Derreck Kayongo and his family fled a civil war in Uganda and settled in the U.S. when Kayongo was just ten years old. Now a successful entrepreneur and known as a business visionary, Kayongo is a expert in environmental sustainability and global health. Kayongo is the founder of the Global Soap Project, a program which takes donated, melted, purified and reprocessed hotel soap and redistributes it to vulnerable populations around the world.
Currently, thousands of hotels are members of the Global Soap Project recycling program in the United States, and active distribution exists in over 90 countries. A franchisee operation has opened a factory to reprocess soap called the soap cycling. Today the Global Soap Project’s distribution operation is active in 32 countries and has given away more than two million bars of soap to refugees, including people affected by humanitarian disasters like the devastating 2010 Haitian Earthquake.
Kayongo’s Global Soap Project has been designated for a Day of Recognition by the city of Atlanta on May 5th of each year as Global Soap Project Day. Global Soap recently partnered with Clean the World, to make an even more expansive and effective organization
On April 8th 2014, Kayongo was one of the elite TED TALK speakers at the esteemed Memminger Auditorium in Charleston, SC. . Kayongo is a graduate of the prestigious Fletcher school of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. In 2011, Kayongo was named a CNN Top 10 Hero for his work at alleviating sanitation issues across the globe.
As the current CEO of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Kayongo works to connect the American Civil Rights movement with today’s various global human rights movements. He was recently selected by United States President Jimmy Carter to be interviewed as part of the National Archives’ Amending America Initiative.