Fred Swaniker

Founder and CEO,
African Leadership Academy

Fred Swaniker is an entrepreneur with deep experience in education and leadership on the African continent. Currently based in Johannesburg, he is the founder and CEO of African Leadership Academy, a world-class, pan-African secondary school that aims to develop future generations of African leaders.

Swaniker has extensive experience in launching and managing private educational institutions in Africa, such as the Mount Pleasant English Medium School, one of the top-performing private elementary schools in Botswana. He also co-founded the African Leadership Network, as well as Global Leadership Adventures, a leadership development program for youth with sites in 10 countries. He  gained entrepreneurial experience when he served as founding COO of Synexa Life Sciences and a consultant for McKinsey and Company.

He is an ALI fellow and was recognized by Echoing Green as one of 15 “best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world” in 2006. He was chosen as one of 25 TED fellows in 2009 and is a fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network. In 2010, US President Obama invited Swaniker to participate in the first-ever “President’s Forum for Young African Leaders” and was named a 2012 young global leader by the World Economic Forum.

He holds an MBA degree from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a BA from Macalester College.