Obama Foundation opens ‘Convening of Rising African Leaders’ in Johannesburg

July 12: The Obama Foundation has opened its “Convening of Rising African Leaders” workshop in Johannesburg, where 200 rising leaders from 45 African countries and various sectors are participating in skill building and leadership development training.

The five-day gathering, which continues until 15 July, began with a community dinner on Wednesday at which Leaders shared views, perspectives, and their diversity of backgrounds.

In a statement, the foundation said former SA Finance Minister Trevor Manuel was scheduled to speak on Thursday afternoon on “Ethical Leadership in Africa”. Leaders were expected to hear about making unpopular, but principled, choices and overcoming unique obstacles to obtain positions of leadership.

Other speakers include Andrew Ishaan Gasnolar, a legal and policy specialist working on public transport and infrastructure projects in private and public in South Africa.

Saieshan Govinder, who is driving the digital job creation stream at the Youth Employment Service (YES) – a non-profit, business-led collaboration supported by the SA Presidency to create one million employment opportunities for unemployed South African youth – is also expected to make a presentation.

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