Meet the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellows [President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)].
The 500 Fellows in the 2015 cohort of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders are scheduled to commence their fellowships in mid-June 2015 in Washington, DC.
…Accomplished in both their careers and service to their communities, the Fellows are NGO leaders, technology innovators, healthcare professionals, farmers, entrepreneurs, human rights defenders, educators, government officials, and other inspirational young professionals making a difference in their countries. The Fellows are accessible through IREX’s online directory, searchable by name, country, or area of expertise.
Trailblazers in business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and public management, the Fellows represent 49 countries in Africa. Through intensive six-week academic and leadership training in one of 20 universities in the U.S., Fellows learn skills to become change-makers, creating innovative solutions for peace, security, good governance, and prosperity in their home communities.
Among this year’s Fellows are:
• Ejiro Sharon Okotie, a disability and women’s rights advocate from Nigeria who founded an NGO that gives vulnerable women and girls a voice through capacity-building and sexual and reproductive health rights training.
• Andrew Longwe, co-founder and CEO of Capital Financial Services, a youth microfinance program in Malawi, who is also an accomplished entrepreneur, business coach, and mentor.
• Israel Taye, a human rights lawyer from Ethiopia who is passionate about youth empowerment, sustainability, and environmental rights, and strives to promote youth voice through development forums across the continent.
• Thato Violet Mochone, an award-winning radio host from Lesotho who advocates for youth, women’s empowerment, and LGBT rights in her community while using journalism and radio as tools to promote social justice.
To learn more about the Fellows, visit the online directory. Profiles of the 2014 inaugural class of Fellows can also be searched and viewed through the directory.
Related work from The African Leadership and Progress Network (ALPN):
- “Making Leaders.” ALPN Founder/Director’s Letter to the Editor in The Economist
- The African Leadership Capacity Development Project: Developing Visionary and Transformational Leaderships for Faster African Progress
- Leadership and Governance Capacity Building in African Countries
- The Mo Ibrahim African Governance Index and Leadership Prize Revisited