African Leadership University

ALU and Carnegie Foundation welcome second cohort for Silicon Valley Global Leadership Program

African Leadership University (ALU) and the Carnegie Foundation are thrilled to announce the upcoming second cohort of the Silicon Valley Global Leadership Program. Set to take place from July 16 to August 15, 2023, in the heart of Silicon Valley, California, this program aims to provide African students with an unparalleled opportunity to explore the world of innovation and entrepreneurship. With a unique focus on hands-on learning and community-building, the program will empower students to tackle Africa’s grand challenges and seize its greatest opportunities.

Transformative Learning in Silicon Valley

The Global Leadership Program will welcome 20 exceptional students from 11 African countries to Stanford University’s campus, where they will engage in a comprehensive range of activities at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Through lectures, workshops, fireside chats, and company visits, students will have the chance to immerse themselves in the vibrant Silicon Valley ecosystem and learn directly from industry experts and thought leaders. This experience will help them gain insights into how technology is shaping the future of various sectors, including education, healthcare, food security, and government. Last year’s cohort saw ALU students representing six African countries (Kenya, Mauritius, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe) and College Track students from five cities across California participate in a month-long immersive experience.

Unleashing Leadership Potential

The program goes beyond academic learning and offers students a unique opportunity to explore multiple dimensions of leadership. By participating in the Global Leadership Program, students will develop a deeper understanding of their own leadership potential and emerge with valuable skills and knowledge that will drive their future success. The program also includes an industry mentorship program and a Stanford buddy program, allowing students to form meaningful connections with professionals and peers. “My ambition was to learn from the greatest entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley, to draw inspiration and practical knowledge that could propel my own startup venture. This program, I believed, would provide an unparalleled opportunity to directly engage with those who have radically reshaped our digital world”, shares Nigerian student and program participant, Nwalahnjie Anye Akumawah.

Experience the Future of Innovation

ALU’s Global Leadership Program offers a one of a kind experience for students to explore the dynamic and fast-paced world of Silicon Valley. By blending ALU’s emphasis on practical learning with the limitless possibilities of innovation, students will gain the tools and confidence to create a lasting impact. Beyond the program curriculum, students will also have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the vibrant Bay Area culture and explore iconic landmarks.

“I applied to the ALU Silicon Valley Global Leadership Program, driven by a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to immerse myself in one of the world’s greatest centers of innovation,” explains Zimbabwean student, Nqobile Ncube. “My intention is to learn from industry experts and experience firsthand the vibrant ecosystem that fuels groundbreaking ideas. By physically being in the heart of Silicon Valley, an environment that nurtures growth, where the pioneers of tomorrow gather to challenge the status quo and push the boundaries of what is possible – I want to be a part of that energy, to absorb the wisdom and insights that only this remarkable program can offer”, she concludes. 

The Silicon Valley Global Leadership Program represents a remarkable opportunity for African students to immerse themselves in the world-renowned innovation ecosystem of Silicon Valley. With its focus on experiential learning, leadership development, and critical issue analysis, this program equips students with the practical skills and knowledge needed to tackle Africa’s grand challenges and seize its greatest opportunities. 

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