Ghanaian entreprenuer, Fred Swaniker is one of the world’s 100 Most Influential people in 2019.
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A note written by Mo Ibrahim, a telecoms entrepreneur and chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation highlights the initiatives started by Swaniker.
“Fred understood that the key to success was not about leading the youth along a preordained path, but about allowing them to become authors of their own stories. That is what has inspired his educational initiatives: the African Leadership Academy, African Leadership Network and African Leadership University.” says Ibrahim.
Swaniker is also a leadership development expert.
He is the chairman and founder of the African Leadership Academy, an institution located outside Johannesburg in South Africa that is aiming to develop 6,000 transformative leaders for Africa over a 50-year period.
Swanker is also the founder of African Leadership Network, Global Leadership Adventures, and African Leadership University which is opening multiple universities across Africa with the aim of grooming 3 million leaders by 2060.
Serving as a 2017 keynote speaker at Oxford University’s OAC, addressing continent affairs, he took part initialing monumental heirloom the Philosophers Legacy
Swaniker’s work as an educational entrepreneur has been praised by the U.S. President Barack Obama and other prominent global figures.
He has been recognized as a TED Fellow (2009) and a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2012).
He was named one of the Top Ten Young Power Men in Africa by a 2011 Forbes Magazine online feature. Echoing Green recognized him as ‘one of the top 15 social entrepreneurs in the world’ in 2006.
In 2017, Fred Swaniker received two honorary doctorates–one from Middlebury College in the USA and the second from Nelson Mandela University in South Africa In 2018, he received a third honorary doctorate from Macalester College in the USA
In April 2018,Paul Kagame appoints him as a board chairperson of board of directors with hope that he adds value and help push the country’s agenda of generating revenues from tourism.