‘A new calibre of African leaders in the realms of politics, business and government is required of this continent. In order to move forward, transformed leaders have to create a refreshed status quo, where African pioneers charter a new continent rid of all forms of poverty. Shared values, self-reflection, an African identity and consciousness of environment have to be at the core of this generation.’ says Lynette Chen, CEO of NEPAD Business Foundation.

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The?NEPAD Business Foundation?(NBF) and?Center for Creative Leadership?(CCL ?) have teamed up to create the One Million African Leaders Connect (1MALC) initiative. The partnership aims to accelerate leadership development and ultimately enable sustainable economic development throughout Africa.


Inspired by the need for public and private sector leaders with long-term vision, integrity and effectiveness, the 1MALC is an intensive program for senior managers leading or intending to lead within the African context.


“The gap between leadership theory and practice is what bedevils Africa today,” said Dr. Reuel Khoza, Nedbank Chairman and NBF Vice-Chairman. At the launch, Dr Khoza will reflect on leadership in an African context telling of his experience personally, in business and politics.


1MALC will help foster a new culture of thinking on how to do business in Africa and develop a network of progressive leaders who understand the continent through improved access to business intelligence and information on agriculture, infrastructure, natural resources and capacity development.


“This initiative, with its strategic investments in both the quality and quantity of leadership capacity on the continent, will help African organizations and communities address their biggest challenges today and make the most of the many opportunities in this dynamic region,” said CCL Regional Director Sub Saharan Africa, Simon Rweyongoza.


Following the pilot program, CCL and NBF will work with other delivery partners to roll out the 1MALC initiative in South Africa and other African countries.?The goal is to train a million African leaders by 2020 from the business sector, government and in communities – in customised formats, creating a critical mass of leaders who can help realise the full potential of the African continent in a sustainable and inclusive way.


Dr Reuel Khoza will give the keynote address, after which the panel will discuss the state of and their experiences of leading in the African context.


Panellists will include:

Dr Reuel Khoza, Vice-Chairman of NBF and Chairman of NEDCOR Group

Dr Ibrahim Assani Mayaki, NEPAD Agency CEO

Mr Neil Cole, Chief Director, National Treasury

Chair: Ms Lynette Chen, CEO of NEPAD Business Foundation


About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL?) is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that accelerates strategy and business results by unlocking the leadership potential of individuals and organizations. Bloomberg, Business Week and the Financial Times have consistently ranked CCL among the world’s Top 10 providers of executive education.


About the NEPAD Business Foundation

The NEPAD Business Foundation (NBF) is one of Africa’s leading membership based foundations, which promotes sustainable economic and social development on the continent. The NBF is a non-profit company that mobilises private sector support for the implementation of New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) goals.



Date:?????13 February 2013

Venue: Hyatt Regency Hotel

Time: Registration @ 09:15; Programme begins @ 09:45

Source:?NEPAD Business Foundation


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