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CAU Selected to Host Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders for Third Consecutive Year

Posted on Monday, February 15, 2016


Contact: Donna L. Brock

ATLANTA (Feb. 15, 2016)— Clark Atlanta University (CAU) today announced that, for the third consecutive year, it will partner with the White House and U.S. Department of State as a host site for the Mandela Washington Fellowship Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).  Beginning in mid-June, CAU will host 25 of Africa’s brightest emerging business and entrepreneurship leaders for a six-week academic and leadership institute sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Barack Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities, and support for activities in their communities.  Fellows are young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities, and countries.  The cohort of Fellows hosted by CAU will be part of a larger group of 1,000 Mandela Washington Fellows hosted this summer at institutions across the United States.  At the conclusion of their institutes, these exceptional young leaders will convene in Washington, D.C., for a Presidential Summit.  Select Fellows will also spend six weeks in professional development training with U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies, and government agencies.

Working closely with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational Affairs and its implementing partner, IREX, host institutions have designed academic programs that will challenge, inspire, and empower these inspiring young leaders from Africa. Some highlights of Clark Atlanta University’s program will include visits to multi-national corporations, including Coca-Cola, UPS, IBM, Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and the Allen Institute of Entrepreneurship, as well as audiences with iconic leaders, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Ambassador Andrew Young, among them.  For information on the program, contact Mesfin Bezuneh, Ph.D., professor of economics, Clark Atlanta University School of Business (MBezuneh@cau.edu; 404-880-6274).     

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a U.S. government program that is supported in its implementation by IREX.  For more information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship, visit MandelaWashingtonFellowship.state.gov and join the conversation with #YALI2016.  

Category: Business
Keywords: YALI, School of Business