The Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship is among the top programmes set-up to develop a strong pipeline of leadership within African institutions; attracting over 1, 000 applications, the fellowship places successful applicants within three major institutions focused on the continent, the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the International Trade Centre (ITC). In 2015, the three successful candidates are Tshepelayi Kabata from the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malango Mughogho from Malawi and Vivienne Kajiuongua from Namibia. They join a large group of Ibrahim fellows influencing the way Africa’s development policies are shaped in the future.


The 2015 Ibrahim Fellows 

Tshepelayi_Kabata_smallMr Tshepelayi Kabata will join UNECA. Tshepelayi was previously working at Pinecrest-Queensway Health Community Center in Ottawa where he was a Research and Administrative Project Assistant. Over the last seven years, he has worked as a Post-Doctoral Researcher and a Graduate Research Assistant at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and as research analyst at Sterling Merchant Finance in Washington, DC.



Mahlanga_Mughogho_smallMs Malango Mughogho will join the AfDB. Malango was previously working at WWF South Africa where she was a Programme Manager in Sustainable Finance. She managed the organisation’s strategy engagement to reduce the ecological footprint of financial sector activities, particularly in relation to climate change, water and biodiversity impacts.




VivienneKajiuongua_IBRAHIMFELLOW_smallMs Vivienne Katjiuongua will join the ITC. Vivienne was previously working at the Business and Intellectual Property Rights Authority of Namibia as the Legal Advisor and Company Secretary. Prior to this she was Director at the Namibian Competition Commission, heading the Restrictive Business Practices Division. She was responsible for providing strategic direction and coordination for the division to ensure compliance to all policies and procedures.

Commenting on the new Fellows, Mo Ibrahim said “I would like to extend my warm congratulations to our three new Leadership Fellows. As demonstrated by these exceptional candidates the standard continues to be high. The Foundation remains proud of our other alumni who continue to contribute their skills and learning to a better Africa”

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