University set to host 2019 Mandela Washington Fellows for fifth year

Africa's emerging business and entrepreneurship leaders to visit the University for a six-week academic and leadership institute

Mid-June, 25 Mandela Washington Fellow will journey to Nevada for a six-week academic and leadership institute at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Former Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval poses with the 2018 Mandela Washington Fellows.

The University of Nevada, Reno is proud to announce that it will once again be an Institute Partner for the 2019 Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. For the fifth consecutive year, the University will host 25 of Africa's brightest emerging Business leaders. Fellowship participants will begin their six-week leadership institute, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, from June 19 to July 28, 2019.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), empowers young African leaders through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, networking, professional opportunities and local community engagement. Fellows are young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa who have established records of accomplishment in promoting innovation and positive change in their organizations, institutions, communities and countries.

At the University, the fellows will participate in a customized academic institute that focuses on practical skills building in the area of business and entrepreneurship. They will connect with local leaders and community partners, such as Microsoft, to network and develop professional connections as well as give back to the community through service opportunities in the Reno/Tahoe area.

The cohort of fellows hosted by the University will be part of a larger group of 700 Mandela Washington Fellows at 27 institutions across the United States this summer. These exceptional young leaders will meet at the end of their institutes in Washington, D.C. for the sixth annual Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit. They will take part in networking and panel discussions with each other and U.S. leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors. Following the Summit, 70 Fellows will participate in four weeks of professional development training at U.S. non-governmental organizations, private companies and government agencies.

For additional information about the Mandela Washington Fellowship Institute at the University of Nevada, Reno, please contact Carina Black, executive director of the Northern Nevada International Center at 784.7515, ext. 221 or

The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. Department of State and is administered by IREX. Join the conversation at #YALI2018.

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