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May 27, 2015



The picture you see here is one of proud UT (Hook ’em!) and African Leadership Bridge alumnus, John Kidenda, receiving the “Raymond Vernon Award for Outstanding Commitment to International Development” from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government on May 26th, 2015. John stood out among some incredible peers at HKS to receive this recognition. At ALB, we are extremely proud of John for his accomplishments at Harvard, and we are excited about the fact that he will soon join another ALB alumnus, Yves Mafolo, back on the African Continent.


This summer will represent a turning point for these two amazing young men and for ALB: our mission begins to come to fruition in Africa!


John will be working on critical issues like Food Security, Human Rights, Access to Finance, and Gender Empowerment for Dalberg Global Development Advisors, based in Kenya. Yves will be working on financial issues for a Fortune 25 company in Angola. When we started this organization about eight years ago, we dreamt of the day that we could talk about results instead of simply potential. That day is upon us!


There is still a lifetime of potential ahead for John, Yves, TK, Wambui, Diana – and for the scholars that will follow in their footsteps – but today, we celebrate the turning of a page. Onwards to Chapter 2, and onwards to 25×25!


As always, we thank our supporters! If you’d like to get involved, please contact our Executive Director, Bailey McEachern.




Tags: Harvard University, Honors & Awards, John Kidenda, Rick Reeder, The University of Texas at Austin, Yves Mafolo