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Hatim Eltayeb

Hatim was among the first faculty members of African Leadership Academy. From 2009-2012, he taught primarily in the African Studies department. He also Chaired the Seminal Readings Committee, shaping the curriculum for a unique Socratic course at the heart of the Academy. As a Hallmaster in the student residence, he gained an appreciation of the unique learning opportunities in a boarding school environment. In 2011, he was named ALA “Teacher of the Year”. As Dean of the Academy, Hatim leads the flagship programme and works with teachers and students to help shape a campus community and teams with innovation that leverages its exceptional cultural diversity.

Hatim is graduate of Harvard University, where he completed a B.A. in Government with a secondary concentration in Political and Moral Philosophy.

Title of Session: Leadership in the Age of Disruption – Lessons from ALA

10 years ago, African Leadership Academy (ALA) opened its doors to 90 students from across the African continent. These adventurous 16-19 year-olds chose to join our fledgling community because they believed in an audacious, shared, mission: to transform the African continent, through ethical and effective leadership, into a place of lasting peace and shared prosperity. Today, ALA has more than 1,000 alumni representing 46 different African countries. After ALA, these graduates have gone on to attend more than 140 leading global universities. Most excitingly, after completing tertiary studies, ALA alumni are electing overwhelmingly to return to the continent and pursue meaningful work. In this talk, Hatim will reflect on the lessons ALA has learned (and continues to learn) in 10 years of preparing young people, in an intentional community, for lives of purpose and impact.

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