Vivian is a graduate of Carthage College, and a strategic development consultant on education, youth empowerment & employment, and women economic empowerment. She is the Founder/Director at Leading Light Initiative and Youth Advisor at Global Education Monitoring Report, UNESCO. She strongly believes in the power of business and philanthropy to work together to attain sustainable development.

Vivian Onano

Previously, Vivian has served as a global Youth Ambassador at Water Aid, Women Deliver Young Leader and a Youth Advisor to the UN Women Global Civil Society Advisory Group.

She is currently the Vice-Chair of the Global Youth Empowerment Fund Board of Trustees, Nutrition International board director ,Women Deliver board member, Africa Shared Value Initiative Leadership Council and Concordia Africa advisor.

New African Woman Magazine featured her in 2016 as one of the “30 under 30: Faces Changing Africa Now” and Forbes Woman Africa profiled her as “One to Watch”.Vivian is a recipient of the 2017 New African Woman on the Rise Award and 2016 MTV “Africa Re-Imagined” Award for her relentless work as a youth advocate.In 2015 she was honored with Mrs. Obama’s “Let Girls Learn” award by MORE Magazine for her advocacy work around girls education.

Vivian is a respected speaker who often speaks on global education, gender equality, youth empowerment, and international development. She has given presentations at the United Nations General Assembly, Women Deliver Global Conference,World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) and the Clinton Global Initiative, among others. She was the 2017 graduation Commencement Speaker at Carthage College, Wisconsin.

(Twitter: @vivianonano)

Vivian Onano