Mawuli DakeMawuli Dake



Occupational Information

Job Title: CEO of The Africa Group Consult


Mawuli is the CEO of The Africa Group Consult- a premium consultancy firm specialized in providing strategic expertise and services to international organizations, governments, and private partners to scale-up their social impact in Africa. Mawuli is the Co-Founder of the Moremi Initiative for Women’s Leadership in Africa. Prior to that, Mawuli served as a staff of President Barack Obama’s historic 2008 presidential campaign.

With a background in international law [UN University], human rights [Columbia University], and Leadership Strategy [Stanford Graduate School of Business], Mawuli has initiated and led a wide range of transformational social justice initiatives in Africa and internationally. Mawuli has over 12 years of professional experience serving in various capacities – including with United Nations, WANEP, Public, WIS, Public Citizen, and NETRIGHT-Ghana among others. Mawuli previously served as the first National Coordinator of the Ghana National Coalition on Domestic Violence Legislation in Ghana and as a Legal Advocate for women and children survivors of violence and sexual assault in Ghana. For two years, he was the co-host of the Big Issue on Choice FM- a weekly radio program on gender justice and human rights Mawuli. Mawuli was a member of the team of international human rights lobbyists that spearheaded negotiations leading to the establishment of the UN Human Rights Council in 2006. He served as a Lead Consultant for the ECOWAS Visison2020 project- a four-member experts-team constituted by ECOWAS President who successfully developed its current vision.

Mawuli is Ambassador for UNAIDS Protect the Goal Campaign and serves on the Board of over a dozen organizations. He mentors emerging leaders and activists across Africa. Mawuli has a life-long commitment to pan-African leadership excellence and social justice on the great continent of Africa.


Stanford Graduate School of Business: Executive Certificate- Leadership Strategy
Columbia University- MA Human Rights
United Nations University- MA International Law
University of Ghana- LLB- Bachelor of Laws


2015 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship

 Additional Tags: Leadership Strategy, Human Rights, Law, Entrepreneurship, Consultancy, Social Justice, Gender Justice, Leadership

Featured News

Jackie Chimhanzi
26 December 2021

Today, 26 December 2021, we lost our beloved Patron, Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

But even as we mourn the passing of our dear Patron, we celebrate a life of service well lived and the values and ideals he espoused and bequeathed to us - ubuntu, servant leadership, integrity, humility, compassion and courage. We remember a man who was diminutive in stature but larger than life in his boldness, always speaking truth to power when the occasion demanded.

Norman Smit
29 November 2021

2017 Tutu Fellow Mimi Kalinda says that her company, Africa Communications Group, has been acquired by Marco.  The sale to Marco, which purchased a 51% stake, happened in November 2021.  Mimi is delighted with Marco’s investment in ACG, as it means the company she began can expand across other continents and make a bigger contribution to the growth of African economy.

She says ACG is the first African-owned, pan-African communications and strategic reputation management firm handling communication solutions for global clients across the entire continent. It is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, with additional offices in Abidjan in Ivory Coast and Nairobi, Kenya.  It also has long-standing partners in Kigali, Rwanda; Harare, Zimbabwe; and Lagos, Nigeria.  There are also additional affiliated offices in 40+ additional countries across the African continent.

Norman Smit
16 November 2021

In March 2020, the African Leadership Institute announced the Associates who had been selected for the 2020 Class of the Tutu Fellowship programme.  As has been the case with previous cohorts, the people selected were exceptional emerging African leaders. AFLI received more than 300 nominees of outstanding quality from 36 African countries, from which the cohort was selected. Before the class could begin, COVID intervened and the programme was deferred until conditions allowed for an in-person convening.

Since that initial announcement of the cohort was made, not all of the candidates were still able to participate in the programme. The names below represent the final cohort who begin the first workshop in the programme in South Africa next week.

Norman Smit
17 August 2021

Back on 22 May 2021, President Samia Suluhu Hassan appointed Elsie Kanza PhD as one of 22 ambassadors for Tanzania. Elsie is a 2008 Tutu Fellow.  On 17 August, she was posted to the Embassy in Washington, DC, as Tanzanian Ambassador. The US Embassy is considered a senior posting in diplomatic circles.  In May, President Hassan made the appointments, but did not at that time name the posts to which the appointees would be stationed. 

The appointments included senior government officials, members of the military, and government and cabinet advisors.  Prior to her appointment, Elsie's most recent position was as the Special Advisor to the President of the World Economic Forum.


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.