Harare, May 6, 2015: The U.S. Embassy is proud to announce that 30 Zimbabweans have been invited to participate in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders n Fellowship.
These outstanding young Zimbabwean leaders will travel to the U.S. this June with over 470 other young African leaders for a six week program at one of 20 prestigious U.S. universities followed by a conference in Washington, DC hosted by President Obama.
“Together with President Obama, I congratulate this outstanding group of 30 young Zimbabwean leaders who will represent their country on the second year of the Mandela Washington Fellowship, “ said David Bruce Wharton, U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe. “The participants from Zimbabwe are among the most inspiring and talented young people in the country and we are excited to provide them with this opportunity to network with other leaders on the continent and in the U.S.”
“I am optimistic about the future of Zimbabwe and through these bright young Zimbabweans I see the country prosper,” said Ambassador Wharton. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the President’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) and embodies President Obama’s commitment to invest in the future of Africa.
The current group includes young leaders in business and civil society drawn from various parts of Zimbabwe. The participants went through a rigorous application process which included interviews with Embassy staff.
The first class of Mandela Washington Fellows spent six weeks of intensive executive leadership training, networking, and skills building, followed by a Presidential Summit in Washington, DC. Among them was Takunda Chingonzoh, who also got an opportunity to interview President Obama at the U.S. – Africa Business Forum.
Through this initiative, young Zimbabwean leaders are gaining the skills and connections they need to accelerate their own career trajectories and contribute more robustly to strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa.
2015 Participants to the Mandela Washington Fellowship