2018 nominee: Fred Swaniker

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Fred Swaniker is deeply passionate about Africa and believes that the missing ingredient on the continent is good leadership. He has founded three organisations that aim to catalyse a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders: African Leadership AcademyAfrican Leadership Network, and African Leadership University (ALU). African Leadership Academy has supported over 700 young leaders making an impact throughout Africa. 

African Leadership University is an innovative, pan-African institution that opened its doors in Mauritius in 2015. It  plans to transform Africa through a network of 25 universities to support 3 million leaders over the next 50 years. 

Since it opened its doors, ALU has grown to almost 300 undergraduate students and is opening a new campus in Rwanda in September 2017 that will see student numbers grow to 1000. ALU is transforming higher education through it’s innovative learning model, which emphasizes real world skills, entrepreneurship, ethical leadership, and “missions over majors”—a learning approach that allows students to pursue their deepest passions while making a social impact. ALU is also developing schools that aim to shape leaders to tackle 21st-century challenges and opportunities in Africa, includging education, healthcare, governance, infrastructure, climate change, and wildlife conservation. 

ALU has been recognized internationally as a leading innovator in higher education. CNN called it the "Harvard of Africa," Fast Company named it the 3rd most innovative company in Africa, and The New York Times hailed ALU as “one of the 8 places in the world today where history is being made.” Fred Swaniker was recently recognized for his transformative work with honorary doctorates from Middlebury College and Nelson Mandela University in South Africa.