ICON Keynote Speaker

Fred Swaniker

Founder, African Leadership University

Fred was recognized by US President Obama in 2010 and again in 2013 for his work in developing Africa’s future leaders. He has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, by Forbes Magazine as one of the top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa, and by Echoing Green as one of the fifteen ‘best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world’. He is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network and was a TED Fellow in 2009. Fred began his professional career as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and has an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class at the business school. He was born in Ghana but has lived and worked in about 10 different African countries.

Fred is deeply passionate about Africa and believes that the missing ingredient on the continent is good leadership. In line with this, Fred founded the African Leadership ‘Group’—an ecosystem of organizations that includes African Leadership AcademyAfrican Leadership NetworkAfrica Advisory Group, ALU School of Business, and of course, ALU. Collectively, these institutions aim to transform Africa by identifying, developing, and connecting three million game-changing leaders for Africa by 2060.

Wednesday, April 26th
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Small Business ICON Stories & Goal Setting Workshop
General Session: 300 Level, Halls ABC

Small Business ICON Finalists:

  • Fred Swaniker, African Leadership University
  • Pam Dierks, Dierks Farm
  • Ronan Galvin, Kickstagram

Goal Setting Workshop with Scott Harris