December 2016 newsletter from the African Leadership Institute
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Co-Founder's end-of-year message

2016 has been a year of dramatic global change in the US, Europe and the East, which combined with rapid technological change means that the future global environment is likely to be very different to what may have been envisaged at the beginning of the year. This new world order will create significant stress for leaders and managers who are unable to change and adapt, but opportunities will arise for nimble flexible leaders who have the ability to unlearn and relearn new ways of doing things. Change is in the air across the world, and even though it could be discordant and disruptive, it could be an exciting time for opportunistic young African leaders.

New CEO and 10-Year Celebration (video)

My appointment as AFLI CEO on October 1, 2016, coincided with the planning for the 10th Anniversary celebration that was to take place between November 18 and 20.  The planning for the event was most definitely, my baptism of fire!!  But, I am happy to report that the event went swimmingly thanks to our sponsors, The Barclays Africa Group, Investec, AGCO, GlaxoSmithKline and Pulse Health; the help of a great organising committee; and the Fellows who participated. I invite you all to experience the magic of that weekend, some of which is captured on the AFLI video of the 10th Anniversary Celebration. It shows the tone, excitement and thoughtfulness of the Fellows who attended this milestone in the history of the organization and the network of exceptional people.  Happy viewing!

From refugee to Vice President

2013 Tutu Fellow Nuradin Osman has been promoted to Vice President and General Manager for Africa at AGCO, the 3rd-largest global manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment.  Osman's steady rise in the ranks at AGCO belies his difficult beginning. A Somali, Osman's family lost everything twice due to drought and civil war, prompting him to leave his country as a boy and walk across Ethiopia into Kenya.


AI and jobs - destroyer or creator?

2010 Fellow Bright Simons weighs in on the debate on how technology is changing the workforce landscape. He examines the arguments on how artificial intelligence - AI - is likely to impact the the jobs market. Will AI result in layoffs or not?

An approach to leading in the dark

The Tutu Fellowship programme requires each participant to write an essay on leadership in Africa.  Each year, some of the top essays are selected for publishing on the website. In this one, 2016 Fellow Neema Ndunguru writes about the challenges of being a leader in Africa and how Africans must guard their freedoms to think as well as act to ensure the mistakes of the past are not repeated.

Girls' STEM foundation wins Award

A nonprofit focused on empowering African girls through education, training and mentoring in the Science, Tech, Engineering and Math fields (STEM) has won an award from Google. 2014 Tutu Fellow Lade Araba's Visiola Foundation was given a Google RISE award to help it increase access to computer science education.

Period Pain - the novel

2015 Tutu Fellow Kopano Matlwa has release her 3rd novel, titled Period Pain.  Matlwa, who is a medical doctor, has authored two other award-winning novels. Period Pain is about the difficulties experienced by so many South Africans set against the backdrop of the nation's ailing public health system.

Tutu Fellow heads Agricultural Economists

2007 Tutu Fellow Edward Mabaya has been elected president of the African Association of Agricultural Economists.  He is the associate director of the Cornell International Institute for Food, Agriculture and Development and his work has been in high-quality, locally-adapted and affordable seeds for smallholder farms.

Norman Borlaug Award goes to Tutu Fellow

2012 Tutu Fellow Dr. Andrew Mude has won the 2016 Norman Borlaug Award for Field Research and Application.  He and his team developed an innovative use of satellite technology to support livestock insurance for vulnerable herding communities in the Horn of Africa. Before his approach was implemented, herders had no access to insurance to protect their stock when drought occurred.

In the quest for climate justice, who's left out?

Morocco has become a key player in international climate politics and assumed the Presidency of this year's UN Climate Conference, known as COP 22.  But as 2013 Tutu Fellow Catherine Constantinides observes, while such an important responsibility has been entrusted to an African country, Morocco has repeatedly displayed profound contempt for international law - and the UN - in its occupation of the Western Sahara.

Women, resilience, and the will to lead

Linda Kasonde, the first female President of the Law Association of Zambia and a 2014 Tutu Fellow, examines the challenges still prevalent in a world in which womens' ambitions are not treated as equal, nor their abilities. No 'mansplaining' needed. 

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