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 Africa Venture took place in 2018. High points included quality engagement with Prof Pat Utomi, Professor and Nigerian entrepreneur; Jane Maduegbuna, Co-Founding Executive Director, Afrinolly; Rachel Muthoga, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA); and Boniface Mwangi, activist, photographer and politician as well as a range of leaders in the cities of Nairobi and Lagos.


Upcoming dates:

Phase 1 : 
Online begins 22 April 2019

Phase 2 : 5 days  20-24 May 2019 (Nairobi, Kenya) 

Phase 3 : Online begins 27 May 2019

Phase 4 : 3 days 27-29 August 2019 (South Asia) or 3-5 September 2019  (Lagos, Nigeria) 

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

Throughout the programme, we frame the learning using a compelling challenge facing Africa today. The challenge is set by a ‘think tank’ made up of senior leaders from across the continent. This year’s challenge is:

How can we use technological innovation to improve connectivity in Africa?


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 2019, 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:
  • Frannie Leautier, Senior Vice President, African Development Bank (Tanzania)

  • Joyce Banda, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, the Woodrow Wilson Centre and the Centre for Global Development (Malawi)

  • Marguerite Barankitse, humanitarian (Burundi)

  • Reuel Khosa, Chairman of Dzana Investments and Globeleq (South Africa)

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


Selection panel:
  • Mabel Mungomba, Chief Executive, Belcomm Limited Zambia (Chair)
  • Carmen Nibigira, Regional Coordinator, East Africa Tourism Platform,  Kenya
  • Caroline Kayonga ,Independent Consultantin Environment & Climate Change Policy and Natural Resources Management, Rwanda /China
  • Japhet Makongo, Executive Director, Ubunifu Associates Limited, Tanzania
  • Dr Patrick Tolani, Chief Executive Officer, Community Energy Social Enterprise Limited, Nigeria
  • Vanessa Naicker, Head of Asset Optimisation, Anglo American, South Africa

How to apply

Date and Location

The online learning starts on 22 April 2019.

The face-to-face modules take place in two locations. The first part will take place in Nairobi, over five days between 20 May - 24 May 2019. The second part will take place in South Asia over three days between 27 - 29 August 2019 or in Lagos over three days between 3 - 5 September 2019.

What is the cost?

2019 fee is payable in any of the following currencies:

  • South African Rands - ZAR 92 900
  • Nigerian Naira – NGN 2 290 000
  • Kenyan Shillings – KES 660 000
  • Egyptian Pounds – EGP 53 900

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.

Africa Venture 2017 Report

Developing emerging leaders from across Africa

Ololade Raji, , Senior Manager, Accenture, Nigeria

“Emotional intelligence is vital for personal development but Cultural Intelligence is more important for effective leadership."

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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