Allen & Overy (A&O), a leading international law firm, recently announced that two of its Johannesburg based lawyers, Ngisana Mngomezulu and Ben Whitelaw, would participate in the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership programme run by the African Leadership Institute (AFLI) and Oxford University.
The 2017 Tutu Fellowship cohort comprises 27 candidates picked from a pool of nearly 300 nominees from more than 30 African countries. They are considered to be among 27 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders between 29 and 39 years of age, all selected to take part in the programme that is now in its 12thyear.
AFLI has hand-picked individuals who represent various industries, across 12 African countries. The selected candidates demonstrate the wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.
A&O has a strong African presence, providing legal services for global business and industry, and is delighted with its employees participating in this acclaimed programme.
“We were thrilled to host Jackie, the AFLI CEO, as keynote speaker at one of our quarterly breakfast briefings, held for our lawyers and support staff. As a result of learning about the work that the AFLI does in developing young African leaders, we felt that this was an ideal moment for us to partner with AFLI, as a sponsor, in advancing opportunities for young leaders in Africa,” says Jane Waters, A&O South Africa Chief Operating Officer.
“The calibre of applicants was particularly high and we battled to arrive at our final selection. It was clear, from the applications received, that there are many young people committed to and actively working towards a better Africa. The Tutu Leadership Fellowship was created in order to maximise the impact that leadership can have, whether at a country level, across the continent or even globally,” says Dr Jackie Chimhanzi, AFLI Chief Executive Officer.
Tutu Fellows are exceptional African leaders from all walks of life and different parts of society who use their leadership abilities to help transform the continent. Selected candidates are those who have demonstrated they have the potential to be top level leaders in their chosen fields in Africa within the next few years and who will lead with integrity, strong values and passion for their fellow Africans. The Class of 2017 will be exposed to some eminent African and global leaders, strategists and thinkers.