Firoze Madatally Manji (born 1950) is a Kenyan activist with more than 40 years’ experience in international development, health, human rights, teaching, publishing and political organizing.

Firoze Manji, has more than 40 years’ experience in international development, health and human rights; he is the founder and publisher of Daraja Press, including host of the online interview series Organising in the time of Covid-19. He is Adjunct Professor at the Institute of African Studies and Contract Instructor, Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada,; Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy, Berlin; Visiting Fellow at Kellogg College, University of Oxford (2001-2016) and, and Associate Fellow of the Institute for Policy Studies. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of the prize-winning pan African social justice newsletter and website Pambazuka News and Pambazuka Press and the founder and former executive director (1997-2010) of Fahamu – Networks for Social Justice, a pan African organisation with bases in Kenya, Senegal, South Africa and the UK. He has published widely on health, human rights, development and politics. He is co-editor, with Sokari Ekine, of African Awakenings: The Emerging Revolutions and co-editor with Bill Fletcher Jr, of Claim No Easy Victories: The Legacy of Amilcar Cabral. He is a member of the editorial review board of Global Critical Caribbean Thought and member of the editorial board of Nokoko, Journal of the Institute of African Studies, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario. He served as a member of the Permanent People’ Tribunal on the Role of TNCs in Southern Africa (2018-9). He is Senior research fellow of the Global Centre for Advanced Studies and a founding member of Global University for Sustainability. He is a former board member of the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy, and of Greenpeace Africa.



1984 – 1989

PhD, Medicine

University of London


Contract Professor

Carleton University Institute of African Studies

2018 – Present

Richard von Weizsäcker Fellow, Robert Bosch Academy

Robert Bosch Stiftung

2018 – Present

Adjunct Professor, Institute of African Studies

Carleton University

2018 – Present

Director, Pan-Africanism Institute

ThoughtWorks Pan Africa

2014 – 2016

Head Documentation and Information Centre


2013 – 2014


Daraja Press

2003 – Present

Editor in Chief, Pambazuka News & Commissioning Editor, Pambazuka Press

Fahamu - Networks for Social Justice

2000 – 2012

Executive Director


1997 – 2010

Africa Program Director

Amnesty International

1995 – 1997

Chief Executive

Aga Khan Foundation, UK

1992 – 1995

Regional Representative, Health Sciences

International Development Research Centre

1989 – 1992