Global Recognition

Since its inception in 2004, ALA’s innovative model for transforming Africa by identifying, developing and connecting its future leaders has been recognized on a global scale.

Awards and Accolades


June 2006

Co-Founders Fred Swaniker and Chris Bradford were named Echoing Green Fellows and described as two of the “15 best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world.”

August 2010

ALA Co-Founder, Fred Swaniker was invited as one of 115 young African leaders to the Inaugural Young African Leaders’ summit at the White House with President Obama.


February 2012

ALA was awarded the 2012 Siebel Scholars Impact Award, a program designed to inspire,

reward, and accelerate Siebel Scholars’ initiatives that demonstrate promise for significant societal change.

March 2012

ALA C0-Founder and Executive Chairman Fred Swaniker was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, an honor recognizing the most distinguished young leaders below age 40, nominated from around the world.


April 2012

Two teams of graduates from ALA’s inaugural class of 2008, won the $10,000 Kathryn Davis Projects for Peace Award for their projects in Kenya and Morocco; Jihad Hajjouji and Hafsa Anouar, were recognized for their National Entrepreneurial Challenge,” a 10-day summer camp to introduce the concept of entrepreneurship to Moroccan youth aged 16 to 19, and Benjamin Munyao and Joseph Munyambanza were recognized for their project, “Vijana Amkeni Sasa Initiative: Creating a Peaceful Society in Kenya.”

November 2013

ALA alumnus Joseph Munyambanza from the DRC won the Global Citizen Award from UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon for his work developing COBURWAS, an education and community development organization that serves refugee youth.


November 2014

ALA Anzisha Fellow Tom Osborn,(Kenya) and Founder of Greenchar, was named an Echoing Green 2014 Climate Fellow for his green energy initiative in Africa, and in 2015, made Forbes’ 2015 list of 30 Social Entrepreneurs under 30.

February 2015

A team of four ALA alumni at Rochester University, NY won the $10,000 Kathryn Davis Projects for Peace Award. Rose Mbaye and Mame Coumba Mbodji both from Senegal, Ben Ouattara from Burkina Faso and Eyram Adedze from Ghana were selected from over 127 entries for their project “New Beginnings for Child Beggars: Fostering Understanding and Stopping Abuse,” which aims to explore educational alternatives for children who are forced to work as beggars in Senegal.


March 2015

ALA alumnus Julius Shirima from Tanzania won the Commonwealth Youth Award – as the most impactful youth under the age of 29 from the 53 Commonwealth member states – for his work launching Darecha, a micro-venture capital fund and entrepreneur network in his home country.

April 2015

ALA alumnus, Ngor Majak Anyieth from South Sudan, was named a 2015 Dalai Lama Fellow for his project Build South Sudan, joining a cohort of young people from across the globe who will be using their US$10000 prize to make positive impact on their communities


ALA in the press

ALA Founder, Fred Swaniker, was profiled on CNN's African Voices. Fred discusses the state of education and leadership in Africa with Robyn Curnow.

An Enterprising Young Rabbit Entrepreneur Rises To The Top Of An African Entrepreneurship Contest

fastcompany2Laetitia Mukungu is a student at African Leadership Academy and one of the finalists for the 2012 Anzisha Prize. She was featured on Fast Company for her Entrepreneurial Project. See featured article here.

How the African Leadership Academy is Fighting the Continent’s Education Exodus

ALA alumni, Lennon Chimbumu featured on Fast Company. See story here.

Three Young Prize-Winning African Entrepreneurs To Watch

For the  second year running, the African Leadership Academy in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation hosted the Anzisha Prize, one of the few pan-African awards celebrating young entrepreneurs. See Forbes article here.

The 10 Youngest Power Men in Africa

Forbes-LogoFred Swaniker, Co-founder and CEO of African Leadership Academy, featured on Forbes as one of The 10 Youngest Power Men in Africa. See article here.

The Hogwarts for Entrepreneurs

A great and interesting feature on the work of African Leadership Academy, written by Deji Olukotun, who was an expert-in-residence here at ALA. See article here.

Making My Way Toward Success

huffington_post_logoA great blog post written by ALA student, Nokwanda Ramatheko. See her post here.

From South Sudan to Yale - By Nicholas D. Kristof.

New-York-Times-LOGOALA Graduate, Paul Lorem profiled in the New York Times. See his feature here.

Launching an American College Search from Africa, By Web and Word of Mouth -

Maimuna Abdi Yussuf, a Somali student at African Leadership Academy, is one of eight high school seniors around the world who are blogging about their college searches. See one of her blog posts here.

Does Race Still Matter in South Africa?

BBC-NEWS-logoALA student, Goodman Lepota was featured on BBC News Africa. He spoke about his views and experiences with race in post-Apartheid South Africa. See Goodman's feature here.

The Man Trying to Train Africa's Future Leaders

Fred Swaniker, CEO and Co-founder of African Leadership Academy, featured on BBC News. In his feature, Mr. Swaniker says that he beleives that many of Africa's predicaments boil down to a lack of adequate leadership. See BBC articlehere.

NPRFred Swaniker, CEO and Co-founder of African Leadership Academy was featured on NPR's  show   "From Scratch" See his interview here. 

African Leadership Academy was profiled on NPR’s Morning Edition - Africa School Teaches Ethical Leadership

It was captured during ALA's inaugural graduation and briefly profiles two graduates, Joseph Munyambaza and Edward Ndopu. See profile here.

Why Africa's Young Thinkers are Headed to Prestigious US colleges

Christian-Science-MonitorA profile on how African Leadership Academy is helping talented young Africans go to colleges like Harvard with the hope that the students will return to help drive Africa’s political and economic development.

ALA's Inaugural graduation was featured in the Toronto Star


“They have had a hand in changing national legislation in Kenya, built a school for refugees in Uganda and synthesized fuel from natural waste in South Africa — and they’re not even in university yet. Last month, they became the first graduates from the African Leadership Academy, which has drawn students from 33 African nations.” See article here.

ALA feature in Paris Match

imagesThe article, “Roots of the Future”, focuses principally on the lives and dreams of ALA students, and the manner in which they intend to effect change across Africa. See article in French here.