Eva Kouka-Quenum works in West Africa from the foundation’s Lagos office. Her grant making has supported government transparency and accountability and civil society efforts to promote political, economic, and social rights.
Before joining the foundation in 2014, Eva worked with Oxfam for 11 years, as a regional program officer at Oxfam America and later as a governance program officer for Oxfam Novib. In both positions, she collaborated with community leaders, civil society, media, and senior government officials to promote extractive industry transparency, tax justice, land reform, gender equity, the control of small arms proliferation, and peace building. Eva has extensive field experience in Ghana, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and Gambia, and she has served on the ECOWAS Commission and facilitated the participation of West African civil society in advocacy for and development of key regional policies and initiatives, including the ECOWAS Convention on Small Arms, the ECOWAS Mining Directive in 2009, and the ECOWAS Mineral Policy in 2011.
Eva holds master’s and bachelor's degrees, both in law, from Gaston Berger University in Senegal. She received additional training in international law from The Hague Academy of International Law in the Netherlands and the Institute of International Public Law and International Relations in Thessaloníki, Greece.