"The inspiration for the initiative grew from President Obama’s vision to forge a new business relationship with the continent, and the hosting of the historic US-Africa Leaders summit last year. The fellowship program will become a signature effort of Africa’s private sector to reciprocate in developing a new partnership with the US based on trade, entrepreneurship and investment."
— Strive Masiyiwa, Chairman & Founder of Econet
"This fellowship will play an integral role in strengthening business relations between Africa and the US. It will help achieve ALN’s mission of powering Africa’s prosperity by developing business leaders who have a deep understanding of—and affinity for—business in Africa. In the long run, it will lead to increased trade, investment, and collaboration between the two regions."
— Fred Swaniker, Co-Founder, African Leadership Network
"Africa plays a critical role in the global economy today and will fuel its growth over the next decade. The Africa Business Fellowship will transform the career trajectories of highly talented Americans who aspire to be leaders on a global scale while also giving them the opportunity to have immediate impact in Africa."
— John Rice, Founder & CEO of MLT
"Building on the momentum of President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative, the Africa Business Fellowship will allow the next generation of American business leaders to engage with a dynamic, creative, rapidly growing African Business Sector. These networks of young leaders, committed to progress, transparency and connectivity, will create better futures for themselves and economic opportunities for many, many others."
— Raj Shah, former Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
"I highly welcome the Africa Business Fellowship Program and commend its sponsors. It is timely; coming at a moment when trade and investment between Africa and America is set to grow. This program will fill an important void, providing young American executives an opportunity to understand Africa’s fast changing business environment, as part of a two-way learning process."
— Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank
"Education, exposure, and experience are essential for students who want to become global-ready leaders. The Africa Business Fellows program provides one of those transformative experiences for America’s rising business leaders to immerse themselves into Africa’s diverse cultural and business landscape, where they can understand business challenges and opportunities unique to Africa and build a global network of business leaders."
— David A. Thomas, Dean and William R. Berkley Chair, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
"This is an extraordinary opportunity for future leaders to develop skills conducting business across borders and cultures in an increasingly interconnected world."
— Peter Blair Henry, Dean, New York University Stern School of Business
"America’s future business leaders will benefit tremendously from the Africa Business Fellowship. The experience they will gain in understanding local business culture and operations, and the relationships they will build with their peers and senior African leaders, (COMMA) will be invaluable for any young executive seeking a global career."
— Tom Bernstein, President and Co-Founder, Chelsea Piers