The African Leadership Institute has a very strong cohort of emerging African leaders for the prestigious Tutu Leadership Fellowship for 2019. Amongst nearly 250 nominees of outstanding quality from more than African countries, 23 of Africa’s highest potential young leaders were selected to take part in the programme. Including the candidates nominated by our sponsoring organisations, the candidates represent 12 different African countries, ranging in age 25 to 39 years of age, and span several industries. The selected candidates demonstrate the incredible wealth and breadth of leadership talent that exists in Africa’s youth.
Debisi Araba PhD
Debisi Araba is a public policy and strategy specialist. He is the Africa Region Director at the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT); and a member of the CGIAR, the consortium on international agriculture research. CIAT works to increase prosperity and improve human nutrition in the tropics through research-based solutions in agriculture and the environment. He is also a member of the Malabo Montpellier Panel of experts, a distinguished group of global thought and practice leaders working together to enable better government support of national and regional agricultural development and food security priorities in Africa. From 2012 to 2015, he served as the Senior Technical Adviser on Environmental Policy to the Minister of Agriculture in Nigeria, where he helped form the Environment and Climate Change Unit and co-authored Nigeria’s National Agricultural Resilience Framework, the first of its kind in the world. He led global and national partnerships on insurance and climate-smart strategies for the agricultural sector. In 2014, Debisi co-founded of the Visiola Foundation, which exists to support the emergence of a new cadre of African leaders by mentoring and training academically excellent youth, particularly women, in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields.