Fred Swaniker is a Ghanaian-born serial Entrepreneur, Business Consultant and the Founder of the African Leadership Academy (ALA), a world class co-educational, residential secondary boarding school based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
ALA recruits outstanding students from across Africa and prepares them for a future of leadership.
Fred is deeply passionate about Africa and believes that the missing ingredient on the continent is good leadership.
In line with this, he has founded two organizations that aim to catalyze a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders: African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network.
In recognition of his work in developing Africa’s future leaders, Swaniker was selected as one of 115 young leaders to meet US President Obama at the first-ever President’s Forum for Young African Leaders held at the White House in 2010.
He has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was listed by Forbes Magazine among the top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa in 2011. In addition, he was also recognized by Echoing Green as one of fifteen “Best Emerging Social Entrepreneurs in the World” in 2006.
Swaniker was a 2009 TED Fellow and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network.
Swaniker began his professional career as a consultant with Mckinsey and Company and has an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class at the business school.
Swaniker has lived and worked in about 10 different African countries.