Obama Foundation Announces Civic Leaders
The Obama Foundation announced on Wednesday the 200 participants selected for the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa Programme. The one-year leadership development and civic engagement program launches on July 14th in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a five-day gathering designed to train, support, and connect emerging African leaders working across different sectors to create positive change in their communities. Foundation officials say the Leaders selected have already demonstrated an extraordinary potential for impact, a clear commitment to integrity, and a capacity to advance the common good within their spheres of influence. They represent 44 countries and every region in Africa and are working in a range of disciplines including health, agriculture, media, government, education, business, and technology, and on issues such as climate change, conservation, entrepreneurship, food security, and girls’ empowerment. The Leaders will convene from July 14th to 18th and participate in plenary sessions, problem-solving workshops, leadership sessions, and skill-building trainings to increase their capacity to drive positive change in Africa -- all from an African perspective. The convening will also include an opportunity for Leaders to participate in a town hall event with former President Barack Obama. POTUS44 will also deliver the 16th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture to commemorate the 100th anniversary of former South African President Nelson Mandela’s birth on July 17th. Learn more about the individuals selected here.