Class of 2017 Tutu Leadership Programme Selected

Class of 2017 Tutu Leadership Programme Selected

Eleven African countries represented among 26 candidates

The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) is proud to announce the 2017 intake of selected candidates for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  Amongst nearly 300 nominees from over 30 African countries, 26 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme.  According to Dr Jackie Chimhanzi, CEO of AFLI, “the calibre of applicant was particularly high and we battled to arrive at our final selection.  It was clear, from the applications received, that there are many young people committed to and actively working towards a better Africa.”  Spanning various industries, representing 11 African countries and ranging from 29 to 39 years of age, the selected candidates demonstrate the wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.


“We believe that 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,” commented Peter Wilson, co-founder of AFLI.  “The Tutu Leadership Fellowship was created in order to maximise the impact that leadership can have, whether at a country level, across the continent or even globally.”


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 chosen fields in Africa within the next few years and who will lead with integrity, strong values and passion for their fellow Africans.  With the financial support of GlaxoSmithKline, Investec, Centum, Rio Tinto, Barclays Africa, Thomson Reuters and Allen & Overy and in collaboration with Oxford University, the Class of 2017 will be exposed to some of top African and global leaders, strategists and thinkers.


 The Class of 2017 is below:

  •      Jude “MI” Abaga – CEO Chocolate City Music & Entertainment and UN Goodwill Ambassador – Nigeria
  •     Abayomi Awobokun – Founder Service Liquids & Gas – Nigeria
  •     Mitoha Ondo’o Ayekaba – Corporate Social Responsibility Co-ordinator, Marathon EG Production – Equatorial Guinea
  •     Andiswa Bata – Principal, Syndicate, Barclays Africa Group – South Africa
  •     Elizabeth Elango Bintliff – CEO of Junior Achievement Africa – Cameroon
  •     Yap Boum II – Regional Representative for Epicenter Africa & Co-founder of Kmerpad – Cameroon
  •     Stacey Brewer – Co-Founder, SPARK Schools, South Africa
  •     Sonkita Conteh – Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Sierra Leone and Director, Namati Law Firm – Sierra Leone
  •     Candice Dott – Head of Market Development across Africa, Thomson Reuters – South Africa
  •     Rosy Fynn – Marketing Director, Airtel Ghana – Ghana
  •     Dirk Holshausen – Investment Manager, CDC & Founder of The Africa List – Zimbabwe
  •     Natalie Jabangwe – CEO EcoCash, Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe
  •     Samuel Kariuki – Group CFO, Centum Investment Company – Kenya
  •     Mimi Kalinda – Co-Founder and MD of the AfriCommunications Group – Democratic Republic of Congo
  •     Onyinye Ibeneche-Avbovbo – Manager, Bain & Company – Nigeria
  •     Itumeleng Merafe – Head of Structuring in the Corporate and Institutional Banking division at Investec Bank – South Africa
  •     Ngisana Mngomezulu – Senior Associate, Allen & Overy – South Africa
  •     William Mwiti – Director: Quality and Risk Management, Africa and Developing Countries of Asia at GlaxoSmithKline – Kenya
  •     John-Allan Namu – Investigative journalist and Co-founder of Africa Uncensored – Kenya
  •     Sam Ngcolomba – Attorney and Founder of Lady Liberty – Zimbabwe
  •     Fayelle Ouane – Novartis Social Business Cluster Head, West and Central Africa and Co-founder of The Impact Hub Bamako – Mali
  •     ‘Bosun Tijani – Founder and CEO of the Co-Creation Hub – Nigeria
  •     Rori Tshabalala – Founder and CEO of Chapter One Innovation – South Africa
  •     Hema Vallabh – WomHub and WomEng Co-Founder and Founder of The Passionate Professional – South Africa
  •     Ben Whitelaw – Legal Associate, Allen & Overy – South Africa
  •     Ahmed Zahran – CEO and Co-founder, KarmSolar – Egypt


Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme

 Offered on a part-time basis over six months, the programme includes two nine-day workshops with an impressive array of distinguished leaders and faculty.  The first is at the historic Mont Fleur conference facility in South Africa in April, and the other module is split between Oxford University and London in September.  Mont Fleur is symbolic as the venue where different scenarios of South Africa post-1994 were deliberated. Candidates are also required to write essays on an aspect of leadership in Africa.  As a forward-looking programme, in groups, the Tutu Fellows engage in Africa Scenario projects, contemplating how dynamics on the continent could play out.  Given the servant leadership focus, Fellows are also required to develop a community project.  Over the years, Fellows’ community projects have included affordable housing for students in Mozambique, the Kenyan TV show, Africa Leadership Dialogues and improving facilities at disadvantaged schools. More at: Case Studies. Upon completing the programme, Tutu Fellows continue to play active roles in their respective communities and spheres of influence. 


About AFLI

 Founded in 2004 by Peter Wilson (Rhodes Scholar, Zimbabwe) and Sean Lance (international business leader, South Africa), with the support of Oxford University, the African Leadership Institute developed the continent’s premier leadership programme.  Since the creation of its flagship programme a decade ago, 280 Tutu Fellows have gone through the programme.  The Archbishop Tutu Leadership Programme selects high-potential candidates from across Africa and includes a strong focus on the values and ethics of leadership. These individuals represent a powerful network of exceptional leadership from a wide range of sectors aiming to extend the benefits of their learning and experiences to the broader community. The vision is clear – to build a critical mass of visionary, strategic, self-aware and ethical leaders across the continent who, together, become the catalysts for change and the transformation of Africa. 

 For more information, please visit the African Leadership Institute’s website.


For further information, please contact:

Dr Jackie Chimhanzi


+27 83 501 1078


1 Comment
  • Christy

    May 10, 2017 at 9:43 am Reply

    I told my gromenathdr how you helped. She said, “bake them a cake!”

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