Many African Leadership Institute Fellows have provided support to the institute to assist it with continuing its mission. In many instances, they did so via organisations they represent or started and where possible, we will provide links back to those organisations.

This list is currently incomplete, so to Fellows, if you've made a donation, please contact Norman Smit to update the list

Wendy Burgers - 2006 Fellow
Aidan Eyakuze - 2006 Fellow
Abdu Mukhtar - 2006 Fellow
Ronke Onadeko - 2006 Fellow
Ed Mabaya - 2007 Fellow
Niven Postma - 2007 Fellow
Terence Sibiya - 2007 Fellow
Hassan Usman - 2007 Fellow
Tracey Webster - 2007 Fellow
Bibi Bakare-Yusuf - 2008 Fellow
Saul Kornik - 2008 Fellow
Ahonsi Unuigbe - 2008 Fellow
Robin Perks - 2009 Fellow
Susan Mashibe - 2009 Fellow
James Mwangi - 2009 Fellow
Lai Yahaya - 2009 Fellow
Mohamed Cassim - 2010 Fellow
Ed Macharia - 2010 Fellow
Lorna Irungu - 2010 Fellow
Madji Sock - 2010 Fellow
Salma Mohamed  - 2010 Fellow
Sanusi Dantata - 2011 Fellow
Momar Dieng - 2011 Fellow
Mucha Mkanganwi - 2011 Fellow
Liz Taylor - 2011 Fellow
Bridget Washira - 2011 Fellow
Mema Beye - 2012 Fellow
Dr. Amy Jadesimi - 2012 Fellow
Zied Mhirsi - 2012 Fellow
Andrew Mude - 2012 Fellow
Elijah Onyeagba - 2012 Fellow
Farai Shonhiwa - 2012 Fellow
Marc van Olst - 2012 Fellow
Swaady Martin - 2012 Fellow
Mireille Tushiminina - 2014 Fellow
Mosun Umoru - 2015 Fellow
Ije Ikoku - 2015 Fellow
Reagile Moatshe - 2015 Fellow
Bowale Adeoye - 2015 Fellow
Mobelaji Adewumi - 2015 Fellow
Mawuli Dake – 2015 Fellow
Abayomi Awobokun - 2017 Fellow
Ahmed Zahran - 2017 Fellow
Andiswa Bata - 2017 Fellow
Bosun Tijani - 2017 Fellow
Candice Dott - 2017 Fellow
Dirk Holshausen - 2017 Fellow
Fayelle Ouane - 2017 Fellow
Hema Vallabh - 2017 Fellow
Itumeleng Merafe - 2017 Fellow
John-Allan Namu - 2017 Fellow
Kayode Ogunro - 2017 Fellow
Jude MI Abaga - 2017 Fellow
Mitoha Ondo - 2017 Fellow
Ngisana Mngomezulu - 2017 Fellow
Natalie Jabangwe Morris - 2017 Fellow
Noely Martino - 2017 Fellow
Onyinye Ibeneche - 2017 Fellow
Rosy Fynn - 2017 Fellow
Rori Tshabalala - 2017 Fellow
Samantha Ngcolomba - 2017 Fellow
Sonkita Conteh - 2017 Fellow
Stacey Brewer - 2017 Fellow
William Mwiti - 2017 Fellow
Ben Whitelaw - 2017 Fellow
Yap Boum - 2017 Fellow
Isaace Fokuo - 2017 Fellow

Current Sponsors

AFLI is proud and appreciative of support it receives toward the operation of its various programmes.  Current sponsors include:

Previous sponsors, donors and supporters

AFLI is proud and appreciative of support it receives toward the operation of its various programmes.  The Institute has been supported in its development and operations by generous grants and donations from:


In addition, many people have provided their time and their services pro bono. These include, the Management, Trustees, Directors and Alumni, as well as some wonderful individuals who care deeply for what the Institute is trying to achieve for Africa. The Institute is extremely grateful for their selfless support.

tutu home page"Do your little bit of good where you are; it's those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world."


-Archbishop Desmond Tutu



AFLI appreciates, and depends upon, the financial support of our sponsors, foundations, alumni and individuals. These generous contributions allow us to provide world-class programmes, and to sustain a growing network of high-potential leaders from across Africa.

There are several ways to contribute to AFLI’s vision and success, either as an individual or as an organisation. Please join us in making our funding goals a reality.

Making Paypal Donations

Please use the purple Paypal picture titled "Help Us Grow Africa's Future Leaders" to make a donation. 

Tax Deductible Donations in the USA

If you are in the United States, it is possible to make a tax-deductible donation to AFLI via the American Friends of the African Leadership Institute.

