Christian N. AllisonChristian N. Allison

Monrovia, Liberia


Occupational Information

Occupation: Financial Sector

Occupational Position: Director of Risk Management ( Chief Risk Officer)/ Central Bank of Liberia


Through my association with the AfLI, I envision the establishment of a leadership institution intended to provide leadership training, mentoring opportunities and coaching to young Liberians. In fact, this program was developed as a result of the community project requirement of the Tutu Fellowship program. I have already begun on a smaller scale than originally envisioned because of a myriad of constraints. The mission of the project, the Mama Liberia Initiative (MLI), is to be the premier intellectual center for the promotion of responsible, innovative leadership. The Program aims to nurture collaborative leadership and socially responsible young people through transformative programs. MLI aims to achieve its vision by building leaders who teach others. Emphasis will be placed on mentoring and activities related to leadership, development, decision-making, citizenship, and community service. MLI

Professional History

From 2002 to 2007, I served as a Junior Bank Examiner at the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL). My responsibilities included: contributing to the periodic assessment of supervised institutions and reviewing the adequacy of banks


Bachelor of Business Administration (Magna Cum Laude); Master of Business Administration; Various certificates in various aspects of bank regulation and risk management


2008 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.

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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.