Summit of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders

Notice to the Press
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
July 26, 2018


More than 700 young leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa will be in Washington, D.C from July 30–August 1 for the State Department-sponsored Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. The Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit fosters and builds relationships that support and expand U.S.-Africa cooperation on shared goals on the continent.

On July 30, sessions open to press include opening remarks by Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Tibor Nagy and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Jennifer Zimdahl Galt, followed by the panel discussions on women’s empowerment and youth leadership, with a special video introduction from Ivanka Trump, Advisor to the President.

On August 1, sessions open to the press include Promoting Trade and Entrepreneurship for Mutual Prosperity; Investing in the Next Generation of African Leaders; and a Conversation on Leadership and Cultural Memory. The latest agenda is available on the website: https://yalisummit.irex.org/agenda.

The young African leaders are convening in Washington after six weeks of academic study and leadership training at 27 higher education institutions across the United States as part of the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. Alumni of the Fellowship are playing a role in strengthening democratic institutions, spurring economic growth, and enhancing peace and security in Africa. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), a key element in the United States’ effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.

To request media credentials for open press events, please submit the online form at https://form.jotform.com/81825454314153. To obtain media credentials upon check-in, media representatives must present one of the following: (1) A U.S. Government-issued identification card (Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of Defense, or Foreign Press Center), (2) a media-issued photo identification card, or (3) a letter from their employer on letterhead verifying their employment as a journalist, accompanied by an official photo identification card (driver's license, passport).

For further information, please contact ECA-Press@state.gov. Participants and those following along are encouraged to use the hashtag #YALI2018 to join the conversation. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by IREX.