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Frederick Swaniker

Founder & CEO, African Leadership Academy

Frederick Swaniker
Frederick Swaniker

Frederick Swaniker is founder and CEO of African Leadership Academy, a world-class, pan-African secondary school. He founded Global Leadership Adventures, a youth leadership development program with sites in ten countries. Previously, he helped launch and directed Mount Pleasant English Medium School, one of the top-performing private elementary schools in Botswana. Fred was founding chief operating officer of Synexa Life Sciences, a biotechnology company in Cape Town. He was also a consultant for McKinsey and Company in Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, and South Africa. Fred was recognized by Echoing Green as one of 15 “best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world” in 2006. He was a 2009 TED Fellow. Fred holds an MBA from Stanford University, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, and a BA magna cum laude in economics from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. He is a Fellow of the third class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

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