The ALA Experience

Africa’s greatest need is ethical and entrepreneurial leadership

The African Leadership Academy is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. 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.



Africa’s future will be shaped by young people who commit each day to think differently, to break boundaries, and to do hard things. Where expectations are low, mediocrity thrives. But we must not simply set higher expectations. We must redefine our expectations entirely, recognizing that the opportunities and possibilities in Africa are limited only by our own imagination and commitment.

At ALA, we believe that young people can dream big, take action and change the world.


African Leadership Academy has attracted a diverse group of staff, faculty (“staffulty”), and board members. These dedicated professionals and global change-makers create a world-class team that furthers our mission of transforming the African continent through a powerful network of young leaders. Follow the links below to learn more about the individuals who share our passion for Africa and her youth.