Eddy Oketch

Founder of Peace for African and Economic Development (PAD)

  • Eddy was born as the seventh child in a struggling family of eight siblings and grew up in my underdeveloped village of Mang’ong’o in Migori District of Kenya.
  • After his mother’s death, Eddy was forced to drop out of school to provide for his younger siblings, working side jobs including working on tobacco farms, in backstreet canteens as a dish-washer and as a garbage collector, earning meager wages so that he could buy food for his family
  • In response to the post-election violence that broke out in Kenya in 2008, Eddy founded Peace for African and Economic Development (PAD) mobilizing 11,000 youth ambassadors to foster peace.
  • Eddie’s remarkable leadership story earned him a place in ALA’s inaugural class. While at ALA, Eddie continued to develop PAD, leveraging off the leadership skills and networks that were being nurtured at ALA
  • In his gap year after graduating from ALA, he continued to work on PAD, launching a mobile phone campaign, holding unity concerts, convincing politicians to make public declarations, and ultimately bringing together 350,000 youth and engaging 5 million voters in Kenya in PAD’s message for peace.
  • Eddy has participated in leading conferences around the globe including the World Economic Forum, the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative, and the G8 Summit, where he was a panel leader.
  • He is currently pursuing a Master’s degree at Yale’s Institute for Global Affairs
Eddy with ALA founders Fred Swaniker and Chris Bradford

Eddy with ALA founders Fred Swaniker and Chris Bradford

Related Links

Eddy Oketch featured in Standard Media News, Kenya (2012)


Video of G8 Symposium Panel, Food Security/Nutrition, moderated by Eddy Oketch


G8 Symposium Panel, Food Security/Nutrition – Trinity College press release (2012)


ALA Video interview with Eddie Oketch, 2014