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Drake University annually hosts a cohort of fellows for the Leadership in Business Institute, funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).

Drake has been an Institute Partner since 2016. As participants in Drake's Leadership in Business Institute, Fellows gain knowledge and develop skills in a variety of areas, establish networks, and collaborate with leaders from the Des Moines, Iowa community. This program is offered in collaboration with corporate and community partners in both urban and rural settings, and it explores the intersection between public and private domains. 

The goal for the Institute is to deliver a program that will further develop the entrepreneurial mindset and enhance the business and leadership skills for each of the Mandela Fellows. Fellows enjoy mentoring, networking, and collaboration with a number business and organizations in Greater Des Moines.

Drake’s College of Business and Public Administration is the home base for the Institute, with expert faculty and experience in executive-style education leading the charge on the academic components. Guest speakers, including Ambassador Johnnie Carson, former U.S. Secretary of State for African Affairs, have contributed to the exciting programming.

2021 Fast Facts

Across the United States

  • 49 Sub-Saharan African countries represented
  • 3 Tracks (Business & Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, Public Management)
  • 25 Host Universities & Colleges
  • 700 Fellows selected
  • 38,000+ Program Applicants each year

Drake Institute Cohort

  • 25 Fellows
  • 18 countries
  • 14 Male, 11 Female
  • Business & Entrepreneurship focus
  • Non-profit & For-profit projects
  • Fellows' interests include: Waste Management, Community Development, Healthcare, Sustainability, Media & Communications, Agriculture & Agribusiness, Youth Development, Financial Literacy, Women's Issues, Publishing, Nutrition, and more

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