Two ALA alumni, Hossam Hamdy Abdelfatah ’13 (Egypt) and Souleymane Diallo ’18 (Guinea), have been named Schwarzman Scholars. They join the ninth cohort of Schwarzman Scholars, commencing their studies in 2024.
The Schwarzman Scholars program offers a unique opportunity for individuals with exceptional leadership potential to pursue a Master of Global Affairs degree program at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. This year, 150 scholars were chosen from a pool of over 4,000 applicants.
Hossam Hamdy Abdelfatah ’13 (Egypt)
Hossam has showcased exceptional leadership and entrepreneurship from a young age. At just 14, he raised over $15,000 for his youth-led pollution cleanup organization and mobilized peers through Scouts 4 Peace. At ALA, Hossam spearheaded the first on-campus TEDx and managed communications for Model African Union. After graduating from African Leadership College in Mauritius with a Business Management degree, Hossam co-founded the investing app Bona Invest to increase wealth literacy across Africa. Hossam also launched EgyBuild to provide entrepreneur training for underprivileged Egyptian youth.
Souleymane Diallo ’18 (Guinea)
Souleymane has a remarkable track record of leadership and achievements. Prior to ALA, he excelled as the Local Coordinator of the Federation of English Clubs in Cote d’Ivoire and won the National Competition of Public Speaking for high schools. At ALA, Souleymane held key positions such as Head of Administration for the Assembly & Cultural Events Team and served as an Ambassador for News-Decoder. Currently a senior at the University of Rochester studying International Relations, Souleymane co-founded the Guinean Young Leaders Initiative, empowering promising young leaders through ethical and entrepreneurial education, and Fikia, a virtual work experience and career platform for African students.
With their selection, Hossam and Souleymane become the 7th and 8th ALA alumni to become Schwarzman Scholars since 2016.