Gifts by check: Address your check to KBFUS, write “African Leadership Institute” in the memo section of the check, and send it to KBFUS, 10 Rockefeller Plaza, 16th Floor, New York, NY 10020.

Gifts by credit card:  Donations in various amounts can be made to AFLI a secure donation site managing AFLI's donations in the USA.  Please visit our page at that site.  

Gifts by wire transfer or to contribute other types of property: Contact KBFUS via email or phone (212) 713-7660 and specify the contribution or gift is for AFLI.

Corporate Sponsorship

Become a sponsor of the prestigious Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship and enjoy access to a network of Africa’s top young leaders spanning a multitude of sectors. Corporate sponsorship packages start at USD 30,000.  Please contact the CEO, Dr Jackie Chimhanzi, regarding corporate sponsorships.

Trusts and Foundations

The transformation of Africa is going to be achieved through this generation of young leaders. The Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship is a unique programme that equips leaders possessing a strong moral compass and unwavering resolve to elevate Africa’s profile, with the skills and knowledge required to create a stronger Africa. By investing in the development of these leaders, your trust or foundation will be maximizing its impacts on the continent.

High Net Worth Individuals

As we continue to develop AFLI, we are looking to prestigious leaders to seed our endowment fund. These individuals believe in proliferating the leadership values espoused by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and apart from their financial contributions, will have the opportunity to share their expertise and experience with the growing network of Tutu Fellows across the continent.

Featured News

Uzodinma Iweala
08 January 2021

Like many of you, I watched yesterday as rioters and terrorists desecrated the United States Capitol Building. I was not shocked. That such violent opposition to U.S. democratic institutions would manifest after years of sustained assault should not be shocking.

The images from January 6th should not be considered an anomaly. We should resist the urge to label such acts as un-American and we should not move too quickly towards an overused rhetoric of healing. If this country is to survive the next few years, let alone thrive, we will have to face the aspects of our American identity that make so many people feel it is acceptable to deny reality—the reality of election results, the reality of a pandemic, and the reality of deeply rooted racism that manifests in the care with which law enforcement treated (mostly) White men rampaging through the halls of the Capitol Building.

Norman Smit
13 December 2020

The pandemic has affected everyone, but it is often the personal stories of those known to us that inform and shape our behavior regarding COVID-19. As the months of social distancing, handwashing and mask-wearing continue, pandemic weariness is setting in. 2013 Tutu Fellow Catherine Constantinides offers her experience with COVID-19 as a cautionary tale. She was young, healthy and with no comorbidities, and when she caught the virus in July it almost killed her. She describes her recovery as a nightmare.

She says, “For weeks I was too scared to fall asleep as I just couldn’t breathe. The idea of falling into a deep sleep and never waking up again terrified me. There is nothing more frightening than gasping for air and feeling as though your lungs are trapped in concrete."

Monique Atouguia
10 December 2020

2014 Tutu Fellow Mireille Tushiminina has been appointed the Global Coordinator for the UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The UNFPA-UNICEF Joint Programme to Eliminate FGM is the largest global programme to accelerate the end of FGM and advance the rights, health and well-being of women and girls.

Despite being internationally recognized as a human rights violation, some 200 million girls and women alive today have undergone FGM, and if current rates persist, an estimated 68 million more will be cut by 2030. Female genital mutilation refers to any procedure involving partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genitals for non-medical reasons.

Monique Atouguia
05 December 2020

2013 Tutu Fellow Tomiwa Aladekomo has been been appointed as the Acting National Chair of the Youth Party, a registered political party in Nigeria, in preparation for the 2023 general elections. This appointment was announced by Party Chairman Seun Sule and the Board of Trustees in a statement in late October 2020. Tomiwa's appointment is expected to be ratified at the party’s convention in March 2021.

The Youth Party recently regained the right to compete in all elections moving forward till 2023, following a Federal High Court ruling.


Tutu Fellowship COVID-19 News

Tutu Fellows have been active in addressing the challenges Africa is facing due to the coronavirus pandemic.  We have a new section highlighting some of the work being done by the Fellowship.

About AFLI



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.

AFLI Workplace

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AFLI uses Workplace by Facebook as its networking and collaboration platform for the Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  It allows Fellows to network, discuss issues, develop position papers, plan events, and coordinate with each other ahead of meetings when travelling to other countries. It also provides a space for programme associates to collaborate on their requirements for the Tutu Leadership programme.

Workplace is a software app that functions across desktop and mobile using familiar features like groups, chat, and video calls, and is used by more than 30,000 organisations around the world. It uses an interface familiar to anyone who has used Facebook, but adjusted for the workplace. We have provided answers to FAQs on how to log in, how Workplace can be used, and answers to possible technical questions users may have.  Fellows can log into Workplace by clicking on the the logo.