About The Africa Leadership Initiative

The Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) was initiated as a Pan African initiative designed to invest in effective, values-based and enlightened leadership on the African continent.

ALI was launched in 2001 as a collaborative effort of seven partner organisations in Africa and the United States – Infotech Investments (Tanzania), The Aspen Institute (United States), CETA Construction Services (Mozambique), the Databank Foundation (Ghana), LEAP Africa (Nigeria), The Letsema Foundation (South Africa), and Techno Serve (Africa and United States)

ALI fellows join more than 2,700 fellows (and growing) in 53 countries as members of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

ALI East Africa

Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) East Africa Foundation Limited is a non-profit organization founded in 2006 at the Africa House Hotel in Zanzibar at the conclusion of the first reunion of ALI East Africa class of 2002.  It is registered in Dar-es-Salaam as a company limited by guarantee.

The Foundation works to identify, strengthen and motivate East Africa ALI fellows, who are of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN). Members of the AGLN graduate as fellows having participated in a values-based leadership program modeled on the Henry Crown Fellowship program and are all committed to addressing the foremost challenges of their communities and times.


Our Vision is to work towards creating a critical mass of next generation leaders who are values-driven, effective and enlightened


We  are committed to investing in systems that foster the emergence of the next generation of African leaders in business, politics and civil society who are effective, values-driven and enlightened through knowledge.

Strategic Objectives

To build capacity to fund the rolling out of successive ALI Fellowship classes in East Africa.
To engage the energy and the talent of the young emerging leaders in East Africa in order to release their potential to build a good society for all people

Partnerships and Funding

The four classes of 68 fellows were possible because of the generosity and support of the following organisations and individuals.




Ali Mufuruki


Peter Flaherty


Tim & Bernie Maquez


Tom Perkins


Arjun Gupta


Patrick Kairu


West Family Foundation


Infotech Investment Group


Rockefeller Foundation