The African Leadership Centre (ALC) is a global community of scholars, based at King’s College London and the University of Nairobi, whose research on peace, leadership and security issues aims to inform and influence policy change both in Africa and at a global level.
The ALC was founded in Nairobi in 2010 and runs groundbreaking masters programmes and a highly competitive Fellowship programme that allows those involved to work and study on several continents. Over the years the ALC has attracted some of the most influential African thought leaders, diplomats, military personnel, politicians and civil society leaders to speak at lectures and debates with its students in London and Nairobi. Its innovative approaches to debating major issues affecting Africa – through the web-based ALC Radio, for instance, or through its bi-annual Africa debates- has attracted considerable praise.
The ALC places great value on the core values that underpin effective leadership, and the research undertaken at the Centre is global in its breadth and impact. Although not exclusively African in its coverage or it’s student intake, the ALC is nevertheless committed to developing future generations of African leaders - women and men. It trains and mentors young people with the potential to lead and enable innovative change in their communities and in the region; to that end, it builds capacity not just of the individuals, but of the communities, institutions and organisations in which they live and work. It has a particularly strong network of successful alumni around the world who continue to actively participate and support its initiatives.