Global Soap Project Founder and CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights
In an extraordinary keynote that brought attendees at the sold-out 2016 ASAE (American Society of Association Executives) Meeting & Exposition to their feet, Derreck Kayongo energized thousands of association professionals with his compelling and courageous story of survival, discovery and humanitarianism. From a young Ugandan refugee to a successful entrepreneur, human rights activist and renowned global health expert, Kayongo galvanizes audiences to seize the power of observation to identify issues and effectively solve any challenge. With undeniable charm, palpable passion, and endearing wit, Kayongo brings his story and guiding principles, coined as S.E.L.F., standing for service, education, leadership and faith, to life in emotionally packed presentations that stay with you long after his closing remarks.
Kayongo is the founder of the Global Soap Project, which recycles partially used and discarded bars of soap from thousands of hotels and redistributes it to disadvantaged populations around the world. Since its founding in 2009, the Project has distributed soap to more than 90 countries where close to 2 million lives are claimed each year due to lack of proper hygiene.
Kayongo’s experience as a human rights activist, combined with his lifelong commitment to his work and notable rhetorical skills earned him his current role as the CEO at the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. Called a “living embodiment of the Center’s mission,” Kayongo is elevating the visibility of the Center and expanding its vision beyond its geography.
Recognized with a range of honors and awards for his activism, including as one of CNN’s Top 10 Heroes award in 2011, most recently Kayongo was selected by President Jimmy Carter to interview him as part of the National Archives’ Amending America Initiative.