Fred Swaniker is on a mission to bring better leadership to Africa and the world.
He is the founder and CEO of the African Leadership Group – an ecosystem of organizations that are catalyzing a new era of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders. Over the past 15 years, Fred has founded and led the pre-university African Leadership Academy, the African Leadership University, the African Leadership Network and ALX — a next-generation leadership development and talent sourcing platform. Collectively, these endeavors aim to transform Africa by developing three million African leaders by 2035.
Fred previously worked as a McKinsey consultant in South Africa before earning an MBA from Stanford and becoming an entrepreneur. He is a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader, an Echoing Green Fellow and an Aspen Institute Fellow; he was named one of Forbes Magazine’s Top Ten Youngest Power Men in Africa in 2011; and, most recently, he was recognized as one of TIME Magazine’s most influential people of 2019.
Fred holds honorary doctorate degrees from Macalester College, Middlebury College and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.