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

Norman Smit
23 December 2017

Making a simple change can help realize one’s full potential. At TED Talent Search Lagos 2017 in Nigeria, Victoria Ohaeri describes the importance of changing her name to positively affect others' perceptions.  The 2016 Tutu Fellow tells her personal story about the effects of labeling, and how changing her name made all the difference.

Norman Smit
21 December 2017

Young farmers participating in a project started by 2017 Tutu Fellow Samuel Kariuki have had their first harvest and been paid for the fruits of their labour.  The new farmers in the agro-entrepreneurship Fort Hall Eye Project harvested two tons of beans. This green success is taking place in one of the most troubled counties in Kenya, where alcoholism has left almost no household unaffected.

Peter Wilson
21 December 2017

When nominations closed earlier this week, there were close to 300 really top quality nominations of emerging African leaders from across the continent for the 2018 Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  We were again impressed by the breadth of outstanding candidates who are applying for the Fellowship, reinforcing what we already know: that there is no shortage of excellent young leaders on the continent. 

Norman Smit
20 December 2017

The CEO of All On, 2015 Tutu Fellow Wiebe Boer is helping to build access to affordable sustainable energy for low income households, small business, and communities.  All On is an independent impact investing company.  As part of its approach it has also provided a grant to the acclaimed Nigerian tech incubator, Co-Creation Hub, to challenge Nigeria’s innovators on energy. Co-Creation Hub is run by 2017 Tutu Fellow 'Bosun Tijani.

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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