Founder and CEO, Lions Write
Tolu Olubunmi is a Nigerian-born, American-raised entrepreneur and global advocate for migrants, refugees, and displaced people. An innovative thinker and determined change-maker, she has established and led numerous NGOs and campaigns focused on education, migration, youth empowerment, employment and climate change.
In May 2018, Tolu was tapped by the Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM) for a special appointment to the United Nations in New York. She is the campaign manager of the United Nations’ award-winning global climate action campaign, ActNow.
Tolu serves on the World Economic Forum's Migration Council, co-founded Immigrant Heritage Month, and has helped draft and implement U.S. immigration policies. In 2015, the World Economic Forum named her one of 15 Women Changing the World and an Outstanding Woman Entrepreneur. She was also honored by the Anti-Defamation League for her work on behalf of migrants and refugees.
She sits on the Board of Directors of USA for IOM (the UN Migration Agency) and serves as an Advisor to the social impact investment platform, BRAVA Investments. Her inspiring personal story and work have been profiled by several media outlets, including NBC, TIME, BBC, BET, and MSNBC.
Tolu is an inaugural Leadership Institute Fellow at the Center for American Progress and holds a Chemistry-Engineering degree from Washington and Lee University.
Twitter handle: @tolu_olubunmi