USIU-Africa alumnus, Douglas Owino gives career talk to students in the Senior Experience class

By the Alumni Relations Office

Dr. Veronicah Kaluyu together with the Alumni Office invited Mr. Douglas Owino to guide Senior students on career development. He gave his success story, belaboring the power of seizing opportunities and taking risks. The Placement and Career Services Office, represented by Maureen Ochola also gave a presentation on career development and personal branding.

Douglas Owino is a former recipient of the USIU-Africa Scholarship. He studied IBA Finance, graduating Cum Laude in 2012. While at USIU-Africa, he served as the electoral commissioner, one of the peer group leaders of the USAID- sponsored peer education program ‘I Choose Life’. He was also a member of the Resident Entertainment Committee. Douglas further pursued his MBA International Business in South Korea, on a Korean Government Scholarship, a scholarship he was awarded before his graduation in August 2012.

While in South Korea, he got short term assignment with National Institute of International Education (NIIED) under the Ministry of Education, he worked for Daejeon Support Center for Foreign Residents (formerly Daejeon International Centre), he was an elected leader of Kenyan Community in South Korea, and was very instrumental in facilitating and supporting three USIU-Africa GeMBA classes during their Global experience in South Korea.

Currently, Douglas is the Sub-Saharan African marketing manager for Australian based Curtin University, which has campuses in Singapore, Dubai, Malaysia, Mauritius, and Sri Lanka.

He is also the founder of, a web-based studies, careers, university scholarship advising platform used by more than 16,000 parents and students in more than 30 African countries. MyFutureApp has been nominated as the Best Newcomer 2023 (EduTech) for the 2023 Eastern Africa Startup Awards. Additionally, he founded ThinkGlobal.Africa to help students and young people identify the immerse opportunities to study, work, live, exchange and travel across the World. He is also the author of ‘How to Win & Retain A Scholarship’ a comprehensive guide for university scholarship applicants.

Douglas is now a notable speaker and trainer on global opportunities for young people. He has successfully assisted hundreds of students to get opportunities in many destinations in Africa, Australia, United States of America, Europe and Asia. He has been invited to speak at local and international events including EduTech Africa Conference (South Africa), St. Mary’s University (Texas, USA), UN Climate Change Conference (South Korea), EAY Summit -European Economic and Social Committee (Belgium), among others.

His work has been noted globally and received several local and international awards and recognitions including being a nominee of ‘Top 35 under 35 Kenya’ (Education category)- The Agenda Kenya, British Council Global Changemakers (Belgium), Top 30 Inspirational Young People in Africa under 30 years (Youth Village, South Africa). Indeed, Douglas has lived out the USIU-Africa slogan ‘Education to Take You Places’.

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