Human Rights Advocate & Social Entrepreneur

Clemantine Wamariya is a passionate social entrepreneur and human rights advocate committed to cultivating African leaders and innovators through the power of storytelling. She uses personal stories of her childhood in war-torn countries and refugee camps to inspire thousands to persevere despite great odds. A charismatic and authentic public speaker, Clemantine has 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 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.” Clemantine’s life is a testament to the power of seized opportunities. With no formal education before age 13, Clemantine received her BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University in 2014. Clemantine is committed to connecting the brightest young Africans at American colleges and universities with professional opportunities at global companies where they can thrive.