Co-Founder & Executive Director, Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID)
Robert HAKIZA is a Congolese living in Uganda as a refugee since 2008. He holds a degree in Agriculture from the Catholic University of Bukavu (DRC). In 2015 he attended the International Summer School of forced migration of Oxford University. He is a Co-founder and Executive Director of the Young African Refugees for Integral Development (YARID), a refugee-led organization which empowers refugees and builds community. He is also a founding member of the Refugee-Led Organization Network. He is a steering committee member of the Global Refugee-Led Network. He worked as an Assistant Researcher respectively with the Humanitarian Innovation Project (HIP) of Oxford University, the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), and Toronto University. He is a refugee advocate, has experience working with urban refugees, and also works to educate others about obstacles refugees face. He is a TED Fellow and Aspen New Voices Fellow 2017.