Joseph SenonaJoseph Senona

South Africa


Occupational Information

Occupation: Professional field

Occupational Position: Africa Cooperation at Department of Science and Technology

Professional History

After his Law studies,John joined the Constitutional Court of SA working as a legal researcher in the area of human rights, Democracy and Rule of Law. After completing his studies he relocated to Geneva, Switzerland to work at South Center and the African, Caribbean and Pacific Countries (ACP) Secretariat respectively. His work in these IGOs focused on WTO trade negotiations, Regional Trade Agreements, South-South Cooperation and policy advocacy in support of trade for development. Upon his return from Geneva, he served as home based diplomat at the then Department of Foreign Affairs of SA. An avid writer; Mr Senona has, among others, published the following articles: Trade policy and MDG 8: Beyond Rhetoric, towards Multilateral Cooperation (2008, Journal of Word Trade and Investment,); Analyzing Special and Differential Treatment Negotiations in the WTO from Doha to Post Hong Kong: Can Poor People Still Benefit? (2008, Journal of World Trade); EPAs and WTO Doha Round: Development or Discontent (April 2009, Journal of International Trade Law and Policy).


Law degree in 2002 LLM International Trade and Investment Law in Africa at the University of Western Cape.


2011 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Norman Smit
23 December 2017

Making a simple change can help realize one’s full potential. At TED Talent Search Lagos 2017 in Nigeria, Victoria Ohaeri describes the importance of changing her name to positively affect others' perceptions.  The 2016 Tutu Fellow tells her personal story about the effects of labeling, and how changing her name made all the difference.

Norman Smit
21 December 2017

Young farmers participating in a project started by 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki have had their first harvest and been paid for the fruits of their labour.  The new farmers in the agro-entrepreneurship Fort Hall Eye Project harvested two tons of beans. This green success is taking place in one of the most troubled counties in Kenya, where alcoholism has left almost no household unaffected.

Peter Wilson
21 December 2017

When nominations closed earlier this week, there were close to 300 really top quality nominations of emerging African leaders from across the continent for the 2018 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  We were again impressed by the breadth of outstanding candidates who are applying for the Fellowship, reinforcing what we already know: that there is no shortage of excellent young leaders on the continent. 

Norman Smit
20 December 2017

The CEO of All On, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is helping to build access to affordable sustainable energy for low income households, small business, and communities.  All On is an independent impact investing company.  As part of its approach it has also provided a grant to the acclaimed Nigerian tech incubator, Co-Creation Hub, to challenge Nigeria’s innovators on energy. Co-Creation Hub is run by 2017 Tutu Fellow 'Bosun Tijani.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI



The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.