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In two weeks the first class of the Africa Board Fellowship (ABF) program will kick-off the fellowship in Cape Town, South Africa. The convening seminar marks the start of the inaugural fellowship, a six-month program aimed at strengthening the governance expertise of microfinance leaders in sub-Saharan Africa. The first class is composed of 31 board members and CEOs, coming from 13 institutions throughout 12 countries in Africa. Given the diversity of backgrounds and experience these fellows bring, in addition to our seasoned faculty, advisors, and subject expert staff, we are confident that the opportunities for peer learning and exchange will be plentiful in Cape Town, and throughout the fellowship. The profiles of our inaugural class of fellows are now available on the ABF website. Please join us in welcoming these fellows to the program!

We are also thrilled to share that John Lwande, formerly the CEO of Akiba Commercial Bank in Tanzania, will be the director of the ABF program. Lwande, a Kenyan national, brings more than 25 years of experience in microfinance and financial inclusion to the position, including long-term contracts for commercial banks and specialized MFIs in Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, and Congo DRC.

We’ll be at the African Microfinance Week on June 29-July 3 in Dakar, Senegal. If you’re attending, please stop by our booth to say hello and learn more about the fellowship program.

And as the opening seminar draws closer, stay tuned to this blog, where we’ll continue to provide information about the fellowship and fellows.

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