About Us

Africa’s greatest need is ethical and entrepreneurial leadership

The African Leadership Academy, located in Johannesburg, South Africa, offers a suite of educational programs for young leaders. We seek to develop Africa’s next generation of leaders who are ethical and entrepreneurial.

Each year, we identify exceptional young leaders from across Africa with demonstrated leadership potential and a strong sense of purpose. Through our unique curriculum, these young leaders develop the skills, mindset, and network to contribute to our mission of enabling lasting peace and shared prosperity in Africa. We continue to accelerate these leaders throughout their lives, with connections to careers and networks of people and capital that will enable their dreams of transformational change.

ALA teaches a two-year curriculum in African Studies, Writing and Rhetoric and Entrepreneurial Leadership, as well as the usual core academic courses. We have accepted students and alumni from 46 African countries since founding in September 2008 into our growing community.

The ALA Difference



We comb Africa for youth who show the spark of initiative; who see what can be and strive to make it so.



Young leaders complete an intensive program of intellectual growth and hands-on leadership development.



Young leaders are guided by a powerful network along their path to create transformative change in Africa.

How African Leadership Academy Began

Our founders demonstrated ethical and entrepreneurial leadership to envision and drive the establishment of the African Leadership Academy.

ALA Impact

Our Impact

ALA’s growing network of young leaders is catalyzing transformative change on the African continent and beyond. Here is the next generation of ethical and entrepreneurial leaders.

ALA Campus

Our Campus

The ALA Campus is a beautiful space in Johannesburg. It includes dormitories, the auditorium, sports fields and more.

ALA 2023 Strategy

ALA's 2023 Strategy

ALA has evolved from an audacious idea to a thriving institution with a passionate, diverse, and committed community. As we look to the future, we are making careful strategic choices that build upon the successes of our first decade and position ALA to maximize its long-term impact on the continent.


The Alumni Experience

ALA provides alumni with life-long access to powerful networks, support and opportunities that will accelerate their impact and leadership journeys.


2022 Taalu ceremony

Taalu 2022: Let’s Tend to our Garden

The African Leadership Academy community welcomed the return of life to our campus and arrival of the Year 1s with one of our most anticipated celebrations of the calendar: our…