Following a two-year hiatus during COVID, the Skoll World Forum was back in April 2024 in Oxford. The SWF has rightfully earned its reputation as the foremost gathering of actors in the social sector ecosystem.

There was a strong presence of the Tutu Fellows, in various capacities. 2009 Fellow James Mwangi attended in his capacity as a board member of the Foundation, a panelist and a moderator. 2019 Fellow Dr Angela Gichaga was there as a 2022 Skoll Awardee, but now only being able to be celebrated and collect her award in person. 2010 Fellow Bright Simons was yet another Skoll Awardee, from 2019. Yes, we boast two Skoll Awardees, in our midst…

Other Fellows present were 2018 Fellow Oluseun Onigbinde; and 2017 Fellow Sonkita Conteh who was a panelist on a climate discussion moderated by James Mwangi.

With the support of the Skoll Foundation, a delegation of Fellows driving transformation in the climate and health spaces were also present and included Bilha Ndirangu (2022), Ify Malo (2013), Mwangi Githuru PhD (2010), Dr Tariro Makadzange (2007), Saul Kornik (2008), Prof Yap Boum (2017), and myself (2010).

AFLI hosted a side event, New Leaders Transforming Africa, and engaged various stakeholders who were keen to better understand AFLI’s work and to hear directly from the Fellows about their work and the impact of the Fellowship on them.

It was an intense three days which would not have been complete without an obligatory visit to a pub for a Tutu get-together!  When in Oxford…


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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) 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.