27 September, NEW YORK. The African Democratic Institute (ADI) is proud to announce Mr. Fred Swaniker as the 2015 Pan African Leaders Platform (PALP) Award winner.
A statement was issued during the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Summit on the sides-lines of the UN General Assembly; a global spotlight shone on Africans who have inspired us to advance democracy and prioritise the well-being of humankind. Former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo – also nominated this year – announced Mr. Swaniker as Africa’s 2015 preserver of democracy.
This year; 22 extraordinary Africans were nominated across Africa in the categories of (a) preserving peace, (b) crafting institutional development and (c) advocating for education – all core pillars of the African Democratic Institute (ADI). Mr. Swaniker was nominated under the category of institutional development.
Born in Ghana, Mr. Swaniker is a serial entrepreneur and leadership development expert. He is the Executive Chairman and Founder of the African Leadership Academy; an institution aimed at developing 6,000 transformative leaders for Africa over a 50-year period. He is also the Founder of the African Leadership Network, Global Leadership Adventures, and Africa Advisory Group. He has been recognised as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (WEF), and in 2011 was acknowledged by Forbes as one of the top ten young ‘Power Men’ in Africa.
Since its establishment in 2009 – the African Democratic Institute’s (ADI) vision has been to increase the quality, value, and extent of democracy in Africa. It is in this vision that ADI annually grants the Pan African Leaders Award to an exceptional African who has shown a commitment to building, uplifting and protecting democratic principles.