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Occupational Information

Occupation: Professional field

Occupational Position: Information Analyst Officer at the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Central African Republic (MINUSCA) .

Professional History

Aua is a lawyer, member of the Portuguese and Bissau Guinean Bar Associations. For the last three years, Aua has been working with the United Nations within a peacekeeping context. She first joined the UN as a Political Affairs Officer with the United Nations Integrated Office in Guinea-Bissau . As a Henigson Fellow, she worked in Senegal with the international NGO Tostan in the implementation of Human Rights norms at grassroots level. Aua was also awarded the Governance for Development in Africa Initiative fellowship [SOAS/Mo Ibrahim Foundation]; International Law Seminar Fellowship [UNOG] and C.V. Starr Scholarship [Starr Foundation]. Aua nurtures a strong inclination for academia, having been a guest lecturer in European universities and written papers on the protection and promotion of human rights in West Africa. She is currently working on a book project in Portuguese on the features of the African Human Rights system, expected to be finalized before the end of 2014.


LL.M degree with specialization in International Human Rights Law from Harvard Law School Harvard Human Rights Henigson Fellow


2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Norman Smit
23 December 2017

Making a simple change can help realize one’s full potential. At TED Talent Search Lagos 2017 in Nigeria, Victoria Ohaeri describes the importance of changing her name to positively affect others' perceptions.  The 2016 Tutu Fellow tells her personal story about the effects of labeling, and how changing her name made all the difference.

Norman Smit
21 December 2017

Young farmers participating in a project started by 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki have had their first harvest and been paid for the fruits of their labour.  The new farmers in the agro-entrepreneurship Fort Hall Eye Project harvested two tons of beans. This green success is taking place in one of the most troubled counties in Kenya, where alcoholism has left almost no household unaffected.

Peter Wilson
21 December 2017

When nominations closed earlier this week, there were close to 300 really top quality nominations of emerging African leaders from across the continent for the 2018 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  We were again impressed by the breadth of outstanding candidates who are applying for the Fellowship, reinforcing what we already know: that there is no shortage of excellent young leaders on the continent. 

Norman Smit
20 December 2017

The CEO of All On, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is helping to build access to affordable sustainable energy for low income households, small business, and communities.  All On is an independent impact investing company.  As part of its approach it has also provided a grant to the acclaimed Nigerian tech incubator, Co-Creation Hub, to challenge Nigeria’s innovators on energy. Co-Creation Hub is run by 2017 Tutu Fellow 'Bosun Tijani.

A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI



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.