2015 Young African Committed to Excellence
Storytelling and Growing and Investing in Leaders
Clemantine Wamariya is a passionate social entrepreneur and human rights advocate who has committed her life to developing African human capital through the power of storytelling and education advocacy. She uses personal stories of her childhood in war-torn countries and refugee camps to inspire thousands of people to persevere despite great odds.
As a charismatic and authentic public speaker, Clemantine began with an audience of only five students and has since shared her message with over 100,000 people. She has been a four-time guest on the Oprah Show, a speaker at TEDx, Chicago Ideas Week and at many university campuses and distinguished organizations.
In 2011, President Obama appointed her to serve on the board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Clemantine also serves on the Women for Women International Board. In recognition of her dedication towards improving the lives of others, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls organization recently described Clemantine as “a compelling storyteller and fierce advocate for girls worldwide.”
Drawing from her own life experience, Clemantine’s human rights advocacy focuses on ensuring development and mentorship for underprivileged African Youth. She is committed to connecting the brightest young Africans at American colleges and universities with professional opportunities at global companies where they can thrive.