Fidelis has a Bachelors Degree in Philosophy and a Masters Degree in Diplomacy and Strategic Studies. He has 4 years experience as a Human Capital Development Practitioner, Social Sector Leader and Project Manager. He is currently the C.E.O at Diploage Finishing Academy, and the Executive Director, Youth Aid Development Foundation, where he designs, coordinates and implements human capital and social development projects (including leadership development programs, employability and professional development trainings, advocacy, talent acceleration programs for graduates, startups, entrepreneurs as well as empowerment initiatives for Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria). Fidelis works with grassroots and community/faith-based organizations, educational institutions and international non-profit in promoting high-impact programs that enhance the capacity of unemployed youth, startups, entrepreneurs and Persons with Disabilities, in developing professional skills, access jobs, gain decent employment and become productive members of the society. Fidelis has volunteered as a leadership development consultant with many grassroots organizations, civic hubs, startup companies and Non-Government Organizations(NGOs). Through these experiences, he has developed apt competence in leadership development, programs design and management, capacity building, project management, social work, training and development, consulting for nonprofits, youth employability, and community mobilizing. He is committed to building high-impact ecosystems that provides leadership and economic opportunities for 100 million unemployed youth and Persons with Disabilities in Nigeria. Fidelis enjoys topics on Inclusive Development, Leadership, Employment and the Future of Work.

Host Organization: Barack Obama Foundation

Role at Barack Obama Foundation: At the Obama Foundation, Fidelis will serve as an International Program Fellow, playing an important role in the development and execution of programs that will empower the next generation of civic, business, and social sector leaders. Fidelis will help to design and evolve the organization’s Africa and Asia Leaders convenings and year-long training programs, their Scholars program, and their alumni engagement.