Fellowship Year: 2023
Nationality: Nigeria
Job Title: Executive Director
Organisation: The Amazon Leadership Initiative (TheALI)


Job Title: Executive Director

Organisation: The Amazon Leadership Initiative (TheALI)

Professional History: Mary Izobo is the Founder and Executive Director of The Amazon Leadership Initiative (TheALI). TheALI empowers women and girls, fosters inclusivity in leadership roles, and provides mentorship and education to alleviate gender inequality. She is an international human rights lawyer, gender equality advocate, and governance specialist.
Prior to starting up TheALI, Mary was the Legal Advisor of the African Peer Review Mechanism, an organ of the African Union, and has worked for the United Nations; the Institute for Strategic Litigation in Africa; and the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa.
She is the recipient of several awards, including Africa's Top Legal Millennial - The Amazon of Women's Rights, for her work in promoting gender equality in Africa; a Certificate of Excellence as Futurist Activist by Transdisciplinary Agora for Future Discussions for her advocacy on human rights in Africa; an Award of Recognition as SPE Top Pathfinders for her honourable achievements as one of the 60 Pathfinders being celebrated as thriving women in the spirit of Nigeria’s 60th independence; and, a State Honors Award for Public Service for her outstanding contributions to the development of Kaduna State, Nigeria.
She is studying for her PhD in International Law and Governance at the University of Pretoria.

Academic and professional credentials: Bachelor of Arts in French Language and French Literature - University of Ibadan, Nigeria
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) - University of Aberdeen, Scotland
Barrister at Law, Nigerian Law School Bwari, Abuja, Nigeria
Master of Laws (LLM) in Human Rights and Democratization in Africa - University of Pretoria; South Africa
Master of Laws (LLM) in Rule of Law for Development - Loyola University Chicago USA
Doctor of Laws (LLD) in International Law and Governance - University of Pretoria, South Africa (under way)



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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.