Nyeleti Honwana is a leading scholar on youth, protest movements, and social change in Africa. Honwana is currently Inter-Regional Adviser on social development policy at the United Nations in New York. She has been a Centennial Professor and the Strategic Director of the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and the Chair in International Development at the Open University, UK.
Nyeleti Honwana is the co-founder of Global Black Youth, an organization that convenes the world’s most innovative, disruptive, and entrepreneurial young Black leaders and supports them in generating knowledge and solutions that transform their ability to impact the world. She is also a program officer and lead organizer of the Young African Scholars Program at the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation (HFG).
In 2020 she was among the inaugural cohort of professionals awarded the Equity in Philanthropy Fellowship by the Rockwood Leadership Institute. She holds a BA in Contemporary History from the University of Sussex, UK and an M.A. in International Affairs from Boston University.