Fred Swaniker
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The man trying to train Africa's future leaders

Fred Swaniker, an entrepreneur with a passion for solving social problems, believes that many of Africa's predicaments boil down to a lack of adequate leadership.

To help change that, during the last nine years he has focused his energy on the creation and development of a pan-African high school aimed at fostering the next generation of leaders.

The African Leadership Academy (ALA) opened in January 2008 on the outskirts of Johannesburg, South Africa, and currently has around 200 students from 40 countries.

"I thought that if I can create an organisation that can find young entrepreneurs, young leaders in every country in Africa - that has the potential to really change the continent," Mr Swaniker told the BBC's series African Dream.

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  • 02 Jan 2012
  • From the section Africa