying the voices of war victims in the Darfur region of Sudan.

As a seasoned writer and political analyst, Adam possesses the strategic acumen required for effective advocacy. His passion for human rights is evident in his role as the Executive Director of the Sudan Coalition of Human Rights, where he spearheads initiatives to drive positive change and justice for those in need.

Adam's impressive track record includes serving as the former Secretary and Peace File Officer at the Sovereignty Council from 2019 to 2021. In this capacity, he played a pivotal role in addressing human rights issues and contributing to peace-building efforts.

Abulgasim Yousif
Field Coordinator

He brings a wealth of experience to our team, having volunteered with Save the Children from 2019 to 2021. Abulgasim's hands-on experience in the field and his dedication to community service align seamlessly with our mission. As Field Coordinator, he continues to make a positive impact, ensuring effective coordination and implementation of our initiatives in pursuit of human rights and social justice.

Farhan Siddique
Human Rights Officer (reporting and analysis)

Armed with an LLM degree specializing in Advanced European and International Human Rights Law from Leiden University, Netherlands, and a Bachelor in Law (BALLB) from Aligarh Muslim University, India, Farhan brings a wealth of knowledge to our team. His interests span the intricate realms of the politics of representation, human rights, migration and international law, as well as peace and conflict studies.

Farhan plays a crucial role in advancing our mission. Notably, his international experience extends to working with the UN in Lebanon, further enriching his understanding of global human rights challenges. Farhan's commitment to promoting justice and advocating for human rights makes him a valuable asset to our organization.