Makmid Kamara is a Sierra Leonean human rights leader, researcher and development communications practitioner, with almost twenty (20) years’ experience working with national and international development and human rights organisations in Africa and the United Kingdom. He is the Director of the Africa Transitional Justice Legacy Fund (ATJLF), based in Accra, Ghana.
Prior to joining the ATJLF, Makmid worked at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London as Deputy Director of Global Issues and (Ag.) Head of the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR) Team; served as interim Country Director for Amnesty International Nigeria and West Africa Researcher. As West Africa researcher, Makmid led Amnesty’s research on serious human rights violations and mass atrocities committed in the Boko Haram conflict in north-eastern Nigeria and co-authored several reports on crimes against humanity and war crimes. As interim Country Director for Amnesty in Nigeria, Makmid helped found the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Lagos and the Legal Intervention Network in Nigeria.
He holds an MSc with distinction in Media, Communications and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and serves on the board of several organisations in the UK and Sierra Leone. He is a fellow of the Atlantic Fellowship for Social and Economic Equity (AFSEE).