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Beauclaire Mbanya (’14) Receives $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace Grant

Junior Beauclaire Mbanya (’14), currently studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester, was recently awarded a Davis Project for Peace grant for his program “Togetherness for Peace”, which he hosted in his hometown of Douala, Cameroon.


Anzisha Prize Announces the Top 20 Young African Entrepreneurs for 2019

After months of searching the African continent, the Anzisha Prize has unveiled its top 20 finalists for 2019. The winner will be announced at the ninth annual Anzisha Prize Forum on 22nd October in Johannesburg, South Africa.


ALA’s Africa Careers Network Trains Teachers Across the Continent

How do you equip young students from across the African continent in order for them to fast track their career trajectories for maximum impact? Train the Trainer, a pilot program born out of a partnership between ALA’s Africa Careers Network (ACN) and the Mastercard Foundation, sought to find this out.

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Deborah Alongi (’14): Using Education to Build Communities in Kinshasa, DRC

When ALA alumnus Deborah Alongi (’14) boarded a plane home to Kinshasa after completing her two-year diploma at African Leadership Academy, she was not sure what awaited her as she…


Tiassa Mutunkei (’18) Advocates for Wildlife at the 2019 NEWF Congress

African Leadership Academy second year student and #Teens4Wildlife founder, Tiassa Mutunkei (18), spoke passionately about ending the illegal wildlife trade at the 2019 Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF)…


Tanatsei Gambura (’17) Wins Prestigious Diana Award for Social Impact Work

ALA alumnus Tanatsei Gambura (’17) was recently named a Diana Award recipient for her crucial work with 25 May Movement – a creative collective that she founded at the age…


Three ALA Students Facilitate Workshops at the Global Leadership Summit

In July, four members of the ALA community facilitated leadership workshops at the Global Leadership Summit in Davos, Switzerland, continuing a productive four year relationship with the Education First Educational…

Designing the Future of Secondary Schools in Africa: Thoughts from the ADEA Policy Dialogue

By Josh Adler How teens transition directly to work or incomeIt’s rational, but what stands in the way? The Association for the Development of Education in Africa convened for the…


How to Deliver an Award-Winning Business Pitch: Insights from TEF 2019

Fresh from serving as a judge at the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Forum 2019, Aaron Fu, Venture Partner for the Anzisha Young Entrepreneurs Fund, shares insights on how to…


ALA Hosts Education and Health Sector Gatherings in Kenya and Rwanda

In June and July, members of the ALA network convened in Kenya and Rwanda, connecting people and ideas around two of Africa’s greatest opportunities: imagining the future of education and…


2019 Global Scholars Program Welcomes Young Leaders from 20 Countries

Now in its ninth season of delivering a transformative experiential learning experience in self-awareness, service learning and social impact to scholars across the globe, the ALA Global Scholars Program is much more than just a holiday program. This year, we welcome more than 150 young leaders from 20 countries to participate in five distinct GSP sessions between June 24th and August 15th.

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ALA Invests in Early Career Transitions at 2019 Professional Development Barazas

During the month of July, Africa Careers Network hosted two successful professional development conferences, called “Barazas”, in South Africa and Uganda, welcoming participants from 18 countries in the ALA alumni network and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program network.


Iminza Mbwaya (’12) Selected as Student Graduation Speaker at IE University

“Everything that marks our reality was once the dream of a pioneering mind, gradually realized through deliberate effort” – Iminza Mbwaya

ALA’s “Do Something Cool” Featured on Ted Dintersmith’s Innovation Playlist

DSC was established around a single purpose: that all entrepreneurial leaders should demonstrate the capacity for self-directed learning and creation

ALA Hosts 2019 Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Program

After a successful inaugural session in 2018, the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa program returned to the ALA campus in Johannesburg, welcoming 200 emerging leaders from 45 countries across the continent, including ALA’s Marvin Tarawally (’11) from Liberia.


Meet the Entrepreneur Educating Refugees: Ntakamaze Nziyonvira

As part of the Anzisha Education Accelerator Program, ALA has provided a professional development opportunity to a cohort of education entrepreneurs from the ALA alumni network and graduates from the…

Meet ALA Class of 2018: John Ewotu

“My first year here (at ALA) has been full of challenges and growth opportunities.” Young entrepreneur, John Ewotu from Uganda recently returned from Boston where he attended the Junior Achievement…

Former Refugee Defies the Odds and Graduates as an Industrial Engineer

After 20 years as a refugee, African Leadership Academy (ALA) alumnus Jeanbat Busisi, celebrates graduating as an Industrial Engineer from Arizona State University. His journey has inspired many to continue…

Eddie Ndopu Joins the UN Sustainable Development Goals Advocates

ALA alumnus, Eddie Ndopu (Class of 2008) has been appointed by the United Nations Secretary General as one of 17 high-profile Sustainable Development Goals Advocates, alongside two other long-term ALA…

Oluwafikemi Aiyepeku (’17) Wins Global Online Academy’s Catalyst for Change Prize

Fikemi Aiyepeku, a Nigerian 2nd year student at ALA was one of ten students selected from more than 500 presenters to receive the Catalyst for Change Prize for her project,…