Olara Otunnu is a distinguished international statesman who is widely acclaimed for his diplomatic acumen and negotiating skills. He is current president of the Uganda People’s Congress and president of the LBL Foundation for Children. Otunnu has served as UN under-secretary-general for Children and Armed Conflict from 1997-2005, president of the International Peace Academy from 1990- 1997, Uganda’s minister of foreign affairs, Uganda’s permanent representative to the United Nations, president of the UN Security Council, chairman of the UN Commission on Human Rights and vice president of the UN General Assembly.
Otunnu is active in many civic initiatives and organizations. He currently serves on the boards of several organizations, including the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Aspen Institute, Carnegie Corporation of New York, the International Selection Commission of the Philadelphia Liberty Medal, Aspen France and the Jury for the Hilton Humanitarian Prize. Otunnu is widely recognized for his contributions to international peace and security, conflict prevention, reform of multilateral institutions, human rights and the future of Africa.
Otunnu was educated at King’s College Budo, Makerere University, Oxford University and Harvard University, where he was a Fulbright Scholar.