Founding President of Seychelles and CdM Member, James R Mancham, addresses emerging African leaders in Nairobi

Sir James R. Mancham, Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles, Club de Madrid Member and President of the Global Peace Council of the Universal Peace Federation, will address leaders from across Africa on the Africa Venture, a leadership programme for exceptional emerging leaders from across  the continent. He will also be presented with the Africa Peace Award 2016 at the launch of the programme in Nairobi.

Run by Common Purpose, a global non-profit leadership development organization, in collaboration with the World Leadership Alliance-Club de Madrid, and in association with Accenture and Rand Merchant Bank, the Africa Venture rose the Challenge: Over the next decade, how do we create five world class African institutions developing African entrepreneurs who catalyse our African cities’ economies?


Hosted in Kenya and India, the programme encouraged leaders to work in new directions and equip them to operate effectively across the African continent. Participants came from more than 20 countries across the continent including South Africa, Malawi, Madagascar, Kenya, Libya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Cameroon and Ghana.

The programme focused on building Cultural Intelligence, the ability to cross divides and thrive in multiple cultures. This will enable participants to work more effectively across the African continent, appreciating and understanding its diversity, strengthening their influencing skills, and using these new attributes to innovate.

Contributors and speakers on the programme included Jonathan Mueke, Deputy Governor of Nairobi County, Ngugi Kiuna, Head of Investment Banking – Africa, Rand Merchant Bank, Sitawa Namwalie, Kenyan poet, Ken Okwero, Head of Products and Services, Safaricom, Esther Wanjiru, Executive Director, WECREATE|KENYA, Basil Jones, Advisor to the Special Envoy on Gender, African Development Bank, Carole Kariuki, CEO, Kenya Private Sector Alliance and Thabitha Karanja, Founder and CEO of Keroche Breweries.


Our Member James R. Mancham received the African Peace Award in the margins of this event. An extraordinary achievement to be added to a great career dedicated to peace, understanding and democracy