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Fellow selected for 2018 Global Top 100 MIPAD list

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2012 Fellow Ada Osakwe has been honored as one of the 2018 MIPAD Global Top 100 list. MIPAD is short for Most Influential People of African Descent, and she was selected for the Business and Entrepreneurship Category. MIPAD was started in support of the International Decade for People of African Descent by the UN. She joins two other Tutu Fellows who have been selected for this honour since MIPAD began.  In 2017, Ada's 2014 classmate, Ntombenhle Khathwane, and 2013 Fellow Ally Angula, were selected.

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Fellow secures Obama for 16th Mandela Annual Lecture

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2014 Tutu Fellow Sello Hatang has secured the former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture. President Obama, who made an emotional address at Mandela’s funeral years after meeting him in 2005, will speak at the lecture marking 100 years since the anti-apartheid icon was born.  The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture is one of the Foundation’s flagship programmes to honour its founder, Nelson Mandela. Every year since 2003, global leaders have used the lecture to raise topical issues affecting South Africa, Africa and the rest of the world.

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Pan African leadership project board assembled

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The Youth Advisory Board for the Ford Foundation funded Pan African leadership project will play a critical role in the governance of the project. The board has been intentionally constituted up front at the start of the grant project to provide strategic inputs and provide overall guidance of the project and its implementation.

Two ex officio members will sit on the board in addition to the eminent young Africans on the board. The first is a member of AFLI - which is the grant recipient.  The second is a member of the African Union Commission’s Youth Division.

In addition to the Board, the leadership project is assembling partners with which to work on an online platform to build a curated community of practice.  Various African youth initiatives will be set up for collaboration to be explored, and experiences and best practices documented and shared.  This will facilitate learningacross and between progammes. The curators will play a key role in steering these efforts and announcements will be made regarding this in coming weeks.  

The board for this project follows:

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Tutu Fellows collaborate for South Sudan on Africa Day

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Tutu Fellows Dorothy Ghettuba, Janah Ncube, Peter Ajak and Julie Gichuru organized the #SawaSouthSudan summit on the 25th of May 2018 - Africa Day.  This was the first virtual summit addressing the issues currently affecting the women of South Sudan.

Hosted by 2012 Tutu Fellow, Julie Gichuru, the #SawaSouthSudan summit brought together powerful women leaders from South Sudan, the wider African continent and the world to share experiences and deliberate solutions for peace in the world's youngest country. 

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Fellow launches tech hub with Facebook

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2017 Tutu Fellow and CcHub Founder & CEO, 'Bosun Tijani, has partnered with Facebook on its first flagship community hub space in Africa.  The space, called NG_Hub, was opened in Lagos, Nigeria this month. The week-long celebration brought together developers, start-ups, and the wider tech community across Lagos and Nigeria. The multi-faceted space seeks to encourage communities to collaborate, learn, exchange ideas and to deepen Facebook’s commitment and investment foothold in Africa.

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Fellow helping to contain the Ebola outbreak in the DRC

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20 December UPDATE - Yap Boum reports that the struggle to curb the disease has been very difficult.  He says things are tough. We are now fighting Ebola in a war zone during election time. But, we have also started to assess new therapeutics. It is the worst time and place for an Ebola outbreak.

2017 Tutu Fellow Yap Boum is working with Doctors Without Borders on the first effort to use a vaccine to stop an Ebola outbreak in its initial stages in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).  The vaccine consists of a harmless livestock virus that has been genetically engineered to display Ebola surface proteins.

It is not yet licensed to use by any country, but can be given as part of a medical trial under what are known as compassionate use regulations.

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Fellow appointed to Securities & Exchange Board

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2014 Tutu Fellow Risper Alaro-Mukoto has been elected to the board of directors of the Nairobi Securities Exchange Limited. The Nairobi Securities Exchange (NSE) is a leading African Exchange, based in Kenya – one of the fastest-growing economies in Sub-Saharan Africa. Founded in 1954, NSE has a six-decade heritage in listing equity and debt securities. It offers a world class trading facility for local and international investors looking to gain exposure to Kenya and Africa’s economic growth.

