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Rwanda: Jack Ma Appointed Visiting Professor At Rwanda’s African Leadership University


The African Leadership University (ALU) in Kigali has appointed Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group and Jack Ma Foundation, as a visiting professor.

This move is expected to inspire young African entrepreneurs and equip them with the skills needed to dream big and pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations with greater passion and determination.

Dr. Fred Swaniker, the founder of ALU, expressed excitement about the opportunity for the university’s students to learn directly from one of the world’s greatest entrepreneurs.

“I’m thrilled that the young African entrepreneurs we’re developing at ALU will now have the opportunity to learn directly from one of the greatest entrepreneurs in the world. Mr Ma’s expertise, especially as a tech founder and innovator will be invaluable to our students and motivate them to dream bigger, think outside the box, and pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations with even greater passion and determination,” said Dr. Swaniker.

Ma’s vast experience in entrepreneurship and sustainable development is globally recognized. He was named a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate by the United Nations in 2016 and Special Adviser to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) for Youth Entrepreneurship and Small Business.

In 2018, he launched Africa’s Business Heroes, a philanthropic initiative aimed at recognizing 100 African entrepreneurs and providing grant funding, training programs, and broader support for the African entrepreneurial ecosystem.