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Tanzanian Entrepreneur, Erick Laizer ’19 Develops Phone-Operated Smoke Detector and Security...

After noticing a big problem with fires, electric shocks, and house break-ins in his community in Arusha, Tanzania, first-year student Erick Simon Laizer '19...

Maxwell Simba ’19: From Nairobi to Johannesburg via Hollywood

Growing up in small agricultural town called Kitali in northern Rift Valley, Kenya, Maxwell Simba discovered from a young age that that he had...

The Power of Productive Internships: Okongo Kinyanjui ’14’s TED Journey

Okong’o Kinyanjui has a true passion for TED and the TED Fellows program. Originally from Kenya and currently in his final year of studies...

Noemi Duker ‘17 Wins Business Case Competition with Oberlin College

Speaking about her decision to participate in the competition, Noemi said, “I asked myself, ‘If I were not at ALA would I still have...

Mareme Dieng ’13 Combines College with Leadership Role in Silicon Valley

Mareme Dieng ’13 from Senegal, is combining a rigorous schedule as a college Senior with a prestigious role as Head of International Partnerships and...

Award-Winning Entrepreneur Amy Wanday ’15, Shaping the Future of Sports in...

“My mission in life is to ensure that no other African child with a love for sport feels like they cannot pursue it in...

Tafadzwa Matika ‘10 Leading Change through Public Health and Agriculture

Tafadzwa Matika ’10 always had a passion for pursuing a career in Public Health, but he could hardly imagine combining this journey with a...

Spencer Horne ’08’s Cloudline Soars to Quartz Africa Innovators List 2019

This past month has seen ALA alumnus Spencer Horne’s innovative logistics company, Cloudline, win big. The revolutionary startup not only earned Spencer a spot...

Júlia Agudogo ’11 Creates a Low-Cost Cervical Cancer Screening Tool

As a Biomedical Engineering student at Duke University, Júlia Sroda Agudogo '11 designed a low-cost non-invasive cervical screening tool for women, earning first place...

Liberia’s President Commissions Changemakers Village, Founded by Marvin Tarawally ’11 and...

Liberian President, George Weah emphasized the importance of education for Liberia’s development at the official launch of SMART Liberia's Changemakers Village earlier this year,...

Tapiwa Gambura ’18 announced as winner of the Jozi Film Festival

When ALA student Tapiwa Gambura purchased her very first camera in November 2018, she never imagined that less than a year later she would...

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...

Deepshikha Parmessur ’13 appointed Prime Minister of Mauritius National Youth Parliament

Deepshikha Parmessur ('13), was recently appointed Prime Minister at the Mauritius National Youth Parliament, becoming the first female holder of the office, and adding...