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History of AfSAE

For several years an informal group of African Association Executives had gathered during Meetings Africa, under the auspices of the South African National Convention Bureau (SANCB), and talked about the need and desire to connect themselves and build an infrastructure to enable them to stay connected throughout the year.

At Meetings Africa 2015 the topic was brought forward during Association Day to create the African Society of Association Executives (AfSAE). The group present enthusiastically agreed and formed an “Establishment Committee” made up of the following individuals:

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Business Meeting

The AfSAE Establishment Committee

  1. Jeffers Miruka, African Association of Agricultural Economists, Kenya

  2. Olubunmi Owoso, Commonwealth Association of Polytechnics in Africa, Kenya 

  3. Ibrahim Bangura, African Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation, Sierra Leone

  4. Diran Onifade, African Federation of Science Journalists, Nigeria 

  5. Peninnah Kabenge Aligawesa, Federation of Africa University Sports, Uganda 

  6. Chidorum Nwakanma, International Associations of Business Communicators, Nigeria 

  7. George Sunguh, Port Management Association for Eastern and Southern Africa, Kenya 

  8. Musa Mabandla, South African Neuroscience Society, Kwa-Zulu Natal

  9. Brian Ssennoga, The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa, Ghana 

  10. Kelvin Esiasa, Zambian Society for Public Administration, Zambia 

  11. Victoria Lugey, Union of the Catholic African Press, Ghana 

  12. Samuel Nii Ardey Codjoe, Union for African Population Studies, Ghana 

  13. Natalie Kensley, The Conference Company, Kwa-Zulu Natal 

  14. Gregg Talley, Talley Management Group, Inc., USA

  15. Gary Grimmer, Gaining Edge, Australia 


The role of the Establishment Committee was to explore the possibility and options around the incorporation, formation, and management of an AfSAE. The Establishment Committee empowered an Executive Group to work through these issues and report back.

The Executive Group

Name                                          Association                                                                              Role

 1. Jeffers Miruka                        African Association of Agricultural Economists                         President

 2. Ibrahim Bangura                    African Bodybuilding & Physique Sports Federation                Secretary

 3. Peninnah Kabenge                Federation of Africa University Sports                                       Treasurer

 4. Chidorum Nwakanma            International Associations of Business Communicators            Member

 5. Kelvin Esiasa*                        Zambian Society for Public Administration                                Member            

 6. Brian Ssennoga                     The Free Software and Open Source Foundation for Africa      Member

 7. Diran Onifade                        African Federation of Science Journalists                                  Member

*Kelvin has since passed on


The group met by conference call and in-person throughout 2015 and reported back to the full Establishment Committee. The conclusion was to formally incorporate in South Africa and launch at the 2016 Meetings, Africa. The Memorandum of Incorporation is available on the Members Only section of the website.

At Meetings Africa the Establishment Committee was disbanded and the first Board of Directors was voted into place as a slate by the Association Executives present. Elections and rotation of the Board will commence immediately per the By-Laws.

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