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Fred Swaniker

Chairman and Founder, African Leadership Academy


Ranked among the "top 10 young power men in Africa" by Forbes Magazine, and as one of the top 15 social entrepreneurs in the world by Echoing Green, Fred Swaniker is leading a quiet revolution in Africa. He is training Africa's future decision-makers, politicians, entrepreneurs, scientists and Nobel Prize winners. This serial entrepreneur has founded 5 organizations that are collectively grooming 3 million high-impact leaders for Africa. His TED talk received 900,000 views in the first 60 days after it was released. Fred's work has been recognized by President Barack Obama and the World Economic Forum, which named him one of its "Young Global Leaders" in 2012.

On a continent that is the youngest in the world, Fred is one of the world's foremost experts on what its next generation is thinking and where the African continent is going.

Fred has an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class. He worked at McKinsey and company prior to embarking on his journey to transform Africa by grooming its future leaders.