Last year, the African Leadership Network and Econet, along with Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) launched the Africa Business Fellowship (ABF) at the Milken Institute Global Conference. The fellowship is based on Econet Founder and Chairman Strive Masiyiwa’s vision to create a new generation of American advocates for increased Africa trade, investment, and collaboration. ABF is a placement fellowship that matches young American business leaders with African companies for three or six month placements. Applicants are entrepreneurs, mid or senior level career professionals, or recent MBA graduates.
The programme received more than 200 applications and after a rigorous selection process, an inaugural cohort of 13 Fellows was chosen. The Fellows boast an average of 10 years of work experience and are currently embedded with Safaricom, Dangote Foundation, Thomson Reuters, Orbit Chemicals, Intex, GE, Atlas Mara, Kuramo Capital, Liquid Telecom, Zeleman Communications, Printivo, Hotels.ng, and of course Econet. We would like to thank these companies for supporting ABF’s vision and participating in the first year of the programme.
Fellows met ALN ABF Programme Director Adedana Ashebir, MLT CEO and Founder John Rice, and Strive Masiyiwa at an ABF U.S. Orientation held in New York City on 3 June. The orientation included panel discussions, a case study, an evening cocktail reception and a Fireside Chat with Strive Masiyiwa.
The enthusiastic Fellows have begun projects in Ethiopia (1 Fellow), Kenya (7 Fellows), Nigeria (3 Fellows), the United Arab Emirates (1 Fellow), and Zimbabwe (1 Fellow). All Fellows are to meet with ALN members for a local in-country orientation session. Our thanks to Yoadan Tilahun (Addis Ababa), Ngozi Edozien (Lagos), Tsitsi Mutendi (Harare), Alim Ladha (Dubai), and Isaac Kwaku Fokuo, Jr. (Nairobi) for volunteering to host the fellows and sharing your valuable personal experiences on living and doing business in each country.
If you are based in any of the 5 cities listed above and have an interest in meeting ABF Fellows, please let us know by emailing us. As part of the programme, some of our ABF Fellows will attend this year’s Annual Gathering in Mauritius, and you will also have the opportunity to engage with them there.
Lastly, 2017 Africa Business Fellowship applications are now open! Please visit www.africabusinessfellowship.com for more information. First round deadline is on November 1, and the second (and final) round deadline is on December 1.