The Network: Unleashed

Tafadzwa Matika ‘10 Leading Change through Public Health and Agriculture

Tafadzwa Matika ’10 always had a passion for pursuing a career in Public Health, but he could hardly imagine combining this journey with a concurrent career path through agriculture. After…

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Coca-Cola’s Global Executive Team Engages ALA on Talent Development

On the 7th of November, African Leadership Academy hosted the Coca-Cola Global Executive Team, led by its Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, James Quincey, for a learning visit centered on…


Spencer Horne ’08’s Cloudline Soars to Quartz Africa Innovators List 2019

This past month has seen ALA alumnus Spencer Horne’s innovative logistics company, Cloudline, win big. The revolutionary startup not only earned Spencer a spot on this year’s Quartz Africa Innovators List but was also announced the winner of Santam’s Safety Ideas Challenge – walking away with R100 000 in incubator funding and seed capital.

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Júlia Agudogo ’11 Creates a Low-Cost Cervical Cancer Screening Tool

As a Biomedical Engineering student at Duke University, Júlia Sroda Agudogo ’11 designed a low-cost non-invasive cervical screening tool for women, earning first place at the Rice 360 Global Health Design Competition. She has now taken this further as part of the core founding team that envisioned, created, and runs The Calla Campaign that recently designed and optimized a novel cervical visualization device, called a Callascope Inserter, for use in low-resource settings.

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Liberia’s President Commissions Changemakers Village, Founded by Marvin Tarawally ’11 and James Kiawoin ’08

Liberian President, George Weah emphasized the importance of education for Liberia’s development at the official launch of SMART Liberia’s Changemakers Village earlier this year, providing a stamp of approval for Marvin Tarawally ’11, James Kiawoin ’08 and their team who co-founded SMART Liberia to provide much needed support for students and entrepreneurs in Liberia. Since its founding, the organization has worked with over 25 schools and directly impacted over 500 students.

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Tapiwa Gambura ’18 announced as winner of the Jozi Film Festival

When ALA student Tapiwa Gambura purchased her very first camera in November 2018, she never imagined that less than a year later she would be the winner of a major film festival. Nevertheless, on October 6th, Tapiwa celebrated as she received a $2,500 check for winning the Jozi Film Festival and Discovery Network’s “Real Stories By Real People” award with her short film, Redefining the Road.

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Beauclaire Mbanya ’14 Receives $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace Grant

Junior Beauclaire Mbanya (’14), currently studying Chemical Engineering at the University of Rochester, was recently awarded a Davis Project for Peace grant for his program “Togetherness for Peace”, which he hosted in his hometown of Douala, Cameroon.

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Deepshikha Parmessur ’13 appointed Prime Minister of Mauritius National Youth Parliament

Deepshikha Parmessur (’13), was recently appointed Prime Minister at the Mauritius National Youth Parliament, becoming the first female holder of the office, and adding a prominent layer to her growing profile in the public sector.

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Say Hello to ALA’s Class of 2019!

From entrepreneurs and activists to inventors and artists, our 12th cohort of students has finally arrived on campus, and we are incredibly excited to meet and welcome them to the ALA community.


ALA’s Africa Careers Network Trains Teachers Across the Continent

How do you equip young students from across the African continent in order for them to fast track their career trajectories for maximum impact? Train the Trainer, a pilot program born out of a partnership between ALA’s Africa Careers Network (ACN) and the Mastercard Foundation, sought to find this out.


My Experience Leading ALA Recruitment in Francophone Africa…And Working Remotely

Although I work remotely, I constantly meet people and for me, the greatest rewards is to see the vision of ALA unfold in the lives of young Africans.


Deborah Alongi ’14: Using Education to Build Communities in Kinshasa, DRC

When ALA alumnus Deborah Alongi ’14 boarded a plane home to Kinshasa after completing her two-year diploma at African Leadership Academy, she was not sure what awaited her as she…

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Tiassa Mutunkei (’18) Advocates for Wildlife at the 2019 NEWF Congress

African Leadership Academy second year student and #Teens4Wildlife founder, Tiassa Mutunkei (18), spoke passionately about ending the illegal wildlife trade at the 2019 Nature, Environment & Wildlife Filmmakers Congress (NEWF)…


Tanatsei Gambura ’17 Wins Prestigious Diana Award for Social Impact Work

ALA alumnus Tanatsei Gambura ’17 was recently named a Diana Award recipient for her crucial work with 25 May Movement – a creative collective that she founded at the age…

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Iminza Mbwaya ’12 Selected as Student Graduation Speaker at IE University

“Everything that marks our reality was once the dream of a pioneering mind, gradually realized through deliberate effort” – Iminza Mbwaya

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ALA’s “Do Something Cool” Featured on Ted Dintersmith’s Innovation Playlist

DSC was established around a single purpose: that all entrepreneurial leaders should demonstrate the capacity for self-directed learning and creation


Can Social Enterprises Be Profitable?

By Daniel Mpala Twenty-one-year old Joan Nalugeba’s dreams of a world without malaria — and the Ugandan entrepreneur believes her company’s mosquito repellent soap will do just that, while proving…


ALA’s Homecoming Spotlight: Trevor Kibet

24 year-old Trevor Kibet left Karen, Nairobi at the young age of 16 in pursuit of building his skills, intellect and networks so that he would be able to come…

ALA’s South African Ideas Festival 2019

Every year, 24 student and educator scholar teams from across the U.S. and a team of six from the African Leadership Academy are selected as Bezos Scholars. The Bezos Scholars Program…

ALA DeJen Parents Association hosts Parents Weekend

The Academy was proud to host a strong network of parents over a 2-day gathering of academic celebration and social connection. The ALA DeJen Parents Association provides parents with the…