Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr, a storyteller and movement builder


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Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr is a writer, speaker, storyteller, and movement builder. Who is impacting the global narrative based on her belief and championing the power of people to change the world. Her philosophy is founded on the humanist African concept of Ubuntu: ‘I am because we are’ upholding and celebrating our shared humanity. 

Her recently released book: ‘I am Because We Are: An African Mother’s Fight for the Soul of a Nation‘ illuminates the role of kinship, family, and the individual’s place in society. While revealing a life of courage, how community shaped it, and the web of humanity that binds us all.

Chidiogo Akunyili is the Founder of She ROARs, a community of empowered women across the world unleashing our ROAR. She is the  Chief Community & Communications officer at Ubuntu Foundation driving the Ubuntu communities around the world to anchor the spirit and values of Ubuntu.  

She is a World Economic Forum Global Leadership Fellow. A fellow at the Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance; An Atlantic Dialogue Emerging Leader. And Associate Fellow of Nigerian Leadership Initiative. 

Named ‘100 most inspiring women in Nigeria’ by The Guardian. ’100 most influential Young Africans’ by Africa Youth Awards. ‘100 most Influential Nigerians’ by Avance Media. And ‘Young Professional of the Year’ by Future Awards Africa. Chidiogo draws from over 15 years of professional experience in Community building; Business development; Intercultural dialogue; Strategy and Management consulting. Having lived and worked across Africa, the Middle East, Asia, North America and Europe. Speaking 7 of the world’s languages including Chinese, English, French, German, Igbo, Italian and Spanish. Invaluable tools that bridge lives, people and their global realities.

She holds a B.A. International Relations & Political Science, UPenn & Sciences Po Paris; M.A. International Relations & Economics, SAIS Johns Hopkins; Executive Leadership Program, Master in Global Leadership, World Economic Forum with certificates from INSEAD, Columbia University, Wharton School, London Business School, China Europe International Business School, and Cornell Tech.

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