Strategic Leadership Team (SLG)

The Strategic Leadership Group (SLG), the Senior Management Team (SMT) of AU Watch, is the executive decision-making body of AU Watch. It is a twelve-person body, headed by the Executive Director and directly assisted by AU Watch’s Director of Strategic Operations. The other ten members are the Heads of the various Directorates (Deputy Executive Directors). Its function is to manage AU Watch, implement the policies of the Council and take strategic decisions. They meet at least once a month. The SLG is supported by the Governing Council ten advisory Sub-committees that look at specific issues in the areas of policies, programs, risk management, research strategy, ICT, media, education, development, resources, finance and fundraising. The five-person Sub-committees, generally, have direct policy oversight over its corresponding Directorates. There are ten Directorates. The Sub-committees are composed of three renowned ‘Volunteer Experts’ in that field of operation and two staff members, one of which is the Head of the particular Directorate. He acts as Company Secretary to the Sub-committee. He is assisted by another senior staff member. The Sub-committees are chaired by the ‘Volunteer Experts.’[1] The Sub-committees meet once a month. They can meet in extra-ordinary session to discuss urgent and extra-ordinary matters.

AU Watch’s offers a program of events and other activities for public and private sector leaders who value very close interactions with AU Watch’s SLG and Governing Council. They are ‘Affiliate Members’. Many of them contribute to our operating budget that helps make our media work, research, events, and publications possible. Affiliate Members enjoy frequent opportunities for top executives to engage with AU Watch’s experts at private events all over Africa, as well as reserved seating at AU Watch’s public events and conferences.


[1] In the spirit of giving power to the peoples of Africa, all sub-committees are chaired by non-staff members.