Brian Kagoro is the Programme Support Division Director of the Africa Regional Office (AfRO) of the Open Society Foundation (OSF). Prior to that he was Founder and Executive Director of UHAI Africa Group, a governance and development consulting firm with operations in Johannesburg, Harare, and Nairobi. Brian is a Pan Africanist and a constitutional and economic relations lawyer.
Prior to establishing UHAI Africa Group, Brian was the Regional Programme Advisor for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Africa Governance and Public Administration Program, where he also led the UNDP Africa Governance Team within the Regional Service Centre for Africa. Prior to joining the UNDP, Brian served as Pan African Head of Policy and Advocacy at Action Aid International. Prior to joining Action Aid, Brian was a Partner at Law at Kantor & Immerman Legal Practitioners in Zimbabwe, where he also served on various Corporate and civil society Boards.
Brian is a 2005 World Economic Forum Young Global Leaderand is Co-Chair of the WEF Levi Initiative working group on Public Goods, Public Resources & Leadership. Brian has extensive leadership, policy research and advocacy experience and expertise in African Development Governance.
Brian has also served as Board Chairperson for Atrocities Watch Africa and GreenPeace Africa, respectively. He serves as a mentor on the African Leadership Centre mentoring program. He has degrees from the University of Warwick and the University of Zimbabwe.
“Always bear in mind that people are not fighting for ideas,for the things in anyone’s head .They are fighing to win material benefits , to live better and in peace, to see their lives go forward,to guarantee the future of their children……Hide nothing from the masses of our people . Tell no lies. Expose lies whenever they are told ,mask no difficulties, mistakes, failures. Claim no easy victories ” Amilcar Cabral.