Arrey Obenson serves as JCI Secretary General and comes to this position after serving as a JCI World Headquarters team member since February 2002. He has occupied various positions including Director for Africa and the Middle East, Executive Director for Growth and Development and Deputy Secretary General.
As JCI Secretary General, Obenson is the chief administrative officer leading the implementation of the organization’s overall strategy and supervises a team in accomplishing the mission of the organization across the world. Obenson also works in collaboration with like-minded organizations including JCI partners, such as the United Nations and its Agencies, the International Chamber of Commerce, other nongovernmental organizations and multinational corporations.
Obenson actively engages actors from all sectors of society – businesses, governments and the civil society to develop resources that create opportunities to empower young people to create positive change in their communities. As a firm believer that empowered young people can find solutions to the world biggest challenges he utilizes forward-thinking concepts like the JCI Active Citizen Framework, to inspire the realization of the JCI Mission. Obenson is a motivating and engaging speaker who is frequently invited to speak to audiences of varying sizes across world. He has spoken and engaged audiences in nearly 100 countries.
Prior to joining the JCI World Headquarters team, Obenson served as an Associate in a legal firm in Cameroon. He is a Barrister of Law and is currently a member of the Cameroon Bar Association. He holds a Master of Law degree from Washington University in Saint