YALI Mandela Washington Fellows to Convene in Johannesburg

JOHANNESBURG, May 15, 2015 / PRNewswire — President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is hosting the 1st Annual Southern Africa Regional Conference for Mandela Washington Fellows in Johannesburg, South Africa from May 17-19, 2015. Over 130 promising and accomplished Fellows are going to share their stories of professional leadership development and discuss collaborative plans for the future of the continent. They will be joined by some of Africa’s most notable leaders in the private sector, the U.S. Government, and international and local organizations.

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Event speakers include:

  • Sir James Mancham, Former President of the Republic of Seychelles
  • H.E. Monica Geingos, First Lady of Namibia
  • Ambassador Patrick H. Gaspard, U.S. Ambassador to South Africa
  • Cheryl Anderson, Mission Director, USAID/Southern Africa
  • Moeletsi Mbeki, Deputy Chairman, South African Institute of International Affairs

The Mandela Washington Fellowship brings 500 young African professionals from across the continent to U.S. universities for six weeks of leadership training in the areas of business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, or public management. Competitively selected for this prestigious flagship program, the Fellows represent the continent’s emerging generation of entrepreneurs, community leaders, and public officials.

The Southern African Fellows include participants from Angola, Botswana, Comoros, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, South Africa, Swaziland, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

USAID and IREX support Mandela Washington Fellows with continuing professional development opportunities in Africa, to advance these young leaders along their professional leadership trajectories.

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