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 Director for Africa and Middle East Obenson grew the organization from 15 countries to 29
countries and doubled the membership in five years. He led the organizations to new frontiers
extending the JCI Philosophy to the Middle East specifically in Syria, Lebanon and Jordan.
As Executive Director Obenson led the organization through the development and adoption
two strategic plans that reformulated the mission and visions of the organization, developed a
long term strategic positioning over a 30-year period and transformed the focus of the
organization from membership numbers to impact. In leading and implementing strategy
Obenson led the development of the Active Citizen Framework, a concept that is now used in
over 100 countries by thousands of young people to run projects that address societal needs.
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 likeminded
organizations including JCI partners, such as the United Nations and its Agencies, the
International Chamber of Commerce, other non- governmental organizations and multinational
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.
In capacity of Secretary General, Obenson has led the creation of the Global Youth
Empowerment Fund, a fund that support the works of young people around the world who are
working to implement the sustainable development, led the global campaign for peace called
the Peace Is Possible Campaign, culminating in and International Summit on Peace. Under his
leadership JCI is now positioned as a global player in implementing the Global Goals for
Sustainable Development Goals.