Rachel Nyaradzo AdamsRachel Nyaradzo Adams


Harare, Zimbabwe

 

Occupational Information


Occupation: Leadership development and education

Occupational Position: Founder of Narachi Leadership

Professional History


Rachel is the founder of Narachi Leadership, a practice aimed at developing deep benches of leaders across Africa. Rachel has been coaching and developing high-impact leaders her entire professional career. Having trained and worked in top institutions across the world, including at McKinsey, Yale University, Allan Gray Orbis, and Newfield, Rachel understands the business of excellence in leadership intimately. Her ambition is to transform and empower African leaders with tools to accelerate their own development and that of their environments through training and coaching.

Her previous role was at Yale University, where she was Associate Director for Africa. She helped develop and implement the strategy for the university’s partnerships on the continent. Prior to that she was at McKinsey and Company where she was head of the McKinsey Leadership Program (MLP) which she co-designed, implemented and managed. She also has worked at Allan Gray Orbis Foundation where she was Regional Program Manager for leadership and entrepreneurship, Gauteng Region.

Rachel is a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, a Mellon Mays Fellow and a Felix Scholar. She is a recipient of the Mellon Mays Leadership and Service Award. She is an expert panellist for the Global Diversity Collegium. She also writes on various topics including race relations, culture, education and leadership and speaks on panels and events relevant to leadership development and education.

 

Qualifications


Masters of Science in African Studies, Oxford University (dissertation with distinction)
Honours degree in Social Anthropology, University of Cape Town (cum laude)
Bachelor of Social Science in Anthropology, Media and Writing (cum laude)

Programs


2011 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

Featured News

Peter Wilson
14 March 2017

The African Leadership Institute has a strong cohort of candidates for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  Amongst nearly 300 nominees from over 30 African countries, 26 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. Spanning various industries, representing eleven African countries and ranging from 29 to 39 years of age, the selected candidates demonstrate the wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.  The biographies of the 2017 candidates follows:

Norman Smit
02 March 2017

The United Nations has called attention to the wave of attacks in South Africa targeting foreigners living in the country. The attacks in South Africa have spawned calls for retaliation on South African businesses and nationals in Nigeria. The UN news site, the UN Dispatch, reports that youth groups have been the major drivers in this violence, and it goes on to quote an open letter by Ugandan youth leader and Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen. In his open letter, Ochen says that while the youth have been at the center of the attacks, they can also be part of the solution. He called on youth leaders in Africa to embrace non-violence. 

Peter Wilson
10 February 2017

There were 283 nominations of Africa’s finest young leaders from over 30 countries for the 2017 Tutu Leadership Fellowship, which starts on 22nd April. Applications closed on 15th January 2017.  Since then, a selection panel of past Fellows and AFLI Board Members have been working tirelessly to draw up a short list of candidates for final evaluation by the selection panel. The short list of 52 candidates was finalised on 7th February, and the plan is for the final selection of the 2017 Tutu Fellows to be agreed upon by the AFLI Board at the end of February. Only 17 candidates are finally selected.

Norman Smit
07 February 2017

The Bertha Centre, which is run by 2013 Tutu Fellow Dr. Francois Bonnici, has been profiled as one of the top five university-based social impact centres in the world.  The Bertha Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is at the University of Cape Town and is part of the Graduate School of Business.  The nonprofit organisation the Bridgespan Group published the report which was done by the Skoll Foundation


A Selection of Tutu Leadership Fellows

About AFLI

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is unique among leadership initiatives in that it focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.

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