“Gilbert is a natural motivator, with a passion for life that is infectious. His experiences and outlook leave audiences with a better understanding of a purposeful life and the true meaning of success."

Gary Keller, Co-founder and Chairman of the Board, Keller Williams Realty, Inc.

"'You must be the force of change!' he told the audience. For once, the oft-told advice didn’t sound trite. It may have been the best talk of the day...."

  • Omar L. Gallaga
  • Technology Culture reporter, Austin American-Statesman

"Gilbert blew folks away…..the courage and creativity with which he shared his story were so inspiring for me personally to witness."

  • Nancy Giordano
  • TEDxAustin Licensee

"It was an honor for the Human Rights Foundation to have Gilbert Tuhabonye join us in Norway and inspire the Oslo Freedom Forum's community of dissidents, innovators, and leaders with his incredible story of resilience, suffering, and survival. Gilbert’s harrowing firsthand account serves as crucial testimony to the horror of the Burundian genocide. By telling his remarkable story, he shined a light in the darkness, leaving an indelible mark on our audience. Aside from being an unforgettable speaker and an accomplished professional, Gilbert is a wonderfully warm and humble man to know personally. My admiration for Gilbert, as a walking testament to the triumph of the human spirit in the face of adversity, is profound."

Thor Halvorssen, Founder and CEO of the Oslo Freedom Forum