African Leadership Development Program

Steering Committee

Steering Committee and Participants of the African Leadership Development Program

Last week, 30 members of Victoria’s African community graduated from the inaugural African Leadership Development Program.

The Program, which ran over five months, paired mentors from business, not-for-profit and government sectors with emerging African Australian leaders to develop their skills in areas such as planning, governance and sustainability. The mentors are all Alumni of LV’s ExperienceBank Leadership Program.

The participants, from 12 countries across Africa and on full scholarships for the program, received accredited training from Victoria University and worked alongside their mentors on community based projects.

Naresh Raja, worked with program participant Ngozi Azubuike on a project to use sports and recreation to encourage socialising and networking amongst youth in Victoria’s Nigerian and Sierra Leone communities through various activities including golf clinics and a trip to Mt Buller with over 70 people.

The project encourages social inclusion of African youths into the wider Australian community and introduces them to African culture and tradition.

Ngozi said she became involved in the African Leadership Development Program out of a desire to motivate African women to take up leadership roles.

“When l learnt of the program, my interest was to go for it because l believed it would empower me to pursue this passion of making a difference in my community as a female leader,” she said.

She found working with Naresh, her mentor, an inspiring experience.

“l learnt a lot through him, especially in the area  of community development and accessing and applying for funding and grants. He was more than supportive, he was always present at each section of the training and more discussion and explanation after lectures helped me to understand things better,” she said.

“He also became a life coach and personal friend which has extended to our families.”

LV would also like to extend our warm congratulations to another participant in the program, Yasir Mahmud, who recently won the National Employment Services Association, Consultant of the year award for his work helping disadvantaged people find work.

Berhan Ahmed, Jerril Rechter

Berhan Ahmed (left) Chair, African Think Tank, Jerril Rechter (middle) Executive Director, Leadership Victoria

Haileluel Gebre-selassie

Haileluel Gebre-selassie, Program Manager, African Leadership Development Program