Announcing the Young and Emerging Leaders Project Class of 2024

Find out more about the YELP Class of 2024 fellows.

The LéO Africa Institute is thrilled to announce the Young and Emerging Leaders Project (YELP) Class of 2024. This year marks the sixth class since the program’s inception in 2017, a significant milestone for our flagship leadership development initiative targeting emerging leaders in the public and private sectors in Uganda and across the East African region. Over the years, YELP has cultivated a robust network of over 90 fellows hailing from eight East African countries, fostering a community of dynamic and impactful leaders.

The Class of 2024 continues this tradition of excellence, welcoming 15 outstanding fellows from Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Somalia, and Zambia. These individuals have been selected for their exceptional potential, commitment to positive change, and dedication to serving their communities.

Meet the YELP Class of 2024 Fellows:

Aristide Kambale: Consultant, Global Resilience Partnership

Vanessa Nkesha: Employer Partnerships Officer, The Bridge Talent Services

Sameer Luyombo: Director, Taibah International Schools Ltd.

Mohamed Shidane: Policy Advisor, Ministry of State for the Presidency, The Presidency, Somalia

Christine Isimbi: Associate, Economic Transformation at Tony Blair Institute for Global Change

Taonga Chisamanga: Manager, Governance and Compliance, Bank of Zambia

Mujjuzi Azizi: Planning Officer, Buganda Kingdom

Ivan Kibuuka: Founder at Arudem

Naissa Umutoni: Business Development Supervisor, African Management Institute

Saxon Ssekitooleko: Drilling & Completions Engineer, Total Energies E&P Uganda

Joel Sengendo: Management Analyst, Steadman Global Consulting

Loise Machira: Independent Consultant

Mohamed Sharif: Somalia Peacebuilding Programme Advisor, Life and Peace Institute

Priscilla Busulwa: Lawyer and Legal Consultant, Impact Investments

Iain Usiri: CEO & co-founder, Ramani 

The Young and Emerging Leaders Project is an initiative of the LéO Africa Institute that inducts outstanding thought leaders into a fellowship program designed to train and orient values of self-advancement, integrity, social responsibility, and socioeconomic transformation. The programme is supported by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, a German political foundation.

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