Six Kenyans are among 19 business executives who have been named Africa Leadership Initiative (ALI) Fellows.
The executives, including Mr Mugo Kibati, the director general of Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat and the Capital Markets Authority chief executive officer, Stella Kilonzo, are drawn from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and South Africa.
“The fellows represent our collective hope for a better future where community sense, ethics and values will play a central role in the executive decisions of those in whom we vest the power to lead, be it in business, politics or civil society,” Mr Ali Mufuruki, the chairman of ALI East Africa Foundation, said of the 2010 Class of ALI Fellows, the third in the region since 2002.
Other Kenyans are Dr Laila Macharia, the CEO, SCION Real Estate Ltd, Winnie Ouko, Director, Lattice Consulting, Pauline Mbayah, the Director, ATMS Foundation, South Africa, and Jeremy Awori, the CEO, Standard Chartered Bank (T) LTD, Dar es Salaam.
There are currently some 280 African Fellows from Tanzania, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
In total, the ALI East Africa III Fellows Class of 2010 has five Tanzanians, four Ugandans, three Rwandans and a South African.
The ALI Fellowship is part of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) with over 1,300 Fellows from 43 countries who are committed to applying their entrepreneurial talents to address the challenges of their organisations, communities and countries.
Nominated by recognised local business and community leaders, the fellows are entrepreneurial executives and professionals under age 55 who have achieved significant success in their fields of endeavour and demonstrated their potential for leadership at the highest levels of corporate, government or civic responsibility.
They also possess a breadth of experience and level of maturity that will enable them to contribute effectively to the fellowship experience and come from diverse backgrounds in terms of occupation, ethnicity and gender.
The initiative is a project of seven organisations, The Aspen Institute (US), CETA Construction Services (Mozambique), Databank Foundation (Ghana), Infotech Investment Group LTD (Tanzania), LEAP Africa (Nigeria), The Letsema Foundation (South Africa) and TechnoServe Inc (US).