With over 35 years of venture capital investing experience, Mike Levinthal has helped drive the growth of such portfolio companies as Peloton, Paytm, Divvy, Podium, Degreed and Citrix. He was a Partner with Mayfield for two decades and holds an MBA from Stanford, where he also received his MS and BS degrees in Engineering. One of Mike’s proudest investments is the Mayfield Fellows Program that he helped establish in 1996, which develops entrepreneurial and leadership skills for top engineering and business students at Stanford.

Since leaving Mayfield, Mike relocated to Utah and has been involved in a number of successful companies and non-profit organisations, working closely with entrepreneurs to grow their business ideas. We caught up with this seasoned investor to find out his approach to risk-taking — covering everything from skeleton sledding, spacewalks and activism to the most reckless investment he’s made. …


Co-Founder of Sango Capital, an innovative African private equity business backed by leading global investors, Richard has had a thriving career in a cutthroat sector. …


A Young Leader from Kenya, Millicent is a passionate dreamer and an ambitious doer. Currently working at Proto Energy, she believes that young people have the power to make the world a better place — if they’re willing to step up to the challenge with integrity and tenacity. As a graduate of ALX, she credits the program with unlocking her potential and shifting her mindset to see problems as opportunities.

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“As young leaders, we all have ambitions and problems we would like to solve. Our role is to take that step towards realising our dreams. We have to take ownership of our present and future by changing the narrative through courage and resilience — not shying away from being an outlier if it means shifting the status quo.”


Steve Boehlke has worked for some 40 years with youth and top corporate executives around the world to inspire integrity and authenticity in leadership. As an accomplished consultant, facilitator and speaker, his professional journey has taken him from youth minister, founder of a non-profit organization, and Assistant Dean of Students at Princeton University to establishing a successful global leadership development consulting practice, SFB Associates. He has served for the past 11 years as a Senior Advisor to the African Leadership Group and is passionate about working with young leaders on the continent.

Steve’s gift for enabling people to develop leadership capabilities through a greater awareness of themselves and their world is unparalleled. He shared with us some vital lessons on authenticity, fear, and why we shouldn’t necessarily try to emulate leaders we admire. …


Nozipho January-Bardill has led a dazzling career in the public and private sectors. A former Ambassador to Switzerland, she has served on the boards of AngloGold Ashanti, Credit Suisse Securities and Mercedes Benz South Africa, and chairs the Council of the Nelson Mandela University and the board of the UN Global Compact Local Network. Nozipho has worked in leadership positions at MTN and a number of non-governmental organisations. We caught up with her to hear about her experiences in human rights work and how she’s been able to build on her passion for women’s empowerment.

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“As you grow older, you start to understand that you can’t change the world. But you have a sphere of influence, and it’s in that sphere that you can effect change. Across the globe, more women are getting into parliament and employed in government; more women are involved in businesses and sitting on boards. The private sector is waking up to the fact that women make a huge difference in positions of power.”


A recent graduate of the inaugural class at ALX, Sharon Murage is focused on empowering other young women through her work. Based in Nairobi, she is currently completing a Research Internship at Botho Emerging Markets. As a Young Leader starting out her career, Sharon shares with us some of the challenges and triumphs of her journey and how she aims to take her mission forward.

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“I admire influential women in leadership and believe that young women such as myself should emulate their strengths, learning from those who have gone before us. …


A passionate environmentalist, Grace Wambui Kamau is dedicated to raising awareness around climate change and finding solutions to mitigate its dire impacts. Having recently graduated from the ALX Launchpad, she credits the experience with motivating her to home in on her mission. We caught up with this Young Leader from Kenya to hear more about her work and the role she thinks young Africans can be playing in addressing global challenges.

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“Climate Change and unemployment are two of the biggest challenges we face as a continent and across the globe. …


If you thought COVID-19 would be coming to an end next year, think again. In a powerful conversation with Fred Swaniker, founder of The Room, Peter Drobac shared his insights on the multiple structural crises that have been unleashed with the pandemic, revealing the fault lines of an unjust world. …


At a cocktail event, there’s a reason why the unassuming person with access to the most wealth in the room wants to follow up with you over anyone they met that evening. …

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