Founder/Director at Leading Light Initiative


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 re-defining Africa’s growth and development and creating an inclusive world where women and youth can play an important role. 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.

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”. 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.

“EurAfrican Forum is a great platform to forge synergies for economic development and create opportunities for young people “ Vivian Onano.