Clemantine is many things: a storyteller, public speaker, social entrepreneur and human rights advocate. Born in Kigali, Rwanda, displaced by conflicts, Clemantine migrated throughout seven African countries during her childhood. Eventually she was granted asylum in the United States and went on to receive her BA in Comparative Literature from Yale University. She appeared as a guest on The Oprah Show four times and was reappointed to serve on the board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum by President Obama in 2016.
She shares her stories of adversity and seized opportunities as a way to reframe the way her audiences think, whether it be about their own privilege or basic human rights. Clemantine strives to catalyze development personally, locally and globally. Though still a nomad, she is currently based out of San Francisco where she is writing her first book, The Girl Who Smiled Beads, which is forthcoming (Crown Publishing, Spring 2018).