Discover the Aga Khan’s key to transforming leadership in Africa


The Aga Khan University is transforming leadership across the globe, thanks to a move by the institution to partner with Harvard University in a bid to provide quality training in this field.

The course offered at the Graduate School of Media and Communications at the Aga Khan University (AKU GSMC) is carefully designed to perfectly match the current era of accelerating change in the dynamics of leadership and authority, globally.

According to Vice Provost and Interim Dean at the GSMC Alex O. Awiti , organizational strategies today will be obsolete — if not selfdefeating — tomorrow.

“Success requires agile leadership and visionary communication. That is why the AKU GSMC is proud to offer a seminal opportunity to sharpen two of the most vital skills – leadership and communication – demanded by these challenging times.” He said.

According to the dean, transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa comprises two world class courses. Adaptive Leadership for Africa: Chaos, Complexity and courage, delivered by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University (HKS), Executive Education, helps top executives exercise leadership amid uncertainty with dexterity and purpose.

According to a report by World Bank, it takes good leadership to achieve lasting results in the drive to reduce poverty and improve lives. Political decision-makers in several developing countries face daunting challenges as they work to deliver on their promises and meet citizens’ expectations for improved services and expanded opportunities.

The course which begins in September 15th to 20th and November 10th to 13th this year seeks to equip participants with skills ranging from leadership and authority, leadership and Change as well as communication and leadership.

This program will help you to:

  • Explore modern and proven techniques in
  • Leadership and communication.
  • Develop insights for strengthening your
  • Leadership and communication styles.
  • Understand how to address complex long term organizational challenges.
  • Discover tools to powerfully communicate
  • With peers and direct reports.
  • Be part of a global network.

The Aga Khan University Africa is a dynamic, entrepreneurial, innovative and challenging continent. There is a growing demand for leadership training to navigate the continent’s leap into the 21st Century.

“Leadership in Africa demands a flexible, agile and open mind to deal with this era of dramatic change. It calls for articulate and clear communication, coupled with creativity to navigate the intricacies of the continent’s emerging economies. This suite of courses will equip you with the insight, skills, mindset and communication expertise to confidently lead your organization through these times of great challenge and opportunity,” reads a statement from the institution.

Upon successful completion of Transforming Leadership for 21st Century Africa, participants will be awarded a certificate for Adaptive Leadership for Africa: Chaos Complexity and Courage by the HKS Executive Education, and a certificate for The Voice of Leadership: Inspiration, Influence and Impact by the AKU GSMC. To be awarded these certificates, participants must successfully complete the full suite of offerings.

Leadership in Africa

This training comes at time when Africa is at a crossroads when it comes to leadership, according to

“It is now at the centre of development concerns that its leaders have been involved in for 50 years. These leaders are striving to find a happy outlet through which the black continent would be able play a role at the forefront of the world stage. A new generation of leaders has to be considered, who are capable of facing up to a number of challenges such as fragmentation of the region, history and knowledge, relaying the foundations of the post-colonial State, promotion of democracy and human rights and the implementation of new conditions for peace and freedom, the gauge of sustainable development. The ways in which these various challenges are tackled are crucial,” reads an abstract form openedition, adding that the question of leadership in Africa involves three categories of players: politicians, business leaders and the intellectual elites. The role of each of these players has been a deciding factor in the management of the State and society since the start of independence in 1960.


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Aga Khan University is a unique hybrid: an institution of academic excellence that is also an agent for social development. A leading source of medical, nursing and teacher education, research and public service in the developing world, the University prepares men and women to lead change in their societies and to thrive in the global economy.

Guided by the principles of impact, quality, relevance and access, the University has campuses and programmes in Pakistan, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Afghanistan and the United Kingdo​m. It operates teaching hospitals in Karachi and Nairobi, Schools of Nursing and Midwifery, Medical Colleges, Institutes for Educational Development, the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations, the Graduate School of Media and Communications, the East Africa Institute and the Institute for Human Development.

AKU also runs an Examination Board and manages the French Medical Institute for Mothers and Children in Kabul, Afghanistan.

Also Read: Aga Khan Building Capacity For E. Africa Healthcare Professionals


Yvonne Kawira is an award winning journalist with an interest in matters, regional trade, tourism, entrepreneurship and aviation. She has been practicing for six years and has a degree in mass communication from St Paul’s University.

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