On 26 August 2016, the Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was admitted as an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa. Adv. Gounden obtained his BA.LLB degree in 1986 from the University of Durban-Westville in South Africa. He then obtained an LLM degree in 1990, specializing in conflict management, from Georgetown University in Washington DC under a Fulbright Scholarship. He was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Social Sciences from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2016.