Mandela Washington Fellowship at Purdue University Young African Leaders Initiative

Mandela Washington Fellowship at Purdue University

The Mandela Washington Fellowship (MWF), the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, and networking opportunities, and embodies the U.S commitment to invest in the future of Africa. Purdue’s second cohort of Mandela Washington Fellows will be on campus for six weeks between June 19 and July 28, 2017 for intensive executive-style leadership training, networking, community service, and skills building, followed by a Summit in Washington, D.C. the first week of August.

Through this initiative, young African leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.

The MWF is designed to encourage and foster the ingenuity, confidence, passion, and commitment of the next generation of African leaders. It offers the Fellows an unparalleled opportunity to meet and share ideas with American leaders: from community organizers to state and local government officials. Through this Initiative, the U.S. will host 1,000 young leaders at 40 U.S. universities for institutes focused on public management, business and entrepreneurship, civic leadership, and for the first year, a specialized institute on energy.

At Purdue University, we will host twenty-five of these leaders for an institute focused on business and entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on engineering and agriculture-related innovations and businesses. This Institute is a campus-wide collaboration, co-sponsored by Discovery Park’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship and the Colleges of Engineering and Agriculture, and with support from Krannert School of Management, Center for Global Food Security, Office of Engagement, and the Office of Corporate and Global Partnerships.

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