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Marion A. Osieyo is an award-winning advocate, convener and writer on global development and the Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs).
She has launched several platforms for global co-operation on sustainable development. In 2015, she co-organised the first Youth Summit on the Sustainable Development Goals with the UK Department for International Development and led a national campaign, #30days30voices which reached over 60 countries.
In 2016, she co-designed and launched an online media platform, Young Leaders for Dev, hosted by the European Commission. Osieyo has also designed and led intergenerational dialogues and retreats on sustainable development in Nairobi, Brussels and Accra for activists and senior policy-makers.
In 2014, she was selected as the UK National Delegate to the World Conference on Youth where she advocated for youth inclusion in the negotiations of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Osieyo currently convenes a global community of practice across WWF’s global network of 90 offices. She facilitates collective action for the implementation of the SDGs through strategic advocacy on national processes, private sector engagement and coalition building for the SDGs.
Osieyo is a renowned writer and public speaker. Her award-winning development blog, Digging Deeper, has been visited over 335,000 times since its launch in June 2016. Her writing has been published on numerous sites including the UN Human Development Report and On Being. She has used her voice to advocate for sustainable development at the UK House of Commons, the European Commission and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa.
In 2009, Osieyo was awarded a Global Fellow by former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown and undertook a six-week public diplomacy fellowship in India. In 2015, she was awarded ‘Future Leader of International Co-operation and Development’ by the European Commission. She read Classical Studies at University of Exeter and holds a Master of Science in Global Governance and Diplomacy from University of Oxford.
Osieyo has previously worked at U.S. Congress, U.K. Civil Service and the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, where she supported 2,000 women entrepreneurs in India, Nigeria, Israel, Lebanon and Palestine.
Osieyo’s extensive experience over the past decade has made her a visionary leader known for building cooperation across ideological, geographical and political borders. She continues to use her life story and her platforms as an advocate, convener and writer to transform global leadership and action for a sustainable future.