ALN Team

Fred Swaniker


Fred is the founder of the AL Group, a group of organizations developing leadership in Africa. He has been named as a TED Fellow, an Aspen Institute Fellow, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, an Echoing Green Fellow, one of Africa’s top ten young “power men” by Forbes, and one of 115 young leaders selected to meet President Obama at the White House. A former McKinsey & Company consultant, Fred has an MBA from Stanford Business School and a BA from Macalester College. Originally from Ghana, Fred has lived in several African countries.

Harish Subramanian

Chief Operating Officer, ALN

Adedana Ashebir

Chief of Staff, ALN

JR Kanu

Curriculum Advisor, ALN Ventures

Natasha Metto

Executive Assistant, ALN

Benon Muwonge

Intern, ALN Ventures

Acha Leke


Acha is Senior Partner with McKinsey & Company and Founder of their Lagos office. He has previously worked in McKinsey’s Johannesburg and Atlanta offices. He is also a Co-Founder of the African Leadership Academy. He has been recognized as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and as one of Africa’s top ten young “power men” by Forbes. Acha earned his PhD and MS from Stanford University and BS from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Originally from Cameroon, he splits his time between South Africa and Nigeria.

Yoeal Haile

Chief Strategy Officer, AL Group

Yacob Berhane

Strategy & Investment Manager, ALN Ventures

James Loss-Wells

Head of Partnerships, ALN Ventures

Tumelo Motaung

Database Administrator, ALN

Nangisai Nyamuda

Director of Partnerships, ALN

Isaac Kwaku Fokuo, Jr.

Chief Executive Officer

Isaac is the CEO of ALN. He is also the Principal and Founder of Botho Limited, a strategic advisory firm specializing in investments in emerging markets. He is also Co-Founder and Board Member of the Sino‐Africa Center of Excellence Foundation, an initiative that promotes the exchange of knowledge and ideas between China and Africa. He was honored as a Desmond Tutu Fellow in 2014. Isaac earned his MBA from DePaul University, MA from the University of Chicago, and BA from Hanover College. Originally from Ghana, Isaac now lives in Kenya.

Ninel Musson

Director of Membership, ALN

Jared Eisenberg

Entrepreneur-in-Residence, ALN Ventures

Melissa Mazzeo

Director of Communications, ALN

Yeukai Mudzi

Chief of Staff, AL Group