The first Tutu Fellowship Leadership Programme Workshop of 2015 is under way in Cape Town, where 23 participants from all over Africa are honing their leadership skills, building their network and discovering new approaches to solving the problems the continent faces. The young leaders were selected from more than 250 nominees from more than 30 African countries and range from 29 to 40 years of age. The participants at this workshop represent the wealth and breadth of the talent Africa has to offer among its young leaders.


Selected candidates have demonstrated they have the potential to be top level leaders in their sectors in Africa within a few years, and who will lead with integrity, strong values and compassion for their fellow Africans.  Biographies of the workshop attendees can be downloaded.

Peter Wilson, the co-founder and global CEO of AFLI said: “We believe that serving with selfless inspirational leadership based on strong values is the critical ingredient that is going to catapult Africa forward socially, politically and economically. The Tutu Leadership Fellowship was created in order to maximize the impact that leadership can have, whether at a country level, across the continent, or even globally.”

Zimbabwean-born Wilson is one of the faculty at the intensive week-long workshop that runs from 25 April to 2 May. Others who are sharing their experience and insights include Gill Marcus, an African National Congress supporter while it was still a banned organization who rose to become South Africa's Reserve Bank Governor; Jay Naidoo, the former General Secretary of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) who went on to chair the Development Bank of Southern Africa and remains active in development projects; Caryn Solomon, the South-African-born head of organization development at Investec Bank and her colleague, Molefi Mokutu, who consults for Investec. Mokutu was a psychologist for the Trauma Centre for Survivors of Violence and Torture. Still more include: Nkosana Moyo, the former VP and COO of the African Development Bank; Olugbenga Adesida has worked extensively as a strategy consultant across Africa; Lord Hacking, a British Member of the house of Lords, AFLI Board Member, and an active professional arbitrator and mediator; and Sean Lance, the Chairman and Co-Founder of AFLI and global biotechnology businessman who among his successes turned around Chiron. A PDF with biographies and photos of all of the presenters can be viewed here on the AFLI website.

AFLI Leadership Programme workshops incorporate a combination of theory, the sharing of experiences by successful leaders, experiential learning, varied practical applications, and assignments. READ MORE During the learning process, a balance is maintained between personal development, self-reflection and the African context of leadership. The values and ethics of leadership also form a major component of the learning. A goal of the programmes - and the institute - is to effect positive change in Africa by building a critical mass of visionary, strategic, self-aware and ethical leaders across the continent who together become the catalysts for change and transformation of Africa.