Oliver Anene

Oliver Anene is a passionate health advocate with work experience around Africa and the United States. In 2006, he founded a community-based organization to address gaps in health care access across Southern Nigeria. Over the years, his experience and the experiences of other young people heavily burdened by HIV pushed him to lend a voice to improving health policies around the world. He has, and currently serves as a member of multiple local, national, and international advocacy coalitions, including Community Advisory Boards for grant-making organizations, the Youth Reference Group of the Global Forum on MSM and HIV, the New York City HIV Planning Council, and chaired the Board of the HIV Young Leader’s Fund. As a former co-chair representative of The PACT (a UN global network of youth led and youth serving organizations in public health), he led United Nations advocacy efforts, program evaluation, networking, fundraising, and capacity building activities, with the goal to ensure more meaningful engagement of young people in high-level public health conversations. With the rising rates of homophobic violence in Nigeria, Oliver fled to the U.S. in 2012 where he won political asylum, and has since lent his voice to promote immigrant rights in the U.S. Oliver is pursuing an advanced degree in International Relations at The New School, New York.

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