Nigeria’s Charles Onu Named Among 12 Prospective World Leaders


A young Nigerian technology entrepreneur, Charles Onu, has been listed among 12 young people -and the only African – selected from across the globe to participate in the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program 2015 – 2017.

Organised by the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, the two-year fellowship aims to convene, connect, engage and empower young leaders who are applying their skills and expertise in ways that are helping to create a better and more sustainable world. Over 1400 persons applied from around the world, after which a dozen young leaders where selected across 10 countries.

The first year of the program is a full-time intensive residential phase during which fellows live in the Jeanne Sauvé House in Montreal, Canada, while pursuing their personal, intellectual and professional goals.

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During the second year, the fellows continue with their individual leadership journeys, either in their home countries or elsewhere.

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In the official announcement from Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, Charles was described as “a software developer and humanitarian technology researcher committed to sustainability and balanced resource allocation in Nigeria.”

Nigeria’s Charles Onu is the Principal Innovator behind Ubenwa, a digital health initiative in which he and his team are applying machine learning and mobile technology to provide portable, affordable, and reliable diagnosis of birth asphyxia.

Onu was once a Team Leader in Enactus and is co-founder of Fisher Foundation, a research-based NGO aimed at engaging stakeholders in participatory development in Africa.

Source: Technology Times



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