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Fellow Champions Tanzania's Fight Against Plastic Waste

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2013 Fellow and Tanzania's Environment Minister January Makamba, is championing plans to ban the production, importation, sale and use of all single-use plastic bags in Tanzania by July 2019, to help tackle pollution from non-biodegradable waste.
The East African nation is the latest country to make a formal commitment to phase out single-use non-biodegradable plastics, which have been identified by the United Nations as one of the world's biggest environmental challenges. Of the 9 billion tonnes of plastic the world has produced, only 9 percent has been recycled, according to U.N. estimates.
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Introducing the 2019 Tutu Leadership Programme cohort

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The African Leadership Institute has a very strong cohort of emerging African leaders for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship for 2019. Amongst nearly 250 nominees of outstanding quality from more than African countries, 23 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 12 different African countries, ranging in age 25 to 39 years of age, and span several industries. The selected candidates demonstrate the incredible wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.

The biographies of the 2019 candidates follow:

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Fellow to Head Netflix's International Originals Department.

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2016 Fellow, renowned Kenyan award-winning film producer and Spielworks Media CEO, Dorothy Ghettuba, has been appointed by Global streaming giant, Netflix, as Manager for International Originals. 
The move comes after Netflix announced in 2018 that it would commission original shows from Africa by 2019. This move was intended to  increase demand for the platform among viewers from the region and eventually reduce the cost of access. “Telling our African stories. Onwards and Upwards,” said Ms Ghettuba in an Instagram post announcing her appointment. Dorothy launched Spielworks Media, a Nairobi-based African production company, in 2009 and wished to one day, turn the company into an African version of the American motion picture studio, Universal Pictures. She has produced epic programs such as ‘Sumu La Penzi’ and  ‘Lies That Bind’. 
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Fellow appointed to NSIA Board

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2018 Tutu Fellow Aminu Umar-Sadiq has been appointed as an Executive Director and Member of the Board of the Nigerian Sovereign Investment Authority, or NSIA, by President Muhammadu Buhari. This appointment sees him move from his previous role as Senior Vice-President and Deputy Head of Infrastructure, also at the NSIA.
 
In 2018, the NSIA Board established a Direct Investment Committee for review and oversight of investments in core domestic infrastructure sectors such as motorways, agriculture, healthcare, power, and education. Aminu has significant experience in investment banking, private equity and public finance, including his most recent role at the NSIA.
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2018 Fellow named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum

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2018 Tutu Fellow Adebola Williams has been named a 2019 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.  Adebola, who is the founder of RED Media, was selected from thousands of applications from across the world following a rigorous vetting process designed to identify global leaders and young visionaries working to shape the future through inspired leadership.
 
Created in 2004 by Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, as a way to help the world meet increasingly complex and interdependent challenges, Adebola Williams will join an elite community of the world’s next-generation leaders in influencing decision-making through the contribution of new ideas, perspectives and energy.
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Fellow given the Keys to Florence

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2014 Fellow Sello Hatang has been awarded the Keys of the City of Florence by its Mayor, Dario Nardella. Hatang, who is the Chief Executive of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, was awarded this special honour to recognise his work in human rights and promoting the legacy of Nelson Mandela. The award states: "To Sello Hatang, who carries out the challenging and luminous task of keeping Madiba's legacy alive. We share with him a long history of friendship and the ideal of an open society based on remembrance, solidarity, equality and respect for human rights."

Mayor Nardella reflected on the long histories of interconnection between Florence, Italy, Nelson Mandela and the Foundation. He emphasised the need to intensify the work during these challenging times of intolerance.
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Africa’s 1st ‘Design Lab’ launched in Kigali

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2017 Fellow Bosun Tijan, together with the Rwandan Minister of Information & Communications Technology and Innovation, Paula Ingabire, have launched the ‘CcHUB Design Lab’. The launch event took place on 14 February 14 2019 in Kigali, Rwanda. 
 
The design lab is an extraordinary leap in Africa’s growing tech sector, and is set to become a leading creative and collaborative space between its multidisciplinary team of product designers and engineers, and scientists and stakeholders globally. They will be on a mission to explore the application of emerging technologies that will solve Africa’s systemic problems in public health, education, governance and the private sector. The first partner joining the Design Lab will be the Rwanda Biomedical Centre.
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Fellow launches crowdsourced online maths learning program

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2018 Fellow Edzai Zvobwo, has launched an individual social responsibility (ISR) program to promote crowd-sourced mathematics knowledge and activity. Through his company, MathsGee, he launched a maths question & answer community forum that serves as a platform for interested individuals to assist learners who will be asking questions.
 
