Nathaniel Dunigan

Ph.D. in Leadership Studies

Nathaniel Dunigan is the Founder of Aidchild, a largely self-sustained organization that cares for 3,000 children living with AIDS in Uganda, East Africa. He lived in rural Uganda for nine years before attending Harvard University where he completed a Master’s Degree in Education, specializing in Human Development and Psychology. He was also a Reynolds Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School, and winner of the 2010 Harvard HDP Marshal Award.

Nathaniel has testified before the United States Congress as an expert witness in the identification of best practices of care for orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. His love of cooking and of the arts led to the creation of several businesses under the Aidchild corporate label in Uganda. Aidchild’s Ten Tables restaurant was called the best in the nation by The Eye magazine, and Actress Emma Thompson called Aidchild’s Equation Café & Gallery, possibly the best shop on the planet. Before moving to Uganda, he served as Deputy Director of the Office of the Governor of Arizona.

At SOLES, Nathaniel is the Dammeyer Fellow in Global Education Leadership in the SOLES Global Center. His research is driven by a firm belief that real social change can only be achieved through a better understanding of human development.