Celebrating the Young African Leaders Initiative 10th Anniversary Virtual Summit, May 24-28, 2021″Ten Plus Ten: YALI and the United States, Look Back, and Ahead, Together”

Since the establishment of the Young Africa Leaders Initiative (YALI) as a U.S. government’s signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders in 2010, the program has so far trained more than 40,000 alumni and engaged more than 700,000 young people into an extensive digital community from over 40 African countries on the continent. Among these young people, some have chosen to use their talents, skills, resources, networks, and careers as tools to strengthen democratic institutions and good governance, spur economic growth and prosperity, and foster peace and security in Africa.

To celebrate the 10 years’ anniversary of YALI, the US Department of State in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Africa Program would from Monday 24th to 28th May 2021 be hosting a 5 day dubbed the YALI 2021 Virtual Summit. The Summit will provide 5 days of policy discussions, professional development workshops, entertainment, and networking opportunities. The program is expected to attract about 25,000 participants mainly YALI Mandela Washington Fellowship and Regional Leadership Center alumni, selected YALI Network members, U.S. Government officials, YALI partners, invited speakers, members of the press, and Expo partners. It promises to be exciting, educative, informative, and empowering.

The 5 Day Summit virtually with various speakers from Africa and in the United States. Some of the notable speakers include Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, United States Ambassador to the United Nations, United States Mission to the United Nations; Mr. Matthew Lussenhop, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Mr. Jack Leslie, Chairman of the Board of Directors, U.S. African Development Foundation; Ms. Akunna Cook, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Ahunna Eziakonwa, UN Assistant Administrator and UNDP Regional Director for Africa, United Nations; Janette Yarwood, Senior Advisor, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State; Travis Adkins, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Africa, United States Agency for International Development (USAID); Ambassador Mark Green, President, Director, & CEO, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Monde Muyangwa, Director, Africa Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Ms. Merissa Khurma, Program Director, Middle East Program, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Dr. Terence McNamee, Director of Communications and Research, The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars Africa Program; Michael Hayes, Foreign Affairs Officer, United States Department of State; Marc Carr, Global Change Program Manager; YALI Summit Coordinator, Ashoka Changemakers; Elizabeth Liu, Special Coordinator for the Young African Leaders Initiative, United States Department of State. Other speakers who all YALI Alumni from diverse backgrounds and industries across the continent. Follow this link to see other speakers (https://www.accelevents.com/e/YALI10#speakers).

Be a part of history! Register now to Celebrate, Connect, and Envision the next decade of YALI!

For more information and updates, please visit accelevents.com/e/YALI10 and yali.state.gov.

YALI TV Editorial Team