Edzai, who is the founder of the MathsGenius Leadership Institute, believes that not enough is being done to harness the mathematical knowledge that has been acquired by South African residents. He says there is a vast pool of individuals who have the capacity to complement government’s efforts in trying to redress past ills and providing the country with much-needed mathematically savvy graduates. He also believes that this model will help South Africa overcome the maths skills shortfall and become a worthy competitor with the rest of the world.  
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Fellow opens her 20th SPARK School in Soweto 

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2017 Tutu Fellow and Founder of SPARK Schools, Stacey Brewer, has opened another school; this time in the township Soweto, Johannesburg.  The new school opened its doors in January 2019, and is the twentieth school in the SPARK Schools network. SPARK Soweto is located in the west of Soweto.
 
Stacey said she and her team saw the need to open a school in Soweto in oder to meet the demand of the Spark pupils who were mostly from that specific area. This opportunity presented itself after years of planning, and Spark Schools believed that opening schools close to where the pupils' families lived would not only be an investment in the local community, but also potentially lead to substantial savings in travel costs, and ensure that scholars remain close to their support network.
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Making migration work for African development

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A piece I first began drafting when I served as an Ibrahim Leadership Fellow is appearing in the print edition of Africa Policy Journal on pan-African migration.  Titled How Africa Can Adopt a Pan-African Migration and Development Agenda, AFLI has permission to share ahead of the journal's appearance, the abstract of the piece. 

It looks at the potential upsides to allowing intra-African migration, which is largely seen in a negative light, if the continent adopted constructive policies around migration for development.  Currently Africa has restrictive policies on migration.

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Banking on Refugees

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Refugees have long been excluded from financial services, leaving them struggling to integrate into host economies. But new technologies have made the lack of an identity card, loan collateral, or a fixed address irrelevant, and the world's displaced people may be only the first to benefit.
 
Every minute, on average, 31 people are displaced – forced to leave their jobs, homes, and even their families. These refugees often arrive, after arduous journeys, in new countries with no money or identification, and few possessions. Yet, far from securing a safer, more prosperous future, they often find themselves marginalized, excluded, and even demonized, denied opportunities to integrate into their host societies or contribute to the local economy. One straightforward way to empower refugees is to give them access to financial services.
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Better the Balance for a Better Zambia

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As a woman CEO in the manufacturing sector, it’s been a lonely journey to say the least. When I started Java Foods, I didn’t realise how difficult it was going to be. I looked around me and most of the businesses were either multinationals or local businesses all run by MEN. At first, I thought it wasn’t an issue, after all, I was a maverick. But as months rolled on, I realized that I was in fact the odd one out.
 
I would go into meetings with my male Sales Manager and they would address him as the boss and ask me to take notes (and by the way this still happens – recently in a meeting of fellow CEOs, I was asked to take minutes…I rolled my eyes and asked my Sales Manager to do it). Or one time, I was asked what I did, to which I proudly responded, ‘I run a food company’. He then asked, “what’s the name of your restaurant?”
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Fellow wins banking award

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2018 Tutu Fellow, Sizwe Damane, was honoured at the 2018 ABSA Corporate Investment Banking (CIB) Excellence Awards for his work in risk management. The awards were announced at a corporate black tie event held on Friday, 22 February 2019, at the prestigious Inanda Polo Club in Sandton, Johannesburg.
 
Sizwe joined a list of 18 very exceptional colleagues who were also finalists; and who, according to the CIB ABSA CEO, Charles Russon, demonstrate the breadth of talent showcased in the banking sector. 
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Fellow honored for leadership on diversity and inclusion

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2013 Tutu Fellow Nuradin Osman has been honored as one of the top global leaders for diversity and inclusion, at the 2019 Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Awards in Mumbai. Nuradin is a Vice President of AGCO, a global agricultural equipment manufacturer and distributor.
 
The Diversity and Inclusion Excellence Awards were made at the third World Diversity and Inclusion Congress in February 2019.  The award identifies and celebrates individuals, advisory firms, industry partners and social community and institutions for their work around diversity and inclusion initiatives. The awards are aimed at one or more individuals/organizations whose achievements are not part of their everyday assignment, but who continue to show a distinct passion for diversity and inclusion.
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The marathon for the freedom of the Saharawi

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2013 Tutu Fellow Catherine Constantinides headed out for the 2019 Sahara Marathon, which took place on the 26th February in the Sahara Desert. The South African Earth Warrior and social justice activist is running a marathon that's a shorter than the path facing the Saharawi people to freedom. 
 
The Sahara Marathon is an international sport event hosted in the Sahara Desert every year. The aim of the marathon was designed to demonstrate solidarity with the Saharawi people, first initiated in 2001, and organised by the Secretary of State for Sport, under the auspices of the Government of the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic and with the help of volunteers from all over the world. 
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