ALI East Africa (ALI EA) is one of the Africa Leadership Initiative divisions. ALI EA collaborates with the other ALI divisions in South Africa, West Africa, and Mozambique fostering a continent-wide community of effective leadership. Our Fellows are influential individuals, who have left significant footprints in their respective fields and are committed to promoting – and personally exemplifying — effective, values-based leadership in their countries.
The ALI-EA Fellowship Programme provides a distinctive blend of seminars that broadens perspectives, and fosters the growth of values-driven, community-focused leaders. By bringing together leaders from across diverse sectors such as business, government, and civil society, the programme fosters insightful dialogue and mutual growth. Our vision is to channel thought into action by equipping and then encouraging Fellows to implement projects that are aimed at creating positive social change within their communities, countries, and regions.
The selection process for our Fellows emphasizes a commitment to excellence and ethical leadership. Our experienced Selection Committee applies carefully tailored criteria, ensuring a dynamic class enriched with varied perspectives that encourage insightful discourse and collaboration.
Each Fellowship class, comprising 22 distinguished fellows, is selected from candidates nominated by our ALI Fellows alumni. This intensive two-year programme features:
During the seminar each fellow identifies and begins a personal leadership project reflecting his/her passions with support from Fellows and Mentors who share similar interests. These projects mark the beginning of each Fellow's commitment to action and their impact on their communities and the East Africa region in general. This action and impact are the defining characteristics of an ALI-EA Fellow.
Nominations are open from the 1st of August to the 30th of November each year. Candidates must be between the ages of 35 and 50 and should be established leaders in their businesses, civil society, and government sectors. They must be willing to leverage their success to have a significant impact in Africa.
ALI Fellows are nominated by recognized business and community leaders or ALI Alumni. Nominators should highlight:
An Immersion in diverse leadership styles, from the likes of Martin Luther King Jr. to Nelson Mandela. With cases such as HIV/AIDS in Africa and international labor practices, Fellows craft a personalized handbook of effective leadership traits.
Fellows shape their vision of an ideal society by engaging with a diverse range of thinkers and reflecting on the government's role and economic trade-offs.
This seminar provides a deep dive into the many facets of globalization—its economic, political, scientific, cultural, and ethical dimensions. Fellows explore the demands of global capital, the future of the African Union, corruption eradication, the rise of Asian outsourcing, and the significance of financial remittances to local economies.
The final seminar is introspective allowing Fellows the opportunity to share their Leadership Project experiences and explore discussions around work-life balance, community engagement, and personal legacy. This seminar marks the beginning of their transition from success to significance.
During the seminar series, each Fellow identifies and initiates a personal leadership project that reflects their passion. Supported by Fellows and Mentors who share similar interests, these projects are the first steps towards action and making a significant impact on their communities and the broader East African region, defining the essence of an ALI-EA Fellow.
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