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Subject African Leadership Academy Dinner at Fairmont Hotel in Washington DC
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I hope this email finds you well and everything is going more than perfect with you. My name is Mokhtar Omar, I am the middle east & north africa project manager for African leadership Academy. African leadership Academy founded in 2004 and is creating opportunity for young African leader and building ecosystem that nurture and support them in their quest to transform Africa. Over a 50- year period, ALA will develop a powerful network of 6,000 leader who will work together to address Africa's greatest Challenges and bring about lasting peace and prosperity to the continent. 



I would like to invite you and a guest to an African Leadership Academy (ALA) Awareness Dinner at 6:30 PM on 26 June at the Fairmont Hotel in Washington DC.  RSVP by calling 718 350 0888 or by email at eoummih@africanleadershipacademy.org



ALA is hosting this dinner in recognition of the role the powerful network of African Diaspora and Friends of Africa play in nurturing the next generation of African Leaders in all sph eres of influence.


As a Friend of Africa, we sincerely hope that you will join us on 26 June.


I would love for you to suggest some other people you think would benefit from attending this event. I really look forward to seeing you there and if you have any questions, please call me at 718 350 0888.


African Leadership Academy:  Leaders Who Will Transform Africa


African Leadership Academy seeks to enable lasting peace and prosperity in Africa by developing and connecting the continent’s future leaders. Africa’s greatest need is ethical and entrepreneurial leadership. Too often, we invest in addressing the symptoms of bad leadership in Africa: we give blankets, food, and medicine to those impacted by war, poverty and famine. But these efforts will never stop unless we develop leaders who prevent wars from occurring in the first place, entrepreneurs who create jobs, and scientists who sustainably increase food production and access to healthcare. African Leadership Academy will develop and connect thousands of transformative young leaders in the next 50 years. 

African Leadership Academy achieves this mission through (1) a robust admissions process that identifies 100 of Africa’s most promising young leaders each year, regardless of background; (2) a rigorous two-year pre-university program that enables intellectual growth and leadership development, including sustained, authentic practice of entrepreneurial leadership, and (3) a lifelong ecosystem that connects these leaders with each other and with transformative opportunities that will expand the scope and scale of their dreams and impact.  Our leadership development formula is relatively simple: we believe that by identifying young leaders with immense potential, enabling them to practice leadership, and connecting them with transformative opportunities, we can develop and empower the next Nelson Mandela, the ne xt Wangari Maathai, and Africa’s Jonas Salk and Steve Jobs. 


Quick Facts 

·         ALA was founded in 2004 by Fred Swaniker, Chris Bradford, Peter Mombaur and Acha Leke. ALA’s Trustees and Advisors include internationally recognized luminaries in business, leadership development, education and social entrepreneurship. 

·         In June 2006, co-founders Fred Swaniker and Chris Bradford were named Echoing Green Fellows and described as two of the “15 best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world.” 

·         Since 2008, ALA has used a multifaceted admissions process to evaluate over 9,000 youth in 42 African nations to select the 380 young leaders in our first four classes – making ALA one of the most selective educational institutions in the world

·         ALA delivers world-class intellectual development and university preparation; three ALA students have placed among the top 10 performers in the world on their Cambridge International Examinations - the most widely administered pre-university examinations in the world. 

·         ALA young leaders have launched 36 non-profit and for-profit enterprises as part of our unique curriculum in entrepreneurial leadership, and five ALA young entrepreneurs have been recognized by the World Economic Forum for the innovative organizations they have launched in their home countries. 

·         ALA’s first two graduating classes have been admitted to the world’s top universities including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Duke, University of Cape Town, London School of Economics and Princeton and have been awarded over US $21 million in university scholarship support. ALA graduates study at every Ivy League university in the USA, and are expected to return to the continent after university studies. 

·         ALA’s supporters span 25 countries on six continents. Our leading supporters include Omidyar Network, The Robertson Foundation, The Bezos Family Foundation, The MasterCard Foundation, Hakeem and Myma Belo-Osagie, Gbenga and Aisha Oyebode, James Mwangi, Oppenheimer family, The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, The Coca-Cola Foundation, Equity Bank, Cisco Systems, The WK Kellogg Foundation, and The Google Foundation.



