The Aspen Global Leadership Network community will meet this year in Aspen, Colorado, for the 10th annual Resnick Aspen Action Forum. Save the date for July 27 – 30, 2022.

It is in times of great challenges in the world that the need for values based leadership is most pronounced.

It is during times like these that the skills and values that ALI seeks to imbue are most needed. I am proud that we have seen many ALI fellows raise their hands and make significant contributions to the various national efforts that have ensured that the effects of COVID19 were not as sever severe as originally predicted predicted. 

Leadership and morality are indivisible. Good leaders are the custodians of morality.

ALI was formed in 2003 with the ambition of taking successful people and challenging them to make a significant impact on the world, by thinking more broadly about social justice. When Isaac, Ken and Ali started this fellowship across the continent they knew then, as we know now, that the path to Africa’s greatness starts with great leadership. They were guided by the words of the great Archbishop Desmond Tutu who reminded us that “ Leadership and morality are indivisible. Good leaders are the custodians of morality”. Today we have over 500 fellows across the continent living out those values and taking on the challenges that come with leadership . On the 9th of February this year we will launch the 13th ALI Class in South Africa. Over the last few years, under the leadership of Ralph Freese, we have continued to gather and run classes every year. The fellowship in becoming increasingly resilient as the need for leadership continues to grow. This continued broadening of the fellowship base does require engagement and funding from fellows, so I would urge you to please support the ALI cause and pay it forward, so that we can continue to run these classes.

In addition to Class 13 being launched we will continue to run the Good Society Dialogues. These have proven to be a fruitful opportunity for increased fellow engagement. We also plan to have our third Africa Impact Forum this year- after successful ones at Spier and in Accra, we hope to do this one in Kigali, Rwanda.  I look forward to seeing some of you at these events. And if you really can’t make these then we can always meet at the Aspen Impact Forum in Colorado. 

All the best to you and your families in 2022.

July 2020