Marianne Akumu was born in Uganda but was hugely influenced by the experience of living and growing up across East and Southern Africa. This instilled in her a passion for issues related to the continent and a strong belief in its limitless potential if and when properly harnessed. She currently works as the transitional justice coordinator for a Pan-African organization where she also engages in governance and development issues. Here, she is involved in project planning, design and management. Prior to this, she worked as a legal research officer with the Supreme Court of Uganda, attached to the chambers of the Chief Justice where she conducted research and analysis on cases and relevant national and international legal issues. She has also gained experience while interning with various bodies such as the African Union Commission and the United Nations Environment Programme. She loves exploring and discovering new places and is a founding partner in a local travel and tour company. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Reading and a Master of Laws degree from the University of Warwick.