Victor OchenVictor Ochen


Uganda

 

Occupational Information


Job Title: Founder and Executive Director of the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET)

Professional History


Mr. Victor Ochen is the Founder and Executive Director of the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET). Born in northern Uganda, he spent 21 years as a refugee and transformed his experiences into leading the anti-child soldiers’ recruitment campaign amidst the war in northern Uganda. He is one of the most important figures in Africa in the struggle for human rights and justice. Forbes Magazines named Ochen in 2015 as one of the 10 most powerful men in Africa, while Archbishop Desmond Tutu attested that “my heart swells with joy to see Victor as one of the new hope for Africa”.

Through his initiative of societal healing and social transformation, he has provided reconstructive medical rehabilitation to 21,000+ war victims. Victor’s life, work, and worldview are based on these principles of peace, morality, and common humanity. He was appointed as the United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors for Peace and Justice representing SDG Goal 16. Victor is also a member of the Global Advisory group to the UNHCR on Gender, Forced Displacement, and Protection. He is the first Ugandan and the youngest ever African nominated for Nobel Peace Prize 2015.

Qualifications


Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Leadership and Development Studies from the World University of Leadership

Program


2011 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow


 Additional Tags: Leadership and Development, Recruitment, Societal Healing, Social Transformation, Medical Rehabilitation, Humanity, Justice

Featured News

Norman Smit
07 October 2022

Seven Tutu Fellows have been selected for the prestigious 2022 Choiseul 100 Africa Economic Leaders of Tomorrow list and a further 11 the Top 200 list. The Choiseul 100 Africa is an annual study independently carried out by the Institut Choiseul.

It identifies and ranks the young African leaders of 40 years old and younger, who will play a major role in the continent’s economic development in the near future.  It includes business leaders, successful entrepreneurs, investors, and more who embody the dynamism and renewal of the continent.

Norman Smit
03 October 2022

2013 Tutu Fellow Danladi Verheijen has been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Atlantic Council’s new Freedom and Prosperity Center.  The Atlantic Council is an international affairs think tank that favours a close relationship between North America and Europe on political, economic and defense issues. It manages sixteen regional centers and functional programs related to international security and global economic prosperity.

The news of the appointment was shared by Danladi on his Linkedin page.

Norman Smit
26 September 2022

2014 Tutu Fellow Sello Hatang rang the Opening Bell on the trading floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) on Friday 23 September at 9:30 AM. 

Sello, who is the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, rang the bell to honor the legacy of former President Nelson Mandela, who had also rung the NYSE bell twenty years previously and was welcomed by the NYSE.

After the bell, Sello sat down for an interview about the work of the foundation and some of the ambitious goals it has.

Norman Smit
22 September 2022

2022 Tutu Fellow Bilha Ndirangu has been named to the inaugural cohort of young climate practitioners of the Yale Emerging Climate Leaders Fellowship program.

This eight-month program offers an opportunity for 16 young climate and clean energy practitioners from across the Global South to broaden their technical skills, deepen their professional networks, and exchange views with top global clean energy and climate change leaders.

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Tutu Fellowship COVID-19 News

Tutu Fellows have been active in addressing the challenges Africa is facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.  We have a new section highlighting some of the work being done by the Fellowship.
 

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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