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John Mwati Gichanga

Kenya & University of Cape Town, 2023

John Mwati Gichanga graduated from the University of Nairobi with a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in Economics, he also holds a Diploma in Project Management from the Kenya Institute of Management. John was selected as a member of Deloitte Africa NextGen Advisory Council, comprised of millennials and GenZ’s across the firm who act as an advisory committee to the Deloitte Africa Executive. He is also a fellow at the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), launched by President Barrack Obama in 2015 as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

He has been featured as a speaker in various leadership platforms including the 2022 UNDP Bureau for Africa cluster meeting of Resident Representatives where he spoke on value-driven leadership as a key driver to a future smart Africa.

In pursuing a Master’s in Development & Public Policy, John believes he will be better placed to contribute to the transformation of his nation and continent at large. He aspires to mentor young African leaders through his initiative – The Transcending Africa Leadership Foundation – an upcoming dynamic youth network that seeks to nurture a new breed of value-driven leaders across Africa.

John enjoys making friends and reading biographies, he is currently learning roller skating.

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We look for young Africans who have demonstrated the potential to embody our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership.

On 1 January 2023, I will be between the age of 19 and 29

I am a citizen of an African country

I have an undergraduate degree with above-average academic results (70% + or Upper Second Class Honours)


We look for young leaders who aspire to the principles below and who have demonstrated the potential to live them out.


Do you aspire to be a visionary leader who has moral authority? Do you see leadership as more than just personal ambition - as a way to pursue the advancement of equality and freedom, human rights and human dignity? And do you want to guide and inspire others to reach their full potential?


Do you admire Nelson Mandela’s ability to bridge historic divides through our common humanity? Do you believe that reconciliation and reparation are the key to transforming our societies so that everyone can have equal opportunity to thrive? And are you prepared to begin by grappling with your own internal divides and difficulties first?


Do you have excellent academic results, but believe that your education should not only benefit you but make a difference to others? And do you understand that intellectual excellence must be accompanied by character and a rounded personality?


Do you want to see Africa take its rightful place as an equal and competitive presence in the global world? Have you demonstrated individual effort, innovation and creativity to this end?


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