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The voice of Africa’s leaders

The African Leadership Network (ALN) is a community of the most dynamic and influential leaders who are passionate about developing 3 million leaders for Africa by 2035. Our mission is to create a convening place for all those who believe in this vision to transform Africa.

About Us

ALN is a gathering for people who:

  • Believe in and share our vision for developing 3 million leaders for Africa

  • Want to play a meaningful role in this vision (or already do)

  • Want to develop their own skills as leaders, benefiting from leadership development programs themselves

  • Want to build meaningful, purpose-filled relationships with other influential leaders and partner with us on this journey


We believe that great, sustainable communities are built around a common purpose, one that is bigger than any one person in that community. In 2060, when we look back, we hope to see ALN as the ‘glue’ that brought together key players who reshaped the leadership of this continent. The mission ahead of us is a thrilling and challenging undertaking. We hope you will join us in serving this higher calling.


ALN was co-founded in 2010 by Acha Leke and Fred Swaniker. Inspired by gatherings like the World Economic Forum (Davos), TED, the Aspen Institute and the Clinton Global Initiative, they came to understand the value of facilitating relationships between the world’s most powerful leaders. However, Africa was usually on the periphery in these networks. They thus saw the need to create a pan-African network that would bring together the emerging leaders of Africa, where Africa would be center-stage, not on the sidelines.


Today, the network is made up of 2,000 leaders from over 40 African countries; 60% are CEOs, and 40% are leaders in government, civil society and academia.

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