Fellowship Eyes Next-Generation African Leaders

    Mo Ibrahim, founder and chairman of the Ibrahim Foundation, signs a partnership agreement for the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships program with Abdoulie Janneh, executive secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, on April 7, 2011. Photo by: Mo Ibrahim Foundation

    A new fellowship program is seeking aspiring African leaders aged below 40 – or under 45 if they are women with children.

    The Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships program is a partnership between the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, African Development Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and World Trade Organization. It aims to provide mentoring opportunities for the next generation of outstanding leaders in Africa.

    “Anyone travelling around Africa today will be impressed by the rising generation of new talent across business and politics that is shaping the continent’s future,” said Mo Ibrahim, a billionaire Sudanese-British mobile communications entrepreneur and founder of the Ibrahim Foundation, said in an April 7 press release. “The Fellowships will give a select group the experience and training they need to play a leading role in furthering our continent.”

    Under the program, AfDB, UNECA and WTO will each host Ibrahim fellows for 12 months. Candidates should be African nationals with 7-10 years of relevant work experiences and master’s degrees.

    The foundation said it will announce a call for applications for the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowships in the coming months.

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