Occupation: Professional field
Occupational Position: Founder African Youth Initiative network (AYINET), A member of Advisory Group to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at United Nations
Victor Ochena is second born twin to his peasant parents of Lango ethnic tribe, from Lira district in northern Uganda. Born and raised in his village of Abia. Like most of the children there, Victor spent his childhood in the conflicts. He is one of the success stories of the most resilient young men who took upon childhood challenges as an opportunity that reshaped him to bring positive change.
Instead of picking up a gun to avenge his lost family members, being paralyzed by grief or feeling hopelessly disadvantaged by the destitution of growing up in the refugee camp, he rose to these challenges and crafted an alternative vision of hope in the face of overwhelming despair. In 2005 Victor founded African Youth Initiative network (AYINET) Uganda, a move that have seen so many former child soldiers supported through education, victims have received intensive medical rehabilitations, youth employed, lives and families mended.
2011 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow