The Aspen Institute

The Africa Leadership Initiative is an offshoot of the Aspen Institute’s renowned Henry Crown Fellowship Program

The Aspen Institute is an educational & policy studies organization. Its mission is twofold:

  • To foster values-based leadership, encouraging individuals to reflect on the ideals and ideas that define a good society, and
  • To provide a neutral and balanced venue for discussing and acting on critical issues.

These are achieved through Seminars, Young-Leader Fellowships around the world, Policy Programs, as well as Public Conferences/Events.

The four carefully crafted and delivered Seminars are as follows:

The Challenge of Leadership
A 5-day seminar in which the Fellows are exposed to a range of leadership styles.

The Aspen Seminar
A 6-day seminar in which the Fellows build their vision of “a good society”.

Leading in an Era of Globalization
A 5-day seminar in which the Fellows explore the economic, political, scientific, cultural and ethical dimensions of globalization.

The Promise of Leadership
A 5-day seminar in which the Fellows share the results and lessons learned from their Leadership Projects and explore issues of balancing work and family, community engagement and personal legacy.


Soji Apampa, Sankofa Class

“I was challenged to examine the impact of my world view on the choices I have made in my life including what I do and what I aspire to do for the rest of my life”.

Bashir Mundi, Sankofa Class

“I left with a renewed sense of deliberate purpose and confidence in my ability and potential to collaborate with a network of mutually empowering leaders to significantly impact our society, whether in Africa, or other parts of the world”.

Habiba Balogun, Muje Ghanjeria Class

“The program provided a model of other individuals who have successfully effected societal change in difficult circumstances and provided mental preparation for the courage needed to act and withstand the resistance to change that will occur”.