Bio

Clemantine Wamariya is a passionate social entrepreneur and human rights advocate committed to cultivating African leaders and innovators through the power of storytelling, both written and spoken.

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Her personal stories of her childhood in Rwanda and in war-torn countries and refugee camps have inspired thousands to persevere despite great odds. Her Medium article “Everything is Yours, Everything is Not Yours” resulted in widespread acclaim for her unflinching honesty and sharp writing, which The New York Times described as “superb and artful.”

A charismatic and authentic public speaker, Clemantine has shared her message with hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. 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 ensuring that young Africans in the diaspora and within the continent are provided with the opportunities they need to thrive and to catalyze African development.

SPEAKING TOPICS

 
  • Resilience in the face of obstacles

  • Education as transformation

  • Scripting one’s own narrative

  • Youth empowerment (skill development & opportunities)

  • Refugee experiences 

 

CLEMANTINE WAMARIYA AT the social innovation summit

WHAT HOSTS ARE SAYING

“Clemantine’s visit to Lovett was a transformative experience. Her comments were introspective, authentic and deeply relevant. She was simply amazing.
— Kevin Randolph, The Lovett School (Atlanta, GA)

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