Africa Venture

A programme for emerging leaders across Africa.

The Africa Venture is an annual pan-African leadership programme which assembles exceptional emerging leaders from government, businesses and non-profits across Africa, including north, south, east, west and central Africa.

The programme enables the transfer of knowledge, know-how and inspiration across the generations, involving some of the most inspiring leaders in the world today. It creates a new generation of African leaders who have the Cultural Intelligence to work fluidly and flexibly across the continent, who have the analytical and creative skills to use diversity to spark innovation, and who have extraordinarily broad African networks.

The inaugural Africa Venture took place in 2016. High points included quality engagement with Sir James Mancham, former President of the Republic of Seychelles, and Chandrika Kumaratunga, former President of Sri Lanka, as well as a range of leaders in the cities of Nairobi, Kenya and Mysore, India. Read the report here.


Upcoming dates:

Phase 1 :
12 March – 30 March 2018

Phase 2 : 4 days – 17-20 April 2018 (Nigeria) 

Phase 3 : 9 April – 17 August 2018

Phase 4 : 21-24 August 2018 (South Asia)

Sbu Ngwane, Partner Market Executive, Discovery Health, South Africa

"Taking leadership seriously isn’t just about leadership, it is an investment in your life and growth. The programme challenges your innermost core, asking “Who are you? What are you? Why are you? Why do you lead?”

Africa Venture 2016

The Africa Venture develops emerging leaders from across Africa through a leadership programme that includes focused, personal, privileged and generous interaction between this rising generation of leaders.

How does it work?

The challenge

The programme will focus on a compelling challenge facing Africa today. A ‘Think Tank’ of senior leaders from around the continent has set the challenge:

“How does Africa leapfrog the developed world in renewable energy?”

Participants will explore the challenge from every possible angle and will see both the problems and the possible solutions. They then work up practical ideas in response to the challenge, which they present to a panel of senior leaders.

Blended learning

The programme follows a blended learning approach, with two online phases interspersed with two contact modules. The seamless integration of contact and online learning enables participant to continue to develop their ideas, grow their Cultural Intelligence and develop their relationships before and between the face-to-face modules, even though they are dispersed across the continent. The two contact modules each comprise four intensive days of learning.

The participants are guided through a process of creativity and innovation. They visit organizations across the city and engage in discussions with senior leaders from across the public, private and NGO sectors. Over the two contact modules, the challenge is explored from the perspective of a different countries and cities.

In 2018, the face-to-face modules will be delivered in Nigeria and South Asia.The second contact module will comprise a combination of the Africa Venture participants and their counterparts on our South Asia leadership programme – a truly amazing opportunity to see Africa through the eyes of others.


Think tank:
  • Reuel Khoza, Chairman, AKA Capital, South Africa
  • Joyce Banda, Former President, Malawi and Member of the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid
  • Frannie Léautier, Senior Vice-President, African Development Bank Group and Chairperson and Co-Founding Partner, Mkopa Private Equity Fund


Selection panel:
  • Mabel Mungomba, Chief Executive, Belcomm Limited, Zambia (Chair)
  • Alex Awiti, Director, East African Institute of The Aga Khan University, Kenya
  • Caroline Kayonga, Independent Consultant in Environment & Climate Change Policy and Natural Resources Management, Rwanda
  • Dorothy Mensah, Head of Compliance, Prudential Life Insurance Ghana, Ghana
  • Japhet Makongo, Executive Director, Ubunifu Associates Limited, Tanzania
  • Jennifer Semakula-Musisi, Executive Director, Kampala Capital City Authority, Uganda
  • Robert James Mkwezalamba, General Secretary, Communication Workers Union of Malawi, Malawi
  • Vanessa Naicker, Head of Asset Optimisation, Anglo American, South Africa
  • Yemi Adamolekun, Executive Director, Enough is Enough (EiE), Nigeria

How to apply

Date and Location

The online learning starts on 12 March 2018.

The face-to-face modules take place in two locations. The first part will take place in Nigeria over four days between 17-20 April 2018. The second part will take place in India over four days between 21-24 August 2018.

What is the cost?

2018 fee is payable in any of the following currencies:

  • South African Rands – ZAR 88600
  • Nigerian Shillings – NGN 1 073 590
  • Kenyan Shillings – KES 606 000
  • Egyptian Pounds – EGP 117 000

The fee is subject to exchange rate fluctuation and will be reviewed quarterly. The ability to pay the full fee is not one of our application criteria. There are a number of part bursary places for every Common Purpose course and individual negotiation of fees is possible for those who are genuinely unable to meet the full fee.

Brenda Wakaba, Executive Assistant, FSI Capital Limited, Kenya, Participant, Africa Venture 2016

“Innovation is in all of us.”

Hear from participants on the 2016 Africa Venture

The value of experiential learning

Sir James Mancham on the Africa Venture

The need for the Africa Venture Programme

Sir James Mancham, Former President of Seychelles

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