Co-founder of Fisher Foundation, Charles Onu, is a Jeanne Sauvé Fellow | Blog

Posted July 27, 2015
Co-founder and head of Research and Development at Fisher Foundation, Charles Onu, is one of 12 young people - and the only African - selected from across the globe to participate in the Jeanne Sauvé Public Leadership Program 2015 – 2017.

The 2-year fellowship organised by the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation aims to convene, connect, engage and empower young leaders who are applying their skills and expertise in ways that are helping to create a better and more sustainable world. Over 1400 persons applied from around the world, after which a dozen young leaders where selected across 10 countries.

In the official announcement from Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, Charles is described as “a software developer and humanitarian technology researcher committed to sustainability and balanced resource allocation in Nigeria.” Charles is the Principal Innovator behind Ubenwa, a digital health initiative in which he and his team are applying machine learning and mobile technology to provide portable, affordable, and reliable diagnosis of birth asphyxia. He was once a Team Leader in Enactus and is co-founder of Fisher Foundation, a research-based NGO aimed at engaging stakeholders in participatory development in Africa.

During the first year of the program, he and the other 11 fellows will live in the Jeanne Sauvé House in Montreal, Canada, and participate in intensive workshops and training while pursuing their personal, intellectual and professional goals. During the second year, the fellows continue with their individual leadership journeys, either in their home countries or elsewhere.

Charles is passionate about developing high impact technologies that address social challenges. As a Jeanne Sauvé Fellow, he hopes to transfer knowledge and establish collaborations that could help increase the value and scale of local youth empowerment and leadership projects in Nigeria.

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