Supporting the Leaders of the Future

Supporting the Leaders of the Future


We are delighted to share the news that Samah Salman, one of our Professionals for Africa (PfA) members, has recently been awarded a place on the 2015 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship programme.  This is as the result of a PfA networking event held at the end of 2014 where we welcomed Mr Michael Stone to the event as representative from the African Leadership Institute (AfLI), on organisations whose goal is to identify, nurture and enhance leadership capability across Africa, with particular focus on the promising leaders of the future.

AfLI’s aim is to create a network of high potential young Africans who have attended their programmes, and who are expected to rise to top leadership positions in their sphere of activity over the next 5-20 years.

This year, after a competitive selection process, and as a direct result of the PfA event, Samah was selected to attend the 5 month part time course which involves two 9 day workshops, the first in South Africa in April, while the second will be held at Oxford University and in London at the beginning of September.

Executives in Africa supports the PfA through taking a key leadership role in the committee organising and running London based events for the PfA network.  We are delighted to have facilitated this opportunity for Samah and wish her all the very best for the programme this year.

To read more about the work of the African Leadership Institute, and its flagship programme, please visit their website at

About Samah

Samah Salman is a strategy and finance professional with extensive experience in American, Asian, African and Middle Eastern corporate environments.  A global citizen, Samah has lived in the U.S., Sudan, Italy and the UK.  She speaks English, Arabic, proficient French and is learning Chinese.

Samah is completing post-graduate studies in renewable energy technologies and agricultural economics.  Previously, she was on the executive leadership team of one of the largest agri-food enterprises in Africa, operating out of Khartoum, Sudan.  As Strategic Planning Manager, she established a strategy office and drove the company strategy with senior management.  They received recognition from the UK’s Management Consultancy Association for ‘Runner Up, Best Strategy Project’ as well as the UAE’s ‘Best Project’ prize at the CSR Arabia Awards for their sustainable agri-food strategy.

Samah was also part of a team that set up CNPC (China National Petroleum Company)’s operation in Sudan and also worked with a Malaysian-Chinese-Emirati-Sudanese consortium with oil and gas interests in Sudan.  She also has had experience with Merrill Lynch, SG Cowen and the US Senate.

Samah holds a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania with concentrations in finance and management, where she was a Benjamin Franklin Scholar and a Joseph Wharton Scholar.

She has been recently awarded the 2015 Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship.  Sudan is one of the most volatile countries in the horn of Africa, having been dealt a complicated hand with civil war, secession of South Sudan, crisis in Darfur, US Sanctions and ICC indictments.  Samah hopes to capitalize on the principles of moral leadership embodied by the Tutu Fellowship to further her leadership contribution to one of Africa’s most difficult hot spots.

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