Tinacho Chitongo

Director of Development, African Leadership Academy






Tinacho is the Director of Development at African Leadership Academy (ALA). The Academy seeks to transform Africa by developing a powerful network of over 6,000 leaders who will work together to address Africa’s greatest challenges, achieve extraordinary social impact, and accelerate the continent’s growth trajectory.

Through a two year residential program based in Johannesburg, South Africa young leaders start their journey with ALA with a curriculum anchored in Entrepreneurial Leadership and African Studies as they prepare for a lifetime of impact.

To date, the Academy has groomed over 1,000 leaders from 46 African countries. Tinacho has spent the last 8 years playing a leading role in identifying Africa’s highest potential teenagers competing for a place at the Academy. Recently, he has transitioned from the Admissions office to lead development, as the Academy enters its second decade of operation.

Why are you optimistic about the future of work?

quote I am optimistic about opportunities to re-define career trajectories for young people as new models of education emerge around the world.

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