This article is part of our series “Vocate’s Wall of Fame”. Each person described in the series is someone who has inspired the Vocate team and who we believe represents what “unlocking human potential” means. Quite literally, the Wall of Fame exists in our office (printed out images framed on the wall) and every week we vote on a new honoree.
Fred Swaniker is a Ghanaian entrepreneur and founder of the African Leadership Academy. While attending Stanford Graduate School of Business, Swaniker began developing a business plan for the African Leadership Academy. He believed that the biggest obstacle to growth and development throughout Africa is a lack of effective and strong leadership and created African Leadership Academy as a part of the solution.
Swaniker’s dream of creating an institution to groom future African leaders was soon realized.
Soon after his business plan was finalized, he received financial backing from Silicon Valley connections and officially opened the Academy in 2004 as a residential boarding school. Now, 80% of graduates attend top universities and Ivy League colleges. If they promise to come back to Africa after graduation, most students are able to get their tuition waived.
Swainker was recognized in 2009 as a TED Fellow, in 2012 as a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader in 2012, and in 2011 as one of the Top Ten Young Power Men in Africa as a result of his drive, vision, and hard work. Since 2004 and the the opening of the African Leadership Academy in South Africa, Swaniker has opened two new campuses – one in Mauritius and the other in Rwanda. We hope his work will have a lasting impact on growth, leadership, and overall development in Africa.
For more information, follow this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Swaniker
To learn more about African Leadership Academy, follow this link: http://www.africanleadershipacademy.org/