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Fellow launches political movement in Chad

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2016 Tutu Fellow Succès Masra, who until recently was the Principal Economist for the African Development Bank, has resigned his position to launch a political movement called The Transformers, with the aim of rebuilding his home country, Chad. 

The movement was launched on 29 April.  He has called on Chadians, both insiders and outsiders, to join him to create a new republic that is united, demanding of its leadership, and just.

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2018 Leadership workshop at Mont Fleur

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The first workshop of the 2018 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme was held at the Mont Fleur Conference Centre from the 21st to the 28th of April. The 27 Fellowship candidates came from some 300 nominees of outstanding excellence from over 30 African countries, and represented nine African countries - Nigeria, Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Rwanda, South Africa, Sierra Leone and Egypt.  

The Associates convened in Stellenbosch, Cape Town, where the beautiful and serene mountainous landscape served as the perfect backdrop to inspire deep, uninterrupted reflections.

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Tutu Fellow appointed to defence company board

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South Africa's Public Enterprises Minister has appointed a new interim board to the country's state-owned defence company, Denel. On the new board is 2015 Tutu Fellow, Nonzukiso Siyotula.  No members of the previous board were retained. The cleanout of Denel’s board is the second major shake up at a state-owned enterprise in South Africa in recent months. The new President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has said that cleaning up state-owned enterprises with a track record of mismanagement and ethical lapses was a priority of his to get the economy back on track. 

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2012 Fellow wins 2018 Young CEO of the Year

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2012 Tutu Fellow Dr Amy Jadesimi has been named Africa's Young CEO of the Year.  Amy is the Managing Director and CEO of LADOL, short for a half billion USD port development infrastructure project at Lagos, Nigeria.  The acronym stands for Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics Base and is an industrial free zone with a logistics base in the shipyard.  Amy's plans go beyond just infrastructure development, however.  She is working towards transforming the area into more than just an industrial area, rather, she wants it to be an economic zone that sustainably creates jobs and business opportunities in the area.

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Class of 2017 pays it forward

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In 2017, at the close of the Tutu Leadership Programme, the Class of 2017 felt inspired by the life-changing programme and decided they wanted to collect a group donation to further the work being done by the African Leadership Institute. They asked that the cash collected from the personal resources of the 2017 Fellows be used for the sustainability of the programme in future. Because of the impact the programme had had on them, they felt it was important that somebody who might have the potential to become a Fellow shouldn't lose that opportunity because of a lack of resources. So they asked for the money to be used towards covering the expenses of a deserving candidate who otherwise may not be able to participate due to financial constraints.

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Introducing the 2018 Tutu Leadership Programme cohort

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The African Leadership Institute, once again, has a very strong cohort of emerging African leaders for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship for 2018.  Amongst nearly 300 nominees of outstanding quality from over 30 African countries, 18 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. Including the candidates nominated by our sponsoring organisations, the candidates represent ten different African countries and various industries, and range from 30 to 39 years of age. The selected candidates demonstrate the incredible wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.  The biographies of the 2018 candidates follow:

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AFLI Board Member responsible for Bank's Africa interests

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2007 Tutu Fellow and AFLI board member, Terence Sibiya, has been appointed Nedbank’s Managing Executive for the Rest of Africa & Subsidiaries. He is responsible for leading and managing the Bank’s Rest of Africa and subsidiary businesses to ensure that they grow and achieve the key strategic objectives of the company.  These include building scale, increasing their share of contribution to the Group’s earnings, and generating returns in excess of the cost of equity.  Prior to this, Terence was the Managing Executive for Client Coverage Nedbank Corporate & Investment Banking and was with Standard Bank, before that.

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Fellow heads consumer banking division

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In March 2018, Mutsa Chironga, a 2016 Tutu Fellow, was appointed Divisional Executive, Consumer Banking at Nedbank, one of South Africa's "Big Four" banks.  Of Zimbabwean origin, Mutsa has a deep passion for Africa. He was previously a Partner at McKinsey and Company, Johannesburg, where he led the McKinsey African financial services practice, focusing on strategy,
sales transformation, and digital and analytics.

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