PORT LOUIS, Mauritius, October 20, 2016,-/African Media Agency (AMA)/- The African Leadership Network (ALN) is pleased to announce that this year's ALN Annual Gathering (ALN2016) will take place in Mauritius from 2-4 November, 2016. Each year, ALN convenes the most interesting, inspiring, and influential people in Africa for 3 days of relationship-building and leadership development. Participants will leave with powerful relationships, enhanced trust, and a deeper understanding of Africa and the key trends shaping its future.
ALN2016 features an experiential keynote from Grammy award-winning jazz musician Kirk Whalum on what jazz improvisation can teach African leaders about collaboration, innovation, and leadership. ALN2016 also includes the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE), the premier awards that recognize Africa's leading entrepreneurs. At the AAE awards ceremony, guests will be inspired by the achievements of 12 extraordinary entrepreneurs who have achieved success in Africa despite the odds.
This year's AAE finalists include:
Outstanding Growing Business
Outstanding Social Enterprise
Ghana Bamboo Bikes
Outstanding Young Entrepreneur
Chukwuwezam Obanor, PrepClass, Co-Founder and CEO
Fabrice Alomo, MyAConnect, Founder and CEO
Andrew Mupuya, YELI Paper Bags Ltd, Founder and Managing Director
In intimate tailored workshops, ALN2016 attendees will explore the challenges of leading as an African elder, millennial, and woman. They will learn about leading in an uncertain world, succession-planning, and navigating change in Africa's burgeoning cities. They will also gain practical tools for managing mature organizations.
"This year's Annual Gathering will be the most innovative yet; we are breaking the frame between the arts world and the business world, combining approaches from both to further empower Africa's leaders," remarked African Leadership Network Co-Founder Fred Swaniker.
ALN Co-Founder Acha Leke said, about ALN2016: "ALN Annual Gatherings represent an opportunity for African leaders to get together on an annual basis, exchange ideas and best practices, and collaborate. Partnerships that have emerged from ALN Annual Gatherings have led to new ventures, business partnerships, and investment in projects that positively impact the continent of Africa."
ALN2016 will be taking place in Mauritius, an African island nation which is rapidly becoming an important business gateway to the continent. Guests will engage in stimulating discussions and life-changing interactions in an idyllic African setting.
Distributed by African Media Agency (AMA) on behalf of The African Leadership Network.
ABOUT THE AFRICAN LEADERSHIP NETWORK
The African Leadership Network (ALN) brings together Africa's most influential leaders from business, government, civil society, and the arts. ALN's mission is to build relationships and promote pan-African collaboration that will drive Africa's prosperity. ALN also has a strong focus on entrepreneurship through the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship, an annual awards ceremony honoring Africa's top entrepreneurs. ALN's Annual Gathering, to be held at the Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa from 2-4 November, will bring together over 200 of Africa's most influential leaders. The Gathering is an opportunity for attendees to build relationships with one another to promote pan-African collaboration and support ALN's mission of powering Africa's prosperity. ALN was founded in 2010 by Acha Leke and Fred Swaniker. For more information, visit www.africanleadershipnetwork.com and follow @prosper4africa on Twitter.
ABOUT THE AFRICA AWARDS FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE) recognize and award exceptional entrepreneurial leaders who demonstrate business excellence, innovation, and profitability. Since their inception in 2007 by the Legatum Group, AAE has awarded almost USD $2 million to leading entrepreneurs. The AAE Gala Dinner is a black-tie awards ceremony announcing and honoring the year's winners. In 2016, leading entrepreneurs on the African continent will be recognized in the categories of Transformational Business, Outstanding Growing Business, Outstanding Social Enterprise, and Outstanding Young Entrepreneur.