ALA Young Leaders 

ALA’s young leaders are already demonstrating their ability to drive change on a continental scale, launching projects and realizing dreams that have the potential to transform Africa. They have built non-profit organizations to combat entrenched social issues; they have developed scalable innovations to address local nutritional challenges; they are exploring cutting-edge ideas in science and technology through their on-campus research, they have launched profitable businesses; and they have shared their ideas at various forums on the global stage. 

At ALA, they engage in hands-on leadership and entrepreneurial experiences, and each young leader develops a “culminating project”: either an entrepreneurial business or an innovative social venture that serves as a platform for their future leadership development. ALA continues to cultivate these leaders throughout their lives, in university and beyond, with leadership mentoring and by connecting them with career opportunities and high-impact networks of people and capital. 

For example, William Kamkwamba, a member of ALA’s inaugural class, wrote a best-selling book detailing how he used junkyard scraps to build a windmill and bring electricity to his rural Malawian village. His book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, was named on Amazon.com’s top 10 books of 2009. William is now at Dartmouth studying engineering, having progressed from testing as a 4th-grader (at the age of 20) to the Ivy League in just 3 years due to his development through the ALA program. William has his sights set on building utility-scale wind power projects to dramatically improve the electricity infrastructure in Malawi. The following short (~5 min) documentary was made about William Kamkwamba in 2008 as he began the ALA program. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=arD374MFk4w

At the ALA Leadership Symposium in 2009, Fatoumata Binetou Fall, presented her vision for improved management of water resources in Africa. Fatoumata is from Dakar, Senegal. She became interested in water issues after the long water shortages in her city, when she and her younger sister had to walk long distances to fetch water for their family. Before coming to ALA, Fatoumata was the top student at an all-girls secondary school reserved for the top 30 performers on the Senegal national primary school examinations. Fatoumata speaks six languages: Wolof, English, French, Spanish, Swahili and Arabic. She is currently attending Harvard College. http://www.youtube.com/watc h?v=uJTzOe7Kaxs&feature=related

In September 2011, the inaugural Anzisha Prize was awarded to ALA student, Joel Mwale, to recognize his entrepreneurial success. This eighteen year-old founder of Skydrop Enterprises decided to build a purified water bottling facility near his home in rural Kenya after an outbreak of dysentery hit his community. The Anzisha Prize (www.anzishaprize.com) was established jointly by the ALA Entrepreneurship Centre and the MasterCard Foundation to celebrate and inspire Africa’s young entrepreneurial leaders.  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6lRxir25l8


ALA In The News 

CNN produced a segment about the African Leadership Academy for CNN Africa Voices. The segment aired in October 2011 and is available on-line at http://www.cnn.com/2011/10/28/world/africa/swaniker-african-voices/index.html?iref=allsearch

Princeton University hosted the inaugural ALA Indaba in August 2011 that brought together about 50 ALA graduates with business, political and social sector leaders from both Africa and the U.S.  The enthusiastic opening remarks by Princeton’s President, Shirley Tilghman, set an engaging tone for the discussions between gathered elders and ALA’s young leaders.  The program for the ALA graduates covered most of the week with sessions ranging from college tips shared by the older students to workshops organized by Echoing Green focused on skill development for social entrepreneurship.  Princeton produced a brief video with highlights of the ALA Indaba.  http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S31/66/96O66/?section=featured

National Public Radio aired a segment about ALA on their Morning Edition program in September 2010.  You can listen using the following link:  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129742948

Additional perspective on ALA's program and young leaders is on-line at www.africanleadershipacademy.org and at YouTube on the ALA video channel -- http://www.youtube.com/user/ALAvideochannel -- including video from the grand opening celebration and leadership symposium that ALA hosted in February 2009, where Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Graca Machel Mandela were the keynote speaker



Please contact me If you have any further concern or question. 


Yours sincerely,

Mokhtar Omar

Middle East and North African Project Manager 


Mobile: +201274011170