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Eleanor Thompson

Leaders Africa 2023


Deputy Director for Programs, Namati


Sierra Leone



Eleanor Thompson is the deputy director of programs at Namati, a land and environmental justice organization in Sierra Leone. Among other work at Namati, Eleanor provides direct legal assistance to communities during lease negotiations with investors. Eleanor has worked extensively on human rights, the rule of law, and justice at national, regional, and global levels for over 15 years. She influenced positive law reform in Sierra Leone by co-drafting the Customary Land Rights Bill and National Land Commission Bill, creating more equitable and democratic frameworks for decision-making on land. Eleanor is passionate about supporting people to utilize their power to protect their rights, hold their leaders accountable, and shape the laws that affect them.