Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Funded by: U.S. Department of State Date Range: 2014 - Present Project Lead: Pulte Institute Notre Dame Collaborators: ESTEEM, Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Mendoza College of Business

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI). Since its start in 2014, the program has empowered young people through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking.

To date, the Pulte Institute has hosted 150 fellows from 36 countries for a six-week Leadership in Business Institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. In collaboration with the Keough School for Global Affairs, the IDEA Center and the Mendoza College of Business the Fellows learn new skills in design thinking, social entrepreneurship, business modeling and planning, strategic leadership and personal and professional branding, as well as applying foresight and innovation. Already successful business leaders in their own right, the Mandela Washington Fellows return to their home countries to use their new skills in leading organizations, communities, and countries. 

We're grateful for the support from the U.S. Department of State who has sponsored this successful program and to IREX, the cooperative agency that implements the Mandela Washington Fellowship. We are also grateful to the IBM Corporation who also provides support for this project.

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