Our Alumni Network

Building Vibrant Communities

ALA provides young leaders with life-long access to powerful networks, support, and opportunities that will accelerate their impact and leadership journeys on the African continent.

3,200

young leaders in the network, from 57 countries

1,600

young leaders connected with jobs and internships since 2010

86%

of our earliest graduates are currently engaged in work and projects in Africa

Our Alumni Network

Connecting alumni to each other, ALA, Africa, and the world at large.

At ALA, we believe that transformative leadership takes years to develop, and we remain committed to supporting our students even after they graduate and leave the Academy. We provide ongoing support and engagement as they transition to university, launch ventures, start careers, and pursue their goals beyond the Academy walls.

Our support services include mental health assistance, community building initiatives, and connections to different resources. We are dedicated to serving as a bridge between alumni and the resources they need to succeed, regardless of where they are in their life journey.

Early Career Success

ALA’s Early Career Success team is dedicated to connecting young leaders in our network to meaningful professional development opportunities to accelerate their career pathways and increase their social capital.

Our flagship offering, the Professional Development Program, aims to equip young leaders with key professional and social skills that enhance their impact in their jobs and internships. This program includes online modules, coaching, and “Barazas,” which are intensive workshops that develop all aspects of career readiness.

The Africa Careers Network (ACN) Portal is a web portal that connects young leaders to transformative early career opportunities, including internships and jobs, that accelerate their skills development and impact their career journeys. Through ACN, ALA has collaborated with over 1,000 employer partners and placed over 5,000 young leaders into internships and jobs in Africa and abroad.

Sector Communities

Connecting our community for impact

At ALA, we believe that intentional, organized groups of people can harness the power of connections to achieve greater impact in their work. That is why we have created six sector communities that drive this agenda. Each community provides an ecosystem that enables network members (alumni, thought-leaders, and established changemakers) to connect to each other, share ideas, and collaborate on initiatives that drive meaningful impact in their respective sectors.

AL for Agribusiness

AL for Agribusiness supports and develops young leaders who contribute to transforming the agriculture sector in Africa.

Catherine Nalukwago: Increasing accessibility to organic foods in urban communities

Emmanuel Mushy: Driving social change through art

AL for the Arts

AL for the Arts accelerates African cultural and creative economy by supporting young leaders, fostering skill development, promoting work sharing, and facilitating industry engagement.

AL for Education

AL for Education is dedicated to fostering excellence in African education and improving learning outcomes for African children.

Deborah Alongi Using Education To Build Communities In Kinshasa, DRC

Cornelia Kruah-Togba : Breaking boundaries as a public servant and advocate for youth and women’s empowerment

AL for Governance

AL for Governance aims to address Africa’s governance and development challenges by developing a new generation of ethical public leaders.

AL for Health

AL for Health connects young leaders in the healthcare sector by providing high-impact internships, upskilling opportunities, and exposure to key constraints and solutions.

Johnson Thomson Daniel : Digitizing the pharmaceutical supply chain

Edgar Edmund Tarimo: Transforming plastic waste into affordable and durable building products

AL for Infrastructure

AL for Infrastructure aims to enhance young leaders’ participation in finding sustainable and technology-driven solutions towards infrastructure that is resilient, inclusive, and minimizes the impacts of climate change.

Meet our Networks Staff

Val Wiggett

Senior Director, Career Programs
South Africa

Jomo Erick

Sector Lead, Infrastructure
Kenya

Amanda Chembezi

Senior Program Manager – Governance and Arts
Botswana

Elsie Adeya

Senior Program Associate – AL for Education
Kenya