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Valentino Achak Deng

Surviving Lost Boy of Sudan, Co-Founder of the VAD Foundation, & Author of "What is the What"

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 Valentino Achak Deng Biography

Valentino was born in southern Sudan (now South Sudan), in the village of Marial Bai. He was seven or eight years old when he fled the civil-war stricken Sudan in the late 1980s during the second Sudanese civil war, when his village was destroyed by murahaleen—the same type of militia that currently terrorizes the Darfur region of Sudan.

Deng spent nine years in Ethiopian and Kenyan refugee camps, where he worked for the UNHCR as a social advocate and reproductive health educator. He walked to Ethiopia with 30,000 children but was forced to flee again to a refugee camp in Kenya, one of only 10,000 children to survive the journey. In 2001, he resettled to Atlanta, GA, one of the last lost boys allowed out.

Deng has toured the United States speaking about his life in South Sudan, his experience as a refugee, and his collaboration with author Dave Eggers on What Is the What, the novelized version of Deng’s life story. As a leader in the South Sudanese diaspora, Deng advocates for the universal right to education.

In 2006, Deng and Eggers established the VAD Foundation to help rebuild South Sudanese communities by increasing educational access. In 2015, he was the Minister of Education for Northern Bahr el Ghazal and oversaw more than 800 state-run schools in addition. Now, in addition to running the VAD Foundation's secondary school (Marial Bai Secondary School), Valentino is the Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Black Rhino (The Blackstone Group).

He is a highly requested speaker at schools and colleges, churches, civic originations, and religious institutions, sharing a message of character, perseverance, faith, and hope. He was also featured on CNN’s Inside Africa.

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Dave Eggers Lecture

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What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng

What Is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng

Speaking Topics
  • What Is the What: An Evening with Valentino Achak Deng

    With perspective and humor, Valentino Deng uses his extraordinary life to illuminate the lives, and the struggles, of millions. With storytelling grace, he takes you from the senseless tragedies of his early life (civil war in Sudan, refugee camps in Kenya) to his time in America to the hard-won triumphs of today (the opening of the Marial Bai secondary school). The powerful story that emerges is a testament to both the senselessness of war and the resilience of the human body and mind. Deng is a speaker of bottomless compassion, and of hope and integrity—a man whose unforgettable life has humbled and enlightened thousands around the world.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Valentino Achak Deng for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Valentino Achak Deng for your next private or corporate function.
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Valentino Achak Deng

Surviving Lost Boy of Sudan, Co-Founder of the VAD Foundation, & Author of "What is the What"

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Valentino Achak Deng Biography

Valentino was born in southern Sudan (now South Sudan), in the village of Marial Bai. He was seven or eight years old when he fled the civil-war stricken Sudan in the late 1980s during the second Sudanese civil war, when his village was destroyed by murahaleen—the same type of militia that currently terrorizes the Darfur region of Sudan.

Deng spent nine years in Ethiopian and Kenyan refugee camps, where he worked for the UNHCR as a social advocate and reproductive health educator. He walked to Ethiopia with 30,000 children but was forced to flee again to a refugee camp in Kenya, one of only 10,000 children to survive the journey. In 2001, he resettled to Atlanta, GA, one of the last lost boys allowed out.

Deng has toured the United States speaking about his life in South Sudan, his experience as a refugee, and his collaboration with author Dave Eggers on What Is the What, the novelized version of Deng’s life story. As a leader in the South Sudanese diaspora, Deng advocates for the universal right to education.

In 2006, Deng and Eggers established the VAD Foundation to help rebuild South Sudanese communities by increasing educational access. In 2015, he was the Minister of Education for Northern Bahr el Ghazal and oversaw more than 800 state-run schools in addition. Now, in addition to running the VAD Foundation's secondary school (Marial Bai Secondary School), Valentino is the Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility for Black Rhino (The Blackstone Group).

He is a highly requested speaker at schools and colleges, churches, civic originations, and religious institutions, sharing a message of character, perseverance, faith, and hope. He was also featured on CNN’s Inside Africa.

Valentino Achak Deng Videos

  • Valentino Achak Deng - "What is the What" - YouTube
    Nov 30, 2015 ... Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other children, the so-called Lost Boys, was forced to leave his village in Sudan...
  • Hope and impediments | Valentino Achak Deng | TEDxBerlin ...
  • Keynote: Valentino Achak Deng & Dave Eggers (CGI 2011) - YouTube
    Oct 25, 2011 ... Valentino Achak Deng, Founder and Director, The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, and Dave Eggers, Author; Co-founder, The Valentino...

Valentino Achak Deng Books

Valentino Achak Deng Speaking Topics

  • What Is the What: An Evening with Valentino Achak Deng

    With perspective and humor, Valentino Deng uses his extraordinary life to illuminate the lives, and the struggles, of millions. With storytelling grace, he takes you from the senseless tragedies of his early life (civil war in Sudan, refugee camps in Kenya) to his time in America to the hard-won triumphs of today (the opening of the Marial Bai secondary school). The powerful story that emerges is a testament to both the senselessness of war and the resilience of the human body and mind. Deng is a speaker of bottomless compassion, and of hope and integrity—a man whose unforgettable life has humbled and enlightened thousands around the world.

FAQs on booking Valentino Achak Deng

  • How to book Valentino Achak Deng?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Valentino Achak Deng for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Valentino Achak Deng, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Valentino Achak Deng or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Valentino Achak Deng?

    Booking fees for Valentino Achak Deng, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Valentino Achak Deng, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Valentino Achak Deng?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Valentino Achak Deng for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Valentino Achak Deng for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Valentino Achak Deng or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Valentino Achak Deng or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Valentino Achak Deng is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Valentino Achak Deng for your event is available upon request. Valentino Achak Deng generally travels from Atlanta, GA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Debra Peppers, Preston Keith Fox, Paul Carrillo, Montel Williams and Heath Calhoun. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Valentino Achak Deng for an upcoming live or virtual event.

Valentino Achak Deng Speaker Videos

  • Valentino Achak Deng - "What is the What" - YouTube
    Nov 30, 2015 ... Valentino Achak Deng who, along with thousands of other children, the so-called Lost Boys, was forced to leave his village in Sudan as a young boy and trek h...
    Hope and impediments | Valentino Achak Deng | TEDxBerlin ...
  • Keynote: Valentino Achak Deng & Dave Eggers (CGI 2011) - YouTube
    Oct 25, 2011 ... Valentino Achak Deng, Founder and Director, The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation, and Dave Eggers, Author; Co-founder, The Valentino Achak Deng Foundation and...
    Dave Eggers Lecture
    Apr 29, 2009 ... The 2009 selection for One Book One Marin is Dave Eggers highly-acclaimed novel What is the What: The Autobiography of Valentino Achak Deng. This story of the lost boys of the Sudan...
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Valentino Achak Deng Speaking Topics

  • What Is the What: An Evening with Valentino Achak Deng

    With perspective and humor, Valentino Deng uses his extraordinary life to illuminate the lives, and the struggles, of millions. With storytelling grace, he takes you from the senseless tragedies of his early life (civil war in Sudan, refugee camps in Kenya) to his time in America to the hard-won triumphs of today (the opening of the Marial Bai secondary school). The powerful story that emerges is a testament to both the senselessness of war and the resilience of the human body and mind. Deng is a speaker of bottomless compassion, and of hope and integrity—a man whose unforgettable life has humbled and enlightened thousands around the world.

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