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How Youth Can Solve Grand Challenges in the 21st Century - Fred Swaniker

Fred Swaniker

When: Wednesday, April 25, 2018
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM CT

Where: Scott Hall, 601 University Place, Evanston, IL 60208 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Public - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Iszy Licht   (847) 467-2770

Group: Buffett Institute for Global Affairs

Category: Global & Civic Engagement


Ghanaian entrepreneur Fred Swaniker has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Buffett Award for Emerging Global Leaders. As a founder of the African Leadership Academy (ALA) and 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. 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.”

Hear Fred Swaniker talk about his work at this year's Buffett Award Lecture.

About the Buffett Award: The annual 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.

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