The Young & Emerging Leaders Project

“We are on a mission to build better societies by investing in effective leadership among the best minds of young and emerging leaders in Africa and the world” - Awel Uwihanganye, Director LéO Africa Institute.

The fellowship represents our signature leadership development project shaped along the principles of the African spirit of “Agaciro”, which espouses the dignity, self-worth, and identity of the African as the cornerstone of leadership values.

We are looking for young and emerging leaders who come from diverse cultural and and entrepreneurial backgrounds; are already engaged as social entrepreneurs, innovators, media and journalism practitioners, artists, or activists. Potential fellows should be conscious of their duty in transforming society and are dedicated to promoting Africa’s interests and image in the world.

We anticipate in time to build a critical mass of individuals committed to personal development, advancement of career, and shaping a progressive future for East Africa and Africa at large.

About Our Fellows

  • Fiona Mbabazi

    Journalist Rwanda Broadcasting Agency

    Fiona was among the pioneers who started the first private TV station (TV 10) in Rwanda where she worked before re-joining Rwanda Broadcasting Agency where she’s a News Anchor and Reporter. With a career in media spanning 6 years, Fiona currently serves as Deputy Chair of the journalists Focal group for the African Court on Human and Peoples rights, is a member of Human Rights First Rwanda, and has moderated high-level meetings, including the Heads of State meeting during the World Economic Forum (Grow Africa) 2016.

  • Liz Muange

    Investment Specialist USAID East Africa Trade and Investment Hub

    Liz is an Investment Specialist working at The East Africa Trade and Investment Hub, a $65m flagship project under the US Trade Africa Presidential Initiative, created to boost trade and Investment into East Africa, Ethiopia, Madagascar and Mauritius. She is also a mentor to startups in Kenya, Uganda and Ethiopia, particularly in the areas of business, operational planning and financial management, to increase their chances of success and growth into high social impact businesses.

  • Lorretta Kade Binu

    Student University of Nairobi

    Apart from pursuing her degree in Real Estate at University of Nairobi, 19 year old Binu heads the Research and Development pillar of the Kenyan chapter of a project spanning 11 Nile basin countries that seeks to create collaborations and cooperative engagements about food sustainability. An ardent writer, she was the only African finalist in the 2016 Global Peter Drucker Challenge, prior to which she had received a silver medal at the Queens Commonwealth essay writing competition

  • Abaas Mpindi

    Founder Media Challenge Initiative

    Abaas is the Founder of the Media Challenge Initiative, a non-profit building the next generation of journalists, storytellers and leaders through mentorship, training and peer to peer learning. He is also the creative brain behind the Inter-institutional Media Challenge and Media Challenge Awards - events dedicated to journalism excellence and providing young journalists a platform to practice and celebrate their skills.

  • Patricia Kahill

    C.E.O Kahill Insights Limited

    Kahill is the Founder and CEO at Kahill Insights Ltd, a marketing and public relations company that harnesses technology to provide content and social media marketing and public relations to businesses and projects from the public and the private sectors.

  • Alan Manzi

    Film Director ManziMedia

    Alan is a Washington D.C based Ugandan film director, with over 20 film productions to his name. Some, like Meet Mario and Broken Change, made the official selection at various film festivals like the Hoboken International Film Festival at which Meet Mario won the best short film award. He has worked for NBC Universal New York, and on Netflix's Emmy winning show 'Master of None', and now runs his own production company, ManziMedia.

  • Martin Balaba

    Founder E-Health Solutions

    Martin is the founder of E-HEALTH solutions, a Start-up Company with a vision to modernize the health system and improve overall population health through the development, deployment and integration of information technology solutions. He is also a member of the GLOBAL SHAPERS COMMUNITY, a network of global young leaders with a desire to impact in their communities, under the patronage of the WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM. He currently works with the Infectious Disease Institute in Kampala.

  • Conrad Mugisha

    Assistant Products Manager Barclays Africa Graduate Program, Barclays Bank

    A Masters in Business management graduate from the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow Scotland, Conrad works with Barclays Bank Uganda as an Assistant Products Manager for the Barclays Africa Graduate Program. He is passionate about social economic development, with particular interest in the financial sector.

  • Cleofash Alinaitwe

    FounderUganda Micro-Gardens Initiative

    Cleofash is the founder of Uganda Micro-Gardens Initiative, a networking organization that links university students and urban micro-farmers to develop household vegetable gardens for sustainability and income generation. Cleofash also works with the Art Planet Academy Uganda, a youth-led non-governmental organization that integrates advocacy for environmental sustainability with social empowerment programs in educational settings. Here, he together with a colleague organize competitions in Kampala’s schools to promote student-led waste management designs for cost-effective systems that couple waste collection with the sorting and processing of recyclables.

  • Rebecca Kabejja Mweru

    LawyerAlert - Uganda

    Kabejja is a lawyer with a special interest in taxation law. She’s the director for Youth for Sustainable Peace in the Great Lakes Region, a youth-led organization committed to raising awareness about the dangers of Conflict in the Great lakes region. She has attended numerous leadership academies, including the regional Young African Leaders’ Initiative and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung’s Young Leaders’ Forum.

