Agnes Igoye

Gender | Uganda

2018 New Voices Fellow


Displaced at 14, Agnes flee the Lord’s Resistance Army when they raided her village in search of virgins. Today she is the Regional Migration Expert at Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) eight Member States (Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Kenya, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Uganda). Prior, Agnes served as Commandant Uganda Immigration Training Academy and as Uganda’s Deputy National Coordinator Prevention of Trafficking in Persons. She has represented Uganda in several regional inter-governmental committees on migration, peace and security and was one of Uganda’s negotiators to the Protocol on free movement of Persons in the IGAD region.

Agnes contributes to teach an online Child Protection Course at FXB Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard University. She is a mentor at Clinton Global Initiative University; The founder, Young Professional Mentorship Program and The Dream Revival Center serving survivors of human trafficking. Agnes sits on various boards including The International Center for Research and Women and the Global Livingstone Institute.

A Senior Aspen New Voices Fellow, Agnes is a sought-after speaker and her work/opinion pieces have been published internationally including by, World Policy journal, Thomson Reuters, BBC, The Harvard Gazette, The Atlantic, Chime for Change, Project Syndicate and Inter press Service News Agency. Her article ‘Migration and Immigration: Uganda and the COVID-19 Pandemic’: received the Public Integrity, Journal of the American Society for Public Administration article of the year 2020 award. She co-authored a book ‘Listen. Think. Act: Lessons and Perspectives in Community Development’ a flag ship text book for the Global Classroom Program at the Global Livingstone Institute.

One of New African Magazine’ 100 most influential Africans in 2015, Agnes is a recipient of several awards including the Diane Von Furstenberg (DVF) International Award; The Josephine S. Vernon award from Harvard Kennedy School; University of Minnesota’s Distinguished Leadership Award for Internationals; Global Freedom Exchange Award from Vital Voices and Hilton Worldwide Global Partnership and the 2017 Clinton Global Initiative University Alumni Honor Roll from President Clinton and Chelsea Clinton.

Agnes is a Harvard Kennedy School Mid-Career Master in Public Administration graduate. A 2020/11 Fulbright/Hubert Humphrey Fellow (University of Minnesota) and studied Forced Migration at the University of Oxford. Agnes obtained an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences and a Master’s degree in Sociology at Makerere University.”