African Leadership University, and its Foundation, the Foundation for African Leadership are the first of their kind on the continent, dedicated to teaching the next generation of world class conservation leaders in Africa.

Africa today faces grand challenges in healthcare, education and climate change, among others. At the same time, we’re presented with great, untapped opportunities in agriculture, wildlife conservation, the arts, and the empowerment of women, to name a few. These challenges and opportunities won’t address themselves. We need catalysts for transformation. That’s why the African Leadership University (ALU) aims to develop the most talented youth on the continent into a large-scale movement of problem solvers and change makers.

The seeds of ALU were sown when Fred Swaniker, ALU’s founder, was a student at the Stanford Graduate School of Business in California, U.S. While there, he developed the business plan for African Leadership Academy, a two-year pan-African high school to groom the future leaders of Africa. Realising its potential to transform the future of leadership in Africa, he began developing the African Leadership University. In 2015, the inaugural ALU campus in Mauritius opened, followed by the ALU Rwanda campus. ALU is preparing a generation of young leaders for a life of mission-driven, challenge-based learning. We offer accredited undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in a unique way: by combining learning with real-world experience, empowering students to take ownership of their own learning, equipping students to think entrepreneurially, and employing the most engaging, inspiring, and cutting-edge learning methods. ALU students develop 21st-century skills that’ll ensure they’ll remain relevant even as the world changes.

We’re developing 3 million entrepreneurial, ethical, problem-solving leaders. At ALU, students are more than students. They are catalysts for the transformation of Africa.

Find out more about ALU universities and programs at and our foundation at

Empowers Africa has partnered with The Foundation for African Leadership in order to provide a cost-effective solution to fundraising in the United States by acting as their fiscal sponsor. Any donations made here will be granted to The Foundation for African Leadership.

The Foundation for African Leadership Campaigns

Scholarship Fund

Last year, 70% of the talented young people admitted to African Leadership University could not accept the offer due to financial constraints. Your donation can be the catalyst that will enable Africa’s future entrepreneurs, government leaders, artists, and innovators to gain the skills they need to transform the future of the continent.

Read more about the scholarship fund

School of Wildlife Conservation

The ALU School of Wildlife Conservation aims at (i) improving the effectiveness of current professionals in conservation, (ii) developing the next generation of conservation leaders, and (iii) building sustainable bridges between conservation and other sectors (public or private). The School has already awarded $660,000 in scholarships to current and future leaders in wildlife conservation.

Read more about ALU School of Wildlife Conservation

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