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The 2018 Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellowship’s candidates have been selected through a competitive, open nomination and selection process. The selected candidates demonstrate the incredible wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.These candidates represent ten different African countries and various industries, and range from 30 to 39 years of age.


The participants, numbering 27, were selected from among 300 nominees from over 30 African countries, including those nominated by sponsoring organisations – Allen & Overy, Barclays Africa Group, Centum, GlaxoSmithKline, Investec, Rio Tinto, and ThomsonReuters.


Among the emerging African leaders are 16 distinct African women; Omoni Oboli, actress and film director; Serah Makka, Nigeria Country Director for ONE Campaign; Temi Marcella Awogboro, investment professional; Mical Maganda Agina  Group Head of Tax at Centum Investment Company Plc.(Centum); Claudia Pinto Baptista  HR Officer at Rio Tinto Johannesburg; Alice Namuli Blazevic is a Partner at Katende, Ssempebwa & Company Advocates, Samira Hassanally Director  Absa Banking team; Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg (Ph.D) Lead Researcher, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD); Makoena Mabusela, Investec Bank; Hassanatu Mansaray , Senior Policy Specialist at the African Development Bank (AfDB); Caroline Mbabazi Co-founder and managing partner,  Dictum Communications; Nozipho Mbanjwa Moderator, Broadcaster and Co-Founder and CEO of The Talent Firm; Babalwa Nonkenge is  Head, Edcon Programme; Lynette Ntuli  Founding Director and CEO of Innate Investment Solutions;  Judy Sikuza Deputy Executive Director of The Mandela Rhodes Foundation; Zoë Karl-Waithaka Principal. Officer in the Johannesburg office of Bain & Company.


Their male Nigerian counterparts include; Adebola Williams, CEO of RED;  Chude Jideonwo, Founder of Joy, Inc.; Oluseun Onigbinde, Lead Partner and Co-founder of BudgIT;  and Aminu Umar Sadiq, a Senior Vice-President of the Nigeria Sovereign Investment Authority (NSIA).


The fellowship provides participants with intensive learning and broad experience on the principles and application of leadership, an opportunity to explore the issues and specific characteristics of leadership in Africa, including the global challenges and dimensions of an African leader.


As part of this network of global leaders, all Fellows are expected to attend AFLI alumni events, including functioning as ambassadors for the Fellowship across all segments of society.Upon completing the programme, Tutu Fellows return to play active roles in their respective communities, countries and spheres of influence.


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