Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) has over the years trained young African leaders to prepare them for leadership roles in Africa’s future. It is for this reason that the American Chamber of Commerce in Ghana is partnering with YALI to bring to the notice of Members, the works and some of the positive impacts and success stories of the program.

AmCham’s involvement is to appeal to Member companies to assist YALI Cohorts by providing mentorship, internship opportunities and some instances assist cohorts to engage in community service.  Some notable U.S companies like Dow Chemical, MasterCard and Microsoft have led the efforts at training these cohorts at the YALI Center at GIMPA. Chamber Members may also consider funding this program as part of their contribution to the development of leaders in the sub region.

The Executive Secretary of the Chamber sat down with Dr. Shola Safo-Duodu, Director of YALI and she shared details on the initiative and success stories of some cohorts. Watch video below.



About YALI

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) was launched by the United States government as a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

The YALI Accra Regional Leadership Centre (R LC) offers an experience learning program for young Africans in three tracks: public policy and government; civil society leadership; and business and entrepreneurship. The curriculum also addresses leadership, ethics and contemporary issues affecting Africa, among other transformational topics.

Selected from over 35,000 applicants, we have already trained over 2500 young West Africans. The institute aims to train at least 1200 young African leaders a year.

  • The YALI Regional Leadership Center empowers young Africans to shape the future of the continent.
  • Our Alumni are young citizens who are able to positively influence and impact local business and entrepreneurship.
  • Our alumni are able to offer expertise to sustain meaningful and relevant non-governmental organizations.
  • Our Alumni who are Public Managers are able to serve as functional and ethical administrators in public office.

Contact Dr. Shola Safo-Duodu at   or   visit