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Returning Leaders

Part of the theory of change of the Obama Foundation is that our Leaders continue to be force multipliers in their communities and on the continent long after their program year concludes. That’s why we’re pleased to welcome back 15 members of the 2018 class to serve as speakers, facilitators, and mentors for the new class. Get to know a few of them below!

Taryn Lock is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of Read to Rise, an organization that promotes youth literacy in under-served communities throughout South Africa. Taryn will attend the kick-off event for the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa program July 14-18, 2018, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

King Gyan plays soccer with one of his students.

King Gyan is a star Ghanaian footballer, but we know him as a changemaker who’s inspiring the next generation through sport. Take a peek at King's day-to-day work at the Right to Dream Academy.

Linda Kamau is a founding member of AkiraChix, an organization in Kenya devoted to increasing the number of women in technology and empowering them to reach out to help others along the way. Linda will attend the kick-off event for the Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa program July 14-18, 2018, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Nichole Yembra is inspiring, empowering, and connecting the future of women-led tech in Africa. See how she's doing it.

Effective leadership isn't about telling others what to do. It takes emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, and empathy.

Veda Sunassee, Mauritius

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