Mo Ibrahim Foundation Announces 2024 Ibrahim Leadership Fellows

Mo Ibrahim Foundation
Mo Ibrahim Foundation

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation proudly announces the 2024 class of Ibrahim Leadership Fellows, with three emerging African leaders selected to participate in year-long mentoring programs at prestigious multilateral institutions.

The 2024 Fellows are Hanae Rharnit from Morocco, Veronica Rhobi Masubo from Tanzania, and Terfa Ashwe from Nigeria.

Hanae Rharnit will join the African Development Bank (AfDB), Veronica Rhobi Masubo will work with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and Terfa Ashwe will be placed at the International Trade Centre (ITC). Over the next 12 months, these Fellows will enhance their technical and leadership skills while directly contributing to research and policy design. A unique aspect of the program is the opportunity for direct mentorship from the heads of their respective host organizations.

Since its inception in 2012, the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship program has seen 37 Fellows from across Africa, including this year’s cohort, benefit from this transformative experience. Upon completing their placements, Fellows join the Foundation’s Now Generation Network (NGN), a coalition dedicated to advancing Africa’s development agenda.

Dr. Mo Ibrahim, Chair of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, congratulated the new Fellows:

“We are incredibly proud to welcome Hanae Rharnit, Veronica Rhobi Masubo, and Terfa Ashwe as the 2024 Ibrahim Leadership Fellows. Their impressive backgrounds and commitment to Africa’s development are truly inspiring. We look forward to seeing the impact they will make in their respective fields and wish them every success as they embark on this transformative journey. Their work is crucial for the development of Africa, and we are confident they will contribute significantly to advancing the continent’s progress.”

Fellow Profiles:

Hanae Rharnit (Morocco)

  • Host Institution: African Development Bank (AfDB)
  • Background: Senior expert in international development and cooperation, specializing in renewable energy and green hydrogen. With 15 years of experience, she focuses on energy transition, sustainable development, and the green economy. Hanae is a seasoned speaker at international conferences.

Veronica Rhobi Masubo (Tanzania)

  • Host Institution: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
  • Background: Current Mo Ibrahim Fellow with ECA, Veronica is an international development economist with nine years of experience in economic policy research, public policy, and program management. Her expertise includes African industrialization, public financial management, and development finance.

Terfa Ashwe (Nigeria)

  • Host Institution: International Trade Centre (ITC)
  • Background: Legal professional with experience in international trade and development. Terfa is skilled in international economic relations, digital trade, policy analysis, trade-related capacity building, business development, and trade-gender issues. She focuses on the intersections of trade with building sustainable and inclusive economies in developing countries.

The Mo Ibrahim Foundation continues to support Africa’s future leaders through initiatives like the Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship, fostering talent and encouraging sustainable development across the continent.

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