From over 1400 global applicants, 12 young leaders were selected from across the globe to participate in the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program 2015 – 2017 ; Charles Onu was the only African. The new fellows are from different spheres with backgrounds in advocacy, communications, education, governance, politics, social innovation and more, our Fellows will refine their leadership skills to take on some of our world’s most intractable challenges. Together, they will ask tough questions and take bold action to re-imagine the role of public leadership in supporting social cohesion within culturally diverse societies.
In the official announcement from Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, Charles was described as “a software developer and humanitarian technology researcher committed to sustainability and balanced resource allocation in Nigeria.”
Charles Onu innovated Ubenwa, a digital health initiative which applies machine learning and mobile technology in saving newborn lives by enabling quick and cost-effective diagnosis of birth asphyxia from infant cry. He was formerly a President/Team Leader in Enactus. In 2013, he co-founded and presently heads Research & Development at Fisher Foundation.
Charles is passionate about developing high impact technologies that address social challenges. With this prestigious appointment into the Jeanne Sauvé program, he hopes to continue to establish collaborations and transfer knowledge that will help increase the value and scale of youth empowerment, leadership and entrepreneurial projects in Nigeria.
The Jeanne Sauve Public Leadership Program is a 2-year fellow ship organised by the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation. The program aims to convene, engage and empower young leaders (aged 25 to 30) from all over the globe who are using their skills and expertise in ways that are helping to create a better and more sustainable world.