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One Economy Foundation appoints Sem Mandela Uutoni as Chief Executive Officer designate

Updated: Aug 16, 2021

Magic happens when strong ideas intersect with strong implementers. Our renewed focus on youth development has been significantly bolstered by the addition of Sem Mandela Uutoni as our new Chief Executive Officer Designate, effective 01 July 2020. Sem is the personification of our work in youth development as he lives our values of inclusive, afro-centric and impact-driven solutions. Sem co-authored a youth empowerment book called “The Extraordinary Aftermath” where he detailed his lived experiences of overcoming adversity and structural barriers.

At 24 years old, Sem founded the African Pathfinder Leaders Initiative (APLI), which recently earned him the Diana Award for his efforts in youth development. APLI has developed into a formidable, youth-led organization, which capacitates young people with entrepreneurship skills, conceptualization and implementation of community development projects and building resilient mindsets. He served as a Special Assistant to the Chairperson’s Advisor on Regional Integration at the African Union Commission (AUC) in Ethiopia, and worked as the National Development Advisor (United Nations) at the National Planning Commission. He also served as a Senior Social Responsibility Consultant at Old Mutual Namibia, which deepened his understanding of developing a sustainable social investment model. Sem brings a diverse skill set, an intimate understanding of youth and community development and a stellar work ethic.

Sem holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Regional and Rural Development from the Namibia University of Science and Technology and a Master’s Degree in Regional Development and Environmental Economics (Summa Cum Laude) from Kaposvar University, Hungary.

As his book title suggest, Sem is an extraordinary addition to the team and we look forward to the magic he will create as he steers the direction of the One Economy Foundation.

For more information, contact HilmaPetrus, Executive Assistant/Communications on 061 270 7806 / Hilma.Petrus@op.gov.na .



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