Emmanuel S. Abdulai
Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai is the executive director of Society for Democratic Initiatives, Sierra Leone. A civil society institution working in governance, human rights and rule of law.
Emmanuel is the Managing partner of Abdulai & Associates, private law firm specialized in criminal, civil and business law. Abdulai & Associates pride itself in litigating at subregional and regional courts and providing gratis legal services to indignant people. One of the only Sierra Leonean law firms that has done such subregional and regional practice.
Emmanuel was awarded Sierra Leone's Legal Practitioner of the Year 2013 for his outstanding work in legal practice, philanthropy and patrioticism by the All Works of Life (AWOL).
Emmanuel Saffa Abdulai holds a BA in English and Sociology; LLB in General Law, both from Fourah Bah College; LLM in International Human Rights Law from the Center European University; an LLD candidate at the University of Pretoria.
Emmanuel has benefited from post graduation education from Oxford University in comparative media practice, law and policy; London School of Economics in African Leadership; Stanford University in Democracy, Development and Rule of Law; and the World Bank Institute in Communication and Governance.
Emmanuel is the Secretary General of the International Media Lawyers Association based at Oxford University; secretary general and governing council member of African Freedom of Information Center based in Kampala. Coordinator of the African Democracy Forum; subregional steering committee member of the West African Contract Monitoring Coalition; He is steering committee member of the Bank on Human Rights, a global network of holding international financial institutions accountable on human rights based in Washington DC.
He is the president of the African Lawyers for the Defense of Civil Societyand chairman of the network of lawyers working on protecting human rights in Sierra Leone, Lawyers for Human Rights.
Emmanuel is the owner and publisher of a local newspaper, Newswatch. www.newswatchsl.com
Academically, he has published extensively in various topics of law, governance, human rights, resources curse, open data, freedom of information, and freedom of association.
In 2010, Emmanuel was a Reagan Fascell fellow at the International Forum for Democratic Studies; in 2011, a Farozi fellow at the London School of Economics; and in 2012 a Draper Hill Fellow at Stanford University.
His two books: " Resource Curse: The Perplexing Paradox of Sierra Leone's Diamond"; and "The Right to Know: Freedom of Information as a Path to Democracy in Sierra Leone", are in print.