Olara A. Otunnu is the President of LBL Foundation for Children, a New York-based independent international organization devoted to promoting education and hope for children, particularly in poor, disadvantaged, and post-conflict communities. Since his selection in 2006 by a worldwide network (WCPRC) of over 12 million children, he also is serving as the first World’s Children’s Ombudsman. Mr. Otunnu is widely acclaimed for his leadership, vision, innovation, courage, and extensive contributions in several fields, particularly: international security; conflict management; human rights and humanitarian action; role and reform of the United Nations; development issues; the future of Africa; and the protection of children exposed to war.
From 1998 to 2005, Mr. Otunnu served as the UN Under-Secretary General and Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. In that capacity he led the international campaign to develop and mobilize international action on behalf of children exposed to war, serving as advocate and moral voice for them, promoting measures for their protection in times of war and for their healing and social reintegration in the aftermath of conflict.
Born in Mucwini , among the Chua people of the Central Luo , Mr. Otunnu received his early education at Mvara, Mucwini and Anaka primary schools. He received his secondary education at Gulu High School and King's College Budo. He then attendedMakerere University (where he was president of the Students' Guild), OxfordUniversity (where he was Overseas Scholar) and Harvard Law School (where he was Fulbright Scholar). A lawyer by training, he was Associate at the law firm of Chadbourne and Parke in New York, prior to becoming Assistant Professor of Law at Albany Law School.