JKUAT Scholar Named 2021 French African Young Leader

Dr. Oloo

A Senior Lecturer at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, School of Law has been selected to be one of the 100 laureates of French African Young Leaders Program, 2021 edition.

Out of over 3000 applicants, Dr. Judith Oloo is the only one selected from East Africa in the education category, and one of the four Kenyans overall selected to join the leadership training programme.

Dr. Oloo who is also the Chief Executive Officer of East African Centre for Human Rights, holds a Ph.D in International Law and Human Rights Law from St. Augustine University of Tanzania, an LL.M (Master of Laws) in International Human Rights Law from the University of Mysore, India and is an advocate of the High Court of Kenya.

On making it to the top 100 list, Dr. Oloo says, “I am humbled to be one of the 100 answers and a French-African Leadership Laureates 2021. I look forward to fellowship with colleagues, interacting with great world leaders and networking.”

She has a strong background in international human rights and humanitarian law, having been a lecturer and head of Private Law Department at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa before joining JKUAT School of law.

With two-term (4 years) experience as the Head of Public Law Department at JKUAT, Dr. Oloo has been very instrumental in the development of LL.M programme at the School of Law and mentorship of young legal minds beyond academics.

The French African Young Leaders Program selects 100 most promising and high-potential talents between the ages of 28 and 40 within France and African economic, political, academic, social and cultural ecosystem for leadership training and networking in France and Africa.

The 100 young leaders will meet major stakeholders from corporations, SMEs, mid-level businesses, start-ups, and members of key associations and institutions in France and Africa to explore answers to France’s and Africa’s critical questions of the day.

According to the foundation, the two-week training programme slated for Dakar, Senegal and Paris, France, will commence in October 2021.

Dr. Oloo says she will apply the experience gained during the training to improve economic, social and cultural rights outcomes for women and girls, for a fair society.

“I take this opportunity to thank the University for trusting me with responsibilities that have built my leadership and managerial skills. I pray that my selection will inspire more young leaders, especially women, to apply for next year’s program,” said Dr. Oloo adding that there is need to make more room for women at the table of leadership.

The programme is spearheaded by the French-African Foundation, established in 2017, geared towards supporting a new generation of leaders evolving on the economic, political, social and cultural scene in France and Africa.

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