Born in Mucwini in Uganda, Olara Otunnu received his initial education in Uganda before heading to study law at Oxford University and Harvard Law School on scholarships. After graduation, Otunnu practised law at a New York firm before moving upstate to become Assistant Professor of Law at Albany Law School.
Otunnu returned to Uganda to serve as a member of the post-Idi Amin transition administration. He was posted to New York as Uganda’s permanent representative to the United Nations. From 1985 to 1986, he was the Ugandan Foreign Minister.
Otunnu’s outstanding career include positions of president of the International Peace Academy; president of the UN Security Council, chairman of the UN Commission on Human Rights and United Nations Under Secretary General for Children and Armed Conflict.
Otunnu founded and currently heads the LBL Foundation for Children, a New York-based non-profit is committed to promoting education and healing for children around the world.