Founder of ‘Rights and Development’, a consulting firm established in Togo in 2020, with a continental mandate to cover various international development issues. Désiré Assogbavi is a lawyer and citizen of Togo, and retuning platform member. He was former representative of the United Nations population Fund (UNFPA) to the African Union & the UNECA, and the Chief of the Agency’s Liaison Office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Désiré was also the director of Plan International’s Pan Africa Office and Head of the Oxfam International Liaison Office with the African Union in Addis Ababa from 2006 to 2017. Before that, he coordinated the Africa Team of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court in New York, USA from 2001 to 2006. From 1997 to 2001, he was an elected Commissioner on the National Human Rights Commission. During the same period, he served as the Head of the Civic Education Department at the National Radio of Togo (Radio-Togo). Désiré studied in Lomé (Togo), Strasbourg (France), Montreal (Canada), and Salzburg (Austria). He has published more than 80 articles and papers in French and English on various issues including International Humanitarian Law, International Justice, Civil Service, the African Union and African Politics etc.