Africa Venture
A programme for emerging leaders across Africa

The Africa Venture is an annual leadership development programme that seeks to bring together exceptional emerging leaders from across all African nations onto a common platform, where they work together to address pressing issues relevant to the region.

The Africa Venture assembles exceptional emerging leaders and builds a hyper-African network across government, businesses and non-profits on the continent.

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.

High points have included quality engagement with Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Former President, Nigeria; Eddy Njoroge, Chairman, Telkom Kenya; Adia Sowho- Chief Marketing Office, MTN Nigeria; Ivy Mawuko - Head: Learning, Africa Regions- Standard Bank Group Ghana; Kariuki Ngari – Chief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya; Dr Frannie Lautier, Partner & CEO of SouthBridge Investment, Rwanda; Ken Okwero, Head of Strategy at Safaricom Limited Kenya; James Campbell, Managing Director, Botswana Diamonds PLC, SA;  as well as a range of other inspiring leaders from across the continent.

2023 dates:

Online: 8 May – 31 August

Interactive online content

Real-time sessions: May 18 – 24 August

Seven highly interactive real-time digital sessions

In-person: 4 – 7 September

4 days in-person, in a leading African city


Why take part?

The Africa Venture encourages participants to work in new directions and develop innovative approaches to challenges facing Africa today. In the process, it will equip them with the skills and the networks to operate effectively across the African continent. 

The participants will:

  • Understand how to solve complex problems with people who may think and act in a completely different way
  • Stretch their analytical and creative skills by exposing them to new approaches to innovation
Oluwaseun Folasade Olurin, Associate Vice President, Operations and Settlement (Finance Division), Africa Finance Corporation, Nigeria

"The past few months have been so thrilling, exhilarating, exciting, educating and challenging. I have been challenged to be a better version of myself. I also learnt that I'm able to make impact, starting from my sphere of influence, and by collaborating with others. The program has definitely helped in redefining my purpose . I look forward to what the future holds for me."

Who is it for?

The Africa Venture brings together exceptional emerging leaders from across Africa who are in the mid-stage of their careers. The participants are recognized as those who will rapidly progress to more senior roles. Each participant group includes a diverse mix drawn from the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

All applications will be reviewed by the Africa Venture Selection Group, composed of senior leaders from organizations across the continent and across the sectors.
The participants will:

  • develop their Cultural Intelligence (CQ): the ability to cross boundaries and thrive in multiple cultures
  • enhance their ability to lead beyond authority – the ability to lead in situations where they have no formal authority
  • build diverse networks with exceptional emerging leaders from across the continent, whom they would never otherwise meet

How does it work?

Applied learning

Throughout the programme, we emphasize helping the candidates to learn to apply the leadership concepts which are taught.

Earlier on in the programme, participants begin to apply their leadership learning to a challenge which they identify from within their own workplace or community. They are encouraged to share the learning from this as they proceed, and at the final contact module, they report back on progress and learn from each other’s experiences.

In the final module of the programme, we do so by presenting the participants with a practical and compelling challenge facing Africa today. They work together, using their leadership learning, to find solutions to the challenge. The challenge is set by a Think Tank made up of senior leaders from across the continent. The 2023 challenge is: How can we build citizen leadership and engagement that constructively influences government and business to ensure that Africa’s natural resources are used sustainably for the long term benefit of the continent?


Blended learning

The programme follows a blended learning approach, with online content, interspersed with seven highly interactive real-time digital sessions, and one four-day, in person module. The in-person module enables the participants to gather in a leading African city and embed their learning. The programme is completed over four months. 

The programme is highly experiential: participants visit organizations across the continent and engage in discussions with senior leaders from across the public, private and NGO sectors. Visits take place virtually or in-person, as circumstances allow.

Muhigirwa Kinyunyi, Strategy and Operation Member LUCHA, The Democratic Republic Of The Congo

“I had a good moment with people from different sectors, from different countries, but very engaged to the development of Africa and ready to work on the connectivity of Africa.”


Think tank:
  • Frannie Leautier, Senior Vice President, African Development Bank (Tanzania)

  • Juliet Ehimuan, Director, Google West Africa (Nigeria)

  • Marguerite Barankitse, Humanitarian (Burundi)

  • Reuel Khosa, Chairman of Dzana Investments (Pty) Ltd and AKA Capital (Pty) Ltd (South Africa)

  • Sir Sam Jonah, Executive Chairman of Jonah Capital and Director of Vodaphone (Ghana)


Selection panel:
  • Barbara Kokonya, Managing Director, Very Chic Limited, Kenya

  • Caroline Kayonga ,Independent Consultant in Environment & Climate Change Policy and Natural Resources Management, Rwanda /China

  • Elias Mpondela, President, Zambian Amateur Athletics Association, Zambia

  • Kenneth Ashigbey, Chief Executive Officer, Chamber of Telecommunications, Ghana

  • Mabel Mungomba, Chief Executive, Belcomm Limited, Zambia

  • Rosemary Iphie Ugonabo – Senior Consultant, Nextier Advisory, Nigeria

  • Shenouda Bissada – Country Director, Alfanar, Egypt

  • Vanessa Naicker, Head of Early Talent, Anglo American, South Africa

How to apply

Date and Location

The online learning starts on 8 May and continues till 4 September 2023.

Seven highly interactive real-time sessions will take place virtually between 18 May and 24 August 2023, while the in-person module is over four days from 4 to 7 September 2023.

What is the cost?

2023 fee is payable in any of the following currencies:

  • South African Rands – ZAR 79, 000
  • Nigerian Naira – NGN 2, 142, 000
  • Kenyan Shillings – KES 485, 800
  • Egyptian Pounds – EGP 230, 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 few part scholarships available for exceptional applicants who are genuinely unable to meet the full fee, and individual negotiation of fees is also possible.

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David Ogal, Principal Youth Development Officer, Ministry of ICT, Innovation, and Youth Affairs, Kenya

“The leadership knowledge I have acquired through the Africa Venture programme has been immense and my scope has widened. I feel better equipped to engage with my wider community in solving the various problems affecting us.” 

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