Social Impact

African Leadership Academy

About African Leadership Academy

On a mission to transform Africa, the African Leadership Academy is a residential secondary institution that identifies and nurtures the next generation of leaders. It was founded in 2004 (with the academy officially opening four years later), teaching 16 to 19 year-olds an interdisciplinary curriculum that includes African Studies and Entrepreneurial Leadership.

It was established in response to poor leadership across the continent and the fact that many African parents were sending their children abroad to receive a world-class education. In addition to offering a core curriculum, the academy creates opportunities to practice leadership and entrepreneurial skills through simulation and project-based learning.

The African Leadership Academy’s goal is to develop a powerful network of leaders that will work together to achieve extraordinary social impact and accelerate Africa’s growth trajectory. Today, their alumni are spread across more than 45 countries and working on projects that include health care provision, hunger eradication and conflict resolution.
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  • 51-100 Employees
  • Johannesburg, South Africa Location

Overview of Social Impact @ African Leadership Academy

Africa Leadership Academy (ALA) is looking for mission-driven people to join their effort of becoming the leading network of Africa's next leaders. They believe raising conscious leaders in the public and private sectors can have the greatest impact in transforming the continent and capitalizing on all of its opportunities. Projects range across different initiatives at ALA, from strategy to growth and business development.


Mission Statement

African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa by developing its future leaders.

Team @ African Leadership Academy

Social Impact

Born in Ghana but having lived and worked in almost 10 countries across Africa, Fred Swaniker was deeply concerned about the extent to which the African continent was suffering as a result of poor leadership. He also discovered that some African parents were paying extremely high school fees to send their children abroad. He envisioned a world-class academic institution on the African continent where the most outstanding young students can develop into leaders who are passionate about the continent and eager to make an impact. Fred shared his concept with friends, among them co-founders Peter Mombaur and Acha Leke, who agreed to provide the initial financial backing.

It wasn’t until later when Fred went to Stanford Graduate School of Business where Fred met Chris Bradford that the concept for African Leadership Academy came to fruition. Chris had developed a keen interest in the design of educational institutions, and in their potential to shape societies, and both he and Fred shared a unified dream of transforming a country’s leadership landscape by transforming educational systems.

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