Vivian Onano is a social entrepreneur and seasoned humanitarian who is recognized as an emerging woman leader with the courage to lead change on the African continent. She has a strong commitment to education, women economic empowerment and leadership. Vivian has a deep interest in redefining Africa’s growth and development and creating an inclusive world where women and youth can play an important role. In 2019, Vivian became a member of the Shared Value Africa Initiative Africa Council of 8.
Vivian is a global Youth Ambassador at Water Aid, Women Deliver Young Leader and a Youth Advisor to the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Group. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Global Youth Empowerment Fund Board of Trustees and Women Deliver board member. 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”. She 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 honoured 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.
Vivian is a graduate of Carthage College, and a strategic development consultant on education, youth empowerment and employment, and women economic empowerment. She strongly believes in the power of business and philanthropy to work together to attain sustainable development.