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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.


“We believe serving one’s followers 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.”
- Peter Wilson, co-founder and global CEO of AFLI

Tutu Fellows are exceptional African leaders from all walks of life and different parts of society who use their leadership abilities to help transform the continent. Selected candidates are those who 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. With the financial support of GSK, Investec, Centum, Rio Tinto, GlaxoSmithKline, AGCO, ASO Savings and Lagos State; and in collaboration with Oxford University, the class of 2015 will be exposed to some of the top African and global leaders, strategists and thinkers.

The 2015 Tutu Fellow candidates include:

Name                                      Country           Occupation                 

Mr. Ayodeji Adewunmi          Nigeria                Co-Founder and CEO -

Ms. Uduak Amimo                  Kenya                  Journalist, TV Presenter - Citizen TV

Mr. Wiebe Boer                       Nigeria                 Director, Strategy - Heirs Holdings

Mr. Mawuli Dake                    Ghana                  CEO - The Africa Group Consult

Mr. Husameldin Elnasri        Sudan                  Agribusiness Strategist - DAL Group

Ms. Raqiya Ibrahim                Somaliland         Founder - Somaliland Women’s Lawyers Assoc.

Ms. Ije Ikoku                            Nigeria                Co-Founder - CEC Africa Investments

Mr. Uzodinma Iweala             Nigeria                Co-Founder of Ventures Africa and a physician

Ms. Kopano Mabaso                RSA                     Author/doctor/Rhodes Scholar

Mr. Munyaradzi Murape        Zimbabwe          Divisional Director - CBZ Bank

Ms. Bowale Odumade             Nigeria                Vice-President, Africa Finance Corporation

Mr. Ronald Osumba                Kenya                  Deputy Party Leader - Kenya National Congress

Ms. Samah Salman                  Sudan                  Strategy Manager - DAL Foods

Mr. Landry Signé                     Cameroon           Co-founder & CEO - Global Network for Africa

Ms. Elsabeth T. Tedros           Ethiopia              Sr. Investment Officer, Infrastructure - NEPAD

Ms. Mosunmola Umoru          Nigeria               Farmer/ Agribusiness Entrepreneur

Mr. Craig Wing                         RSA                     Social Entrepreneur & WEF Global Shaper

Mr. Fredrick Murimi Ngari    Kenya                 Company Secretary & Corporate Affairs - Centum

Mr. Mobolaji Adewumi           Nigeria               Special Advisor to MD - ASO Savings

Ms. Theresia Ott                       RSA                    Superintendent, Ecology & Rehabilitation, RioTinto

Ms. Merab Olang                      Kenya                HR Director, Kenya and East Africa - GSK

Mr. Reagile Moatshe                RSA                   Head Asset Finance, Corporate Banking - Investec

“Since we created the Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme 10 years ago, the breadth and quality of talent among the nominated candidates has increased every year,” added Wilson. “Once they complete the programme, these candidates will join the ranks of more than 200 Tutu Fellows, each of whom is making tremendous progress in their respective spheres of influence, from Presidential candidates to Nobel Peace Prize nominees.”

Archbishop Tutu Fellowship Programme

As AFLI’s flagship leadership development programme, the Tutu Leadership Fellowship Programme welcomes an elite group of African leaders, representing a wide range of sectors. Offered on a part-time basis over six months, the Programme includes two nine-day Group Learning Modules with an impressive array of distinguished leaders and faculty; the first at the historic Mont Fleur conference facility in South Africa, and the other module split between Oxford University and London. The programme officially commences on the 25th April 2015.

Between modules, Group Projects are undertaken. Working through the scenario planning methodology and putting it into practice, the objective of these Group Projects is to develop solutions for some of the challenges faced by Africa. In addition, candidates are required to develop their own individual projects (in consultation with their mentors), and submit these in a year-end dissertation for peer review. Over the years, these Community Projects have included improving facilities at disadvantaged schools, introducing solar technology in local neighbourhoods and youth-focused education campaigns. Upon completing the Programme, Tutu Fellows continue to play active roles in their respective communities, countries and spheres of influence. Part of an extensive network of global leaders, all Fellows are expected to attend AFLI alumni events, as well as function as ambassadors for the programme across all segments of society.

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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.