  • Arnold Atwine

    Architectural Designer Arch Forum Limited

    Arnold Atwiine is an architectural designer at Arch Forum Limited. A graduate of Environmental Design, he while at University worked with USHNET (Uganda Human Settlements Network) to construct sustainable garbage banks for the community in Namuwongo, a Kampala suburb, and together with students from Augsburg University of Applied Sciences and Jomo Kenyatta University designed a skills center project to teach Juveniles from Mathere Valley, simple craft skills, necessary for self-employment.

  • Donald Byamugisha

    Partner at BITEPH Strategic Consulting (Uganda)

    Donald is a partner at BITEPH Strategic Consulting, a consultancy pushing for more youth involvement in agri-business. Donald has previously worked in the Agricultural Division at the Biotechnology Industry Organization in Washington D.C. and later consulted with Association of Strengthening Agricultural Research in East and Central Africa (ASARECA). He is passionate about technology, Science and Innovation.

  • Raymond Mujuni

    Journalist Nation Media Group

    Raymond is an investigative journalist with NTV Uganda. He has investigated and reported some of the country's most high-profile stories; earning himself local and international awards in the process. He has previously worked with the New Vision and Uganda Radio Network.

  • Richard Kirenga

    Public Relations Officer Rwanda Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees (MIDIMAR)

    A graduate of Mass communication from Uganda Christian University, Richard is the Public Relations Officer at the Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees (MIDIMAR) in the Government of Rwanda. Previously, he has worked with the Ministry of Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs (MINEACOM). A passionate debator, he has worked with young Rwandans under Aspire Debate Rwanda, in which, with the support of the Ministry, they’ve been able to educate and sensitize young people about the benefits and opportunities in the integration of East Africa through debates.

  • Isaac Rugamba

    External Resources Mobilization OfficerRwanda Ministry of Finance

    23 year old Isaac Rugamba is a civil servant in Rwanda’s Ministry of Finance, where he works in the Office of the Chief Economist as an External Resources Mobilization Officer. He sees his role as helping wean Rwanda off donor dependency, a goal he says is in line with “a personal dream - to live in an Africa free from Aid and the shackles that come with it”. Isaac is also a member of the global shapers community in Kigali.

  • Liz Kakooza

    Founder Tumaini Foundation

    Recently selected as a World Economic Forum Global Shaper for Uganda, Liz has had over 5 years’ experience working for different public & private sector organizations ranging from energy to financial services. But after experiencing a personal ordeal battling depression, Liz left the corporate world to start the Tumaini Foundation, to tackle Mental Health challenges, and is determined to change public perception about mental health challenges and addiction on the continent, as a critical step to securing sustainable healthcare solutions for them.

  • Joanitah Babirye

    Student Makerere University

    A Student of Urban & Regional Planning at Makerere University, Joan is also a social entrepreneur, working as a youth ambassador for Tunza Eco-generation, a platform that creates environmental awareness among children and youths. She’s also a Nile fellow, engaging university students and communities in creating innovative ideas that can help in finding solutions to food and water shortages, conflict resolution and water management in the Nile basin. Previously, she’s interned with shelter and settlement alternatives housing network, an NGO that advocates for low cost and decent housing for Uganda’s most vulnerable communities.

  • Benjamin Rukwengye

    Founder Boundless Minds

    Benjamin is the founder of Boundless Minds, a leadership platform that develops lifeskills toolkits for young people and professionals. He is also the founding chairman of 40 Days Over 40 Smiles Foundation, a youth-led charity that uses local philanthropy to support education for vulnerable children. A journalist by training, his work in media and education is centered on developing community engagement models.

  • Joanitah Nvanungi Nalubega

    Industrial Chemist & Technology Enthusiast IHSU

    An Industrial Chemist with a deep passion for technology, Joan has worked as a website developer and content manager at Node Six and a content editor for PC Tech Magazine. She is a founding partner at Kafunda Kreative, a fellowship of creatives which seeks to build the capacity of young creatives through creating collaborative spaces, opportunities and skilling.

The 2017 Y&ELP Seminars

  • Leadership 101: The Tenets of Outstanding Leadership

    Kasenge Forest Resort, Mukono

    Febuary 25-26th, 2017

     

  • Personal leadership: Defining and Achieving Success

    Banana Village Eco Resort, Entebbe

    June 30 – July 2nd, 2017

     

  • Servant Leadership Seminar: Achieving Your Life’s Mission

    Gisenyi, Rwanda

    November 28 – 30th, 2017

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2017 YELP Fellowship

Take The YELP Crash Course

Our curriculum consists of carefully selected readings tailored to provoke reflection, critical thinking and incisive analysis on issues like success,failure, social responsibility, entrepreneurship and decision making, all of which we believe are critical to the nurturing of socially conscious leaders,that can be the champions of their societies' transformation. 

Selected Reading Materials

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