The African Leadership Network (ALN) has officially opened online applications for its inaugural 2016 Africa Business Fellowship, an initiative that is championed by ALN, Econet, Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT) and Milken Institute.
The Africa Business Fellowship program is designed to provide US citizens and permanent residents who are innovative and ambitious professionals, and have a deep passion for learning about business in Africa. The program will pair business professionals with top Africa based companies over a 3 to 6 month period, providing the opportunity for professionals to gain hands-on experience needed to truly understand the business enterprise in Africa. Participants in the program will also have access to peer mentors and senior-level sponsors, participate in professional development seminars, retreats, and social activities, and become acquainted with their local culture. Fellows will also have the opportunity to build lasting relationships with influential African executives throughout the duration of the program and beyond.
The fellowship program comes at a time when the African continent is decidedly making its mark on the global business scene. In 2015, the continent was recognized as one of the fastest growing regions in the world, even as entrepreneurs and investors are increasingly looking for ways to connect with the continent’s potential. Fred Swaniker, co-founder of the ALN outlines the role the fellowship will play in strengthening business relations between the African continent and the United States. “It will help achieve ALN’s mission of powering Africa’s prosperity. The Africa Business Fellowship will develop leaders who have a deep understanding of—and affinity for—business in Africa,” he mentioned.
At the end of the fellowship, all fellows will have the opportunity to attend the African Leadership Network’s (ALN) Annual Gathering, which brings together some of Africa’s most influential leaders, and to share their experiences during a special session about the Africa Business Fellowship.
Applications open in July 2015, with a scheduled program commencement date in July 2016. For more information, visit: ABF 2016.
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