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Chris Bradford

Co-Founder & CEO, African Leadership Academy


Chris Bradford is the Founder and CEO of African Leadership Academy (, which seeks to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting the continent's future leaders. He is passionate about the design of educational institutions and the role schools and universities play in shaping societies.

With its unique focus and pan-African reach, African Leadership Academy is unlike any other educational institution in the world. Since 2004, Chris has led the design of African Leadership Academy’s innovative curriculum, which merges rigorous academics with powerful courses in Entrepreneurial Leadership and African Studies. He also shaped the Academy’s admissions process, which has selected outstanding young leaders from tens of thousands of applicants in 50 countries across Africa since 2008. Today, ALA has thousands of graduates from across Africa who are working together to lead change on the continent. ALA also delivers the Anzisha Prize (Africa's premier fellowship for young African entrepreneurs) and is a proud partner of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program.

Chris brings a hybrid background in business and education to his work designing and building educational institutions. He previously worked with the Procter and Gamble Company, the Boston Consulting Group, The Broad Foundation, and at Oundle School. Chris holds a BA degree from Yale University and an MBA and MA (Education) from Stanford University. He is an Echoing Green Fellow (2006) and winner of the Siebel Scholars Impact Award (2012).