African Leadership Group (AL Group) is an ecosystem of institutions which share a common vision: transforming Africa by developing and connecting a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders. The institutions in the AL Group were all founded by Fred Swaniker, a serial entrepreneur with a pan-African vision. Click here to watch Fred’s TED talk which outlines his vision for leadership.
AL Group is not a legal entity. Each of the institutions affiliated with it are registered and managed independently.
Read more about the individual institutions below.
African Leadership Academy seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting the next generation of African leaders.
ALU is a world-class tertiary institution offering undergraduate programs that will develop the future leaders of Africa.
African Leadership Network is the premier, invitation-only community of the most dynamic and influential leaders in Africa.
Fred is deeply passionate about developing and engaging Africa’s leaders for the continent’s prosperity and he was one of 115 young leaders to meet US President Obama (2010). In recognition of his work, Fred has been honored as a TED Fellow, an Aspen Institute Fellow, a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader and as one of fifteen “best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world” according to Echoing Green (2006). He was also listed by Forbes among the top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa (2011). A former McKinsey consultant, Fred has an MBA from Stanford Business School and a BA from Macalester College.
Steve is a world-renowned consultant, facilitator and speaker in the area of leadership development. As President and Founder of SFB Associates, a global consulting practice, he and his colleagues have helped leaders at all level in many of today’s top performing corporations including Cargill, Bank of Montreal, General Mills, Exxon Mobil, HP, Medtronic and Merck. Previously, Steve served as Assistant Dean of Students at Princeton University, and as a youth minister (for 8 years). Steve is a graduate of Princeton University, the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and Princeton Theological Seminary.
Yoeal manages finances, operations and fundraising efforts for the AL Group. In this role, he works to create, communicate, execute, and sustain strategic initiatives. Prior to joining the AL Group, Yoeal worked as an Equity Derivatives Associate for Merrill Lynch in their Hong Kong office. Yoeal also spent time working at Exxon Mobil in their corporate strategy division and at General Electric as a design engineer. Yoeal has an MBA in Finance and Management from The Wharton School and a BS in Industrial Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Tariro is a Special Projects Associate in the Chairman’s office. She is part of the team which assists the Chairman in coordinating activities and projects in the AL Group. Prior to joining ALG, Tariro interned for impact organizations in Africa including New Faces New Voices, Endeavor SA and Consultancy Africa Intelligence. She co-founded a student run business, Tamasha House of Entertainment whilst studying at ALA. In university, Tariro served as the Vice President for Business Entrepreneurship and Management society (BEAMs) and co-initiated Eyes on Africa, a panel discussion platform which provides intellectual and multifaceted views on African issues. Tariro hails from Zimbabwe and received a BA in Global Economics and Management from Jacobs University Bremen in Germany.
Biggie Tangane is a Special Projects Associate at the Chairman’s Office at AL Group. In this role, he manages a variety of projects, designs and implements strategy, and coordinates activities across teams. Biggie graduated from American University in Washington, DC with a BA in International Studies, and was selected as the university’s inaugural Emerging Global Leadership Scholar. Biggie was selected as the only intern for Bloomberg as they co-hosted the historical U.S.-Africa Business Forum with President Barrack Obama and 45 African Heads of State. He is also a proud graduate of one of AL Group’s institutions – African Leadership Academy. Biggie has lived in Botswana, South Africa, Belgium and the United States.