Empowering African Changemakers: ALA Showcases Sustainable Solutions at the Skoll World Forum 

ALA’s recent participation in the Skoll World Forum at the University of Oxford provided an invaluable platform to discuss the current challenges and the sharing of innovative solutions by social entrepreneurs. During the forum, ALA organized an engaging event that highlighted its efforts in creating sustainable solutions for youth unemployment, climate change, governance, and other pressing issues in Africa. 

CEO Hatim Eltayeb delivered a moving speech, sharing his family’s educational journey in Sudan and how it fueled his commitment to nurturing the next generation of African leaders.  

ALA’s Chief Program Officer, Josh Adler, facilitated a thought-provoking conversation with a group of distinguished ALA alumni and fellows. The participants included: 

  • Beauclaire Mbanya ’14 (Cameroon): Beauclaire made history as the first Rhodes Scholar from Cameroon. He currently serves as an Analyst for Liberty Specialty Markets in London, where he contributes his expertise to the field of finance. 
  • Chukwuwezam Obanor: Chukwuwezam, an Anzisha fellow from Nigeria in 2014, now holds the position of Director of the Oxford Seed Fund. This student-led venture capital fund focuses on investing in early-stage startups founded by Oxford students, alumni, and researchers, providing crucial support for their growth. 
  • Kudzai Mbinda ’16 (Zimbabwe): Kudzai, a Rhodes Scholar, is actively pursuing a master’s degree in energy systems. His dedication to understanding and improving energy systems align with ALA’s mission to drive positive change in Africa. 
  • Aida Ndiaye ’09 (Senegal): Aida is an accomplished leader who currently spearheads Meta’s policy campaign strategy on integrity issues in Europe. She undertakes projects that help governments manage risks associated with innovation and maximize the benefits of technology for society. Recently, Aida also joined the African Leadership Foundation Board of Directors, further contributing her expertise to ALA. 

All the participants demonstrated the profound influence of ALA in shaping visionary leaders who are catalysts for positive change across the continent and beyond. 

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