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Candidates announced for 2016 Tutu Leadership Programme

Candidates announced for 2016 Tutu Leadership Programme

AFLI is pleased to announce the 24 candidates selected for the 2016 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme, including the 5 candidates nominated by our sponsoring organisations – AGCO, Centum Investments, GSK, Investec and Rio Tinto – without whose generous support this incredible programme would not exist. There were 305 top-quality nominations from 32 countries for a slot in this prestigious programme, and inevitably there will be many disappointed, excellent candidates. The programme has developed a reputation as the foremost leadership programme designed specifically for Africa’s next-generation leaders, and as such is attracting Africa’s highest-calibre emerging leaders from all sectors. Competition is fierce for a place on the programme. It is evident from reviewing the applications that Africa is blessed with a very rich set of top-quality young leaders who have the potential to lead the continent to a bright future, and who are already doing amazing things.

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15 January deadline for 2016 Tutu Fellowship Applications

15 January deadline for 2016 Tutu Fellowship Applications

This is a reminder that the applications for consideration for the 2016 African Leadership Programme must have been received by AFLI by 15 January 2016, a strict deadline.

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2015 – Another Year of Achievement for AFLI and the Tutu Fellows

2015 – Another Year of Achievement for AFLI and the Tutu Fellows

We are often asked what impact the African Leadership Institute and the Tutu Fellowship Programme are having on the development of Africa. Measurement of the success of leadership programmes is extremely difficult.

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Best wishes for the 2015 holiday season

Best wishes for the 2015 holiday season

As many of the continent’s leaders start to wind down for the holiday season, we should take time to reflect upon a turbulent year which has really challenged the continent’s leaders in all spheres of activity. The euphoria of the bullish “Africa Rising” scenario was shattered by collapsing energy and commodity prices, sluggish global growth, and unresolved terrorist activities. Leaders who failed to utilise the good times to build a broader-based economy more resilient to adverse forces, but rather wasted the opportunities through inefficiency, corruption and short-term thinking, now find their countries and organisations facing difficult times and a public increasingly vocal against bad leadership.

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Close to 300 Nominations for 2016 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme

Close to 300 Nominations for 2016 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme

The Tutu Fellows and AFLI’s network of contacts across the continent have been very active over the last couple of months, seeking and identifying Africa’s highest potential emerging leaders to nominate them for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship. The Tutu Leadership programme is arguably the best leadership programme designed specifically for Africa’s emerging leaders in the age range 25-39 from all sectors of society, and as such, the all-expenses paid Fellowship is a highly sought after award. Only once candidates have been nominated may they submit an application for the Fellowship.

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Supporting AFLI

Supporting AFLI

The following is an open letter by co-Founder Peter Wilson to Tutu Fellows and alumni and announced the annual fundraising drive to support the ongoing work of the African Leadership Institute:

The Tutu Fellowship programme has given you a world class leadership learning experience and entry into a network of amazing young African leaders – a unique bond of fellowship that links and supports like-minded leaders who are making a difference on the continent.

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2015 Tutu Leadership Programme - a life-changing success

2015 Tutu Leadership Programme - a life-changing success

The 2015 Tutu Fellows celebrated the completion of the five-month leadership programme and the award of Tutu Fellowship certificates at a high-spirited party hosted by Trustee Lord Hacking at his home in London on 11th September.  The event embodied the welcome of the newest alumni into the family of Tutu Fellows, which now number 225 emerging leaders across 34 African countries.

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Final workshop for 2015 Tutu Fellows

Final workshop for 2015 Tutu Fellows

The final workshop of the 2015 Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme starts on the 2nd September, and includes a fascinating mix of innovative experiential leadership learning sessions, talks by internationally renowned leaders from different sectors who share their leadership experiences, and Oxford’s leadership experts.

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Executive search at AFLI

Executive search at AFLI

The Africa executive specialist search consultants Executives in Africa and Aperture Group are assisting the African Leadership Institute to hire a Chief Commercial Officer.  The CCO of the African Leadership Institute is a unique opportunity for a dynamic leader to take the already successful Institute to the next level of growth and impact upon leadership in Africa.

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Tutu Fellows statement on Afrophobic attacks in South Africa

Tutu Fellows statement on Afrophobic attacks in South Africa

We, the Archbishop Tutu Fellows, unequivocally condemn the Afrophobic violence that has erupted in different places in South Africa. We condemn these episodes of violence as much as we condemn the violence experienced by the students and people of Garissa, Kenya; as much as we condemn the violent abduction of the girls in Chibok, Nigeria over a year ago; as much as we condemn war-related rape towards women in different war-torn parts of Africa; and as much as we condemn the violence into which young children are forced to become child soldiers.

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Class of 2015 Tutu Fellows announced

Class of 2015 Tutu Fellows announced

10 African countries represented among 23 programme participants

The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is proud to announce the 2015 intake of selected candidates for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Among more than 250 nominees from 32 African countries, 23 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. Spanning more than 15 industries, representing 10 African countries, and ranging from 29 to 40 years of age, the selected candidates demonstrate the wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.

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Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Ugandan-born activist the youngest African to be nominated


Tutu Fellow Victor Ochen (33), founder and director of the African Youth Initiative Network (AYINET) has been nominated for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. A 2011 graduate of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme, Victor has dedicated his life to rehabilitating victims of war by providing psycho-social support and life-saving healthcare.

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Explaining the African Leadership Institute - Promo Video 9"

Explaining the African Leadership Institute - Promo Video 9"

Founded in 2004 with the support of Oxford University, the African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is the continent’s premier leadership programme. Since the creation of its flagship programme – the Tutu Leadership Fellowship – which welcomes an elite group of leaders from across Africa and includes a strong focus on the values and ethics of leadership, more than 200 Tutu Fellows have been selected to complete the programme. These individuals represent a powerful network of exceptional leaders from a wide range of sectors who work with one another to extend the benefit of their learning and experiences to the broader community.  This video explains how the Institute works and why it is using leadership as a vehicle for change.

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Explaining the African Leadership Institute - Promo Video 3"

Explaining the African Leadership Institute - Promo Video 3"

Founded in 2004 with the support of Oxford University, the African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is the continent’s premier leadership programme. Since the creation of its flagship programme – the Tutu Leadership Fellowship – which welcomes an elite group of leaders from across Africa and includes a strong focus on the values and ethics of leadership, more than 200 Tutu Fellows have been selected to complete the programme. These individuals represent a powerful network of exceptional leaders from a wide range of sectors who work with one another to extend the benefit of their learning and experiences to the broader community. This video explains how the Institute works and why it is using leadership as a vehicle for change.

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Nominations for 2015 Archbishop Tutu Fellowships close 15 December 2014

Nominations for 2015 Archbishop Tutu Fellowships close 15 December 2014

The selection process for the 2015 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowships has commenced. The process is underway to identify the “movers and shakers” in the age range 25-39 across the continent who have demonstrated they have the potential to become the future leaders of Africa in government, business and civil society.

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