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Nchang Tchofor ’18 (Cameroon) named Future Nobel Laureate Scholar

ALA alumnus Nchang Tchofor ’18 has been recognized as a Future Nobel Laureate Scholar by The Nobel Prize Museum and EF Education First. This...

Taalu 2023: Celebrating Diversity

On September 15th, the Academy was filled with color, vibrancy, and music as we officially welcomed members of the Class of 2023 at the...

Alumni Return to Mentor and Inspire the Next Generation of African Leaders

In ALA 2023, ALA's current strategic plan, we outlined that we hoped to 'alumnify the core,' bringing alumni back to ALA to work and...

Introducing Derek Smith: ALA’s Sixth Dean of the Academy

After a thorough global search process, Derek Smith has been appointed as the sixth Dean of the African Leadership Academy (ALA). He brings a...

Welcoming Excellence: Meet ALA’s Class of 2023

We're thrilled to introduce some remarkable members of the ALA Class of 2023. This class consists of 125 young people from 34 countries. They...

Alumna Linda Dounia Rebeiz ’10 (Senegal) Earns Coveted Spot on TIME’s 100 Most Influential People in AI List

Linda Dounia Rebeiz ’10 (Senegal) is a passionate artist who is committed to championing diversity in the rapidly evolving field of AI. Linda’s work...

Anzisha Prize Unveils Four Grand Prize Winners, Each Awarded $10,000 for Outstanding Achievements 

The Anzisha Prize, a three-year fellowship program supporting young African entrepreneurs, proudly announces the four grand prize winners at the Anzisha Prize Gala Awards....

Nurturing Excellence: Celebrating the ALA Class of 2021

In the heart of Africa's inspiring journey toward transformation stands a beacon of hope and empowerment: the African Leadership Academy (ALA). At the forefront...

ALA Celebrates the Class of 2021

On June 15th, 2023, ALA celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2021, filling the campus with overflowing joy. We bid farewell to these...

Annual Reports


Fostering Tomorrow's Leaders: ALA's Student Leaders in Action

Leadership at ALA goes beyond academics. ALA students learn that leadership is a continuous process of learning, adapting, and inspiring positive change. Meet Bohlokoa, Michael, and Abderraouf - three ALA students who provide leadership in the dormitories as resident advisors, support their fellow students through the challenges of the ALA academic program, and serve the broader student body through their roles in student government.

Discover Seminal Readings at ALA

Three times a year, the Academy community participates in a school-wide reading, writing, and discussion exercise known as Seminal Readings. Over the course of one week, all regular classes pause, and groups focus entirely on reading and discussing seminal texts. This exercise provides an opportunity for the Academy to engage with issues of enduring complexity and importance

Asking ALA Alumni: "Why did you come back?"

In ALA 2023, we explicitly talk about bringing our alumni “DNA” back to the core of ALA. In 2018, we had 4 alumni on staff and aspired to have 10 alumni working at ALA by 2023. During the 2022-2023 academic year, we had 13 alumni on staff (~8% of our staffulty!). Whether it is Natalia Sikombe ’12, Nandi Mgwaba ’12, or Deepshikha Parmessur ‘13 teaching Entrepreneurial Leadership, or Thandie Ramme ’14 keeping alumni connected to the magic of ALA through the ALA Quad social media pages, alumni are increasingly returning and making ALA an important step in their professional careers.

ALA Celebrates the Class of 2021

On June 15th, 2023, ALA celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2021. We bid farewell to these extraordinary young leaders who have left an indelible mark on ALA, guided by the African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Each graduate’s success at ALA symbolized personal growth and an unwavering commitment to collaborative action, community engagement, and the pursuit of positive change in Africa and beyond.