Mandela Washington Fellowship at Cambridge College

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies President Obama's commitment to invest in the future of Africa. Through this initiative, 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. 

Twenty-five of Africa's emerging leaders in business and entrepreneurship spent six weeks at Cambridge College (CC) this summer for an intensive business and entrepreneurship skill-building program. Six academic themes were explored in the Cambridge College Institute: (1) Routes to Entrepreneurship, (2) Community and Talent Development, (3) Sustainability and Product Development, (4) Crowdsourcing and Social Media, (5) Finance, and (6) Strategies for Leadership Success. 

Our cohort of Fellows are a part of a larger prestigious group of 1,000 Mandela Fellows being hosted by select institutions across the United States. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is a program of the United States Government. The U.S. components are administered by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and supported by IREX, a U.S. non-governmental agency.

At the conclusion of their six-week program at Cambridge College, our twenty-five Fellows headed to meet with President Barack Obama during a Summit in Washington, D.C.  Select Fellows will also have the opportunity to stay in the U.S. to participate in another six-week intensive learning program with other U.S. companies and government agencies.

Click the links below to see photos of Cambridge College Fellows and learn more about their time in Massachusetts.

Press release

Biographies of Fellows

Week One photo gallery

Week Two photo gallery

Week Three photo gallery

Weeks Four & Five photo gallery

Gloucester Visit

Closing Ceremony

Boston Globe article