The prestigious Africa Business Fellowship (ABF) places talented American professionals within leading African-led and African-based companies for three to six months, starting in June 2016. The ABF gives American business professionals hands-on experience in the African business environment and the opportunity to develop the knowledge and skills to achieve success on the continent. Fellows receive a living stipend, housing, airfare, health insurance, assistance with visa applications, and additional support, all while gaining invaluable experience in one of the world’s fastest-growing global markets.
PUT YOUR SKILLS TO THE TEST IN A NEW ENVIRONMENT
Econet (founded and led by Strive Masiyiwa, and also the Fellowship’s benefactor), Africa Leadership Network and MLT have partnered to launch this unparalleled opportunity for American professionals to gain invaluable insight and hands-on experience in African businesses. Fellows work on critical projects, defined in advance by the placement companies, that allow them to apply their business expertise and further refine their skills. They will be expected to report on their achievements, with a focus on measuring impact. As part of the program, Fellows will be exposed to sectors driving the continent’s dynamism, attend local seminars, and build relationships with some of the most influential African leaders on the continent.
BUILD YOUR NETWORK ACROSS BORDERS AND SECTORS
The ABF is a career development program, an inter-cultural exchange, and a networking platform. Fellows will be placed in a top African-led company in one of the following countries: Kenya, Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa and Nigeria. This is an exclusive opportunity — with an inaugural class of 10-15 Fellows — for participating professionals to connect with top African and US leaders in business, government and philanthropy. Africa Business Fellows are rising business leaders of all backgrounds and ethnicities who are also eager to build deep relationships with peers across sectors. Fellows work closely with their African colleagues, developing relationships that will last beyond their placement. As a small group, they also have opportunities to build relationships with one another both during and after the Fellowship.
BRIDGE THE U.S. — AFRICA BUSINESS LANDSCAPES
Africa Business Fellows are innovative and driven professionals who are committed to becoming champions for America-Africa business relationships. They are eager to become empowered as leaders in this effort by developing both an understanding of the African business climate and a sophisticated awareness of the continent’s unique challenges and opportunities. The entire program is designed to further the mission of developing leaders who have both the knowledge and – more importantly – a deep passion for business development in Africa: