Foundation Unveils Committee For Young Leaders 2021



To select the 100 new young Leaders 2021, an exceptional committee has been inaugurated by the French-African Foundation program.

This year’s edition of French-African Foundation’s Young Leaders programme involves an ad-hoc committee of public decision-makers and business leaders. The call for applications had closed on April 5.

The personalities of the Franco-African relationship have until May 10 to contribute to identifying the one hundred laureates who will make up the class of 2021.

The independent selection committee in charge of determining the composition of the next class of Young Leaders brings together decision-makers from France and French and English-speaking Africa.

The personalities hold ministerial positions and include, Benin’s Minister of Economy and Finance, Romuald Wadagni, Ghana’s Minister of Telecommunications, Ursula Owuzu, Executive Director of the AfDB Group, Chinelo Anohu, Deputy Director of the AFD’s Africa Department, Béatrice Lederlé, CEO of the AfricSearch Group, Didier Acouetey, and Vice President, Emerging Markets at Galileo Global Education, Kamil Senhaji,

Others include, head of holding companies, Hassanein Hiridjee, CEO of the Malagasy group Axian; Mohammed Dewji, CEO of major players in the pan-African media universe, Marwane Ben Yahmed, Director of the publication of the Jeune Afrique Group; Malick Diawara and editorial Director of Point Afrique.

The world of culture is also represented by Jean Fall, founder and executive director of Cinewax and Aida Muluneh, founder of the first East African photography festival, Addis Foto Fest. Laureates of previous promotions of the French-African Foundation’s flagship programme are also present and they include, CEO of Orange Sierra Leone, Aminata Kane and Partner at Amethis, Khady Koné-Dicoh,

To select the most promising candidates, the panel members would be asked to conduct remote interviews in association with members of the French-African Foundation. On May 10, the enlarged committee will meet for a final vote to select the final group, with strict respect for parity, and with attention paid to representativeness by sector, region of Africa and country.

The composition of the class of 2021 would be announced next month, paving the way for two sessions of the Young Leaders programme on the theme of resilience, in France and Senegal, which will allow the winners to benefit from unique mentoring, training and networking opportunities with leaders from the public and private sectors.

The Co-founder and co-president of the French-African Foundation, Alexandre Costner, said, “While the 2021 edition of our programme is defined by the expansion of the programme, the diversity and quality of the composition of the selection committee, which has tripled in size, confirm the institutional recognition of the Young Leaders programme.”

“This also marks our desire to bring together the generations of decision-makers of today and tomorrow to support the emergence of this creative, ambitious and committed succession ready to co-construct the world of tomorrow. “


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