Fredrick currently serves as the Co-Chief Executive & Transformation Officer at ADD International and he is also the founder of Riziki Source, a social enterprise that facilitates access to job opportunities for persons with disabilities leveraging the power of technology. His work looks at issues of inequalities that persons with disabilities face in Kenya and beyond.
He was previously a program officer for disability rights program at Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa, disability inclusion advisor for Kenya, Light for the World Netherlands and formerly a founding executive director of Action Network for the Disabled for 15 years, a national disabled person’ organization in Kenya working to improve life prospects of children and youth with disabilities in Kenya through education and sustainable livelihood initiatives.
He was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2012 for his work around issues of employment for persons with disabilities in Kenya and his mobile application innovation that connects the disabled to job opportunities was shortlisted in 2016/2017 for the Africa Prize for Engineering Innovations. Fredrick previously advised Disability Rights Fund based in Boston for 8 years bringing on-board issues of youth with disabilities from Eastern Africa and aligning their grant-making to the needs of persons with disabilities and their organizations.
He has a BA in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Nairobi, a certificate in Social Innovation Management from Amani Institute.
I faced inequality as an individual living with a disability and was motivated to do something about the same to ensure that our country becomes a better place where persons with disabilities are treated in the same way as the rest of the country. A future where everyone, irrespective of their disability, has the same rights as anybody in the world is the legacy I am committed to, this Fellowship provides a seed for this ambition.
Fredrick Ouko Alucheli