Fellowship Year: 2023
Nationality: Kenya
Job Title: Partner
Organisation: McKinsey & Company


Job Title: Partner

Organisation: McKinsey & Company

Professional History: Amandla Ooko-Ombaka is a development economist focused on agriculture and food, and a Partner at McKinsey & Company. She co-leads McKinsey's global food security initiative and the agri-food practice in Africa, where she collaborates with clients across the globe to better serve their farmers and customers.
Amandla is also a Board Member for Harvard Center for African Studies which she Chairs; and a board member for Fresh Life; Emerging Public Leaders-Kenya; and LendHer Capital. She believes that to transform economies - particularly emerging ones - governments serve a critical role setting the development agenda and enabling private-sector-led growth.
A co-author of several of McKinsey’s acclaimed Africa publications, her work has been featured in various media including Africa.com, BBC, Business Daily, CNBC, CNN and others. She is a frequent speaker and moderator at global fora alongside heads of state and CEOs of leading global businesses. She was named to the 100 Most Influential in Africa (New African) as a Change Maker.
She has obtained a Dubin Fellowship at the Center for Public Leadership, Harvard Kennedy School; a George Fellowship at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Business School; and a President’s Public Service Fellowship at Yale.

Academic and professional credentials: Masters of Business Administration in general management - Harvard Business School
Masters of Public Administration with a focus on International Development - Harvard Business School
BA in Economics and International Studies, with distinction - Yale University



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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.