Buffett Award for Emerging Global Leaders

The Buffett Award recognizes outstanding leadership in a person early in their career working in the areas of global health, social or economic development, human rights, climate change, food security, or other issues of global significance. By recognizing excellence early in someone’s career, the Buffett Award helps to encourage individuals to continue to make a difference.

The Buffett Award winner is invited to Northwestern to give a public address to the Northwestern community and receive their award. 

Questions about the Buffett Award can be sent to Emory.ErkerLynch@northwestern.edu.

About 2018 Award winner Fred Swaniker

Ghanaian entrepreneur Fred Swaniker was selected as the 2018 recipient of the Buffett Award. As a founder of the African Leadership University (ALU), Swaniker has a lot of professional and personal insight on leadership. ALU plans to ultimately train 3 million entrepreneurial, ethical leaders for Africa and the world by 2060.

“Effective leadership begins with having a mindset of service and an authentic commitment to solving any of the many pressing global challenges we face today,” he says. “It’s also a willingness to roll up one’s sleeves to do the often difficult and often unglamorous and work it takes to make progress.”

Recognized internationally as a leading innovator in higher education, ALU uses both hybrid learning and peer learning models to help remain accessible to as many students as possible. Courses focus on topics such as entrepreneurship, ethics, and African history. CNN called ALU 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.” 

Read coverage of the Buffett Award Lecture from: The Daily Northwestern | Atlas Corps