Raising the Next Generation of Values-Based Leaders in Africa. 


The Emerging Leaders Foundation Africa (ELF-Africa) exists to empower, support and accompany young women and men to achieve meaningful, dignified and impactful participation in governance, economy and public affairs at all levels of society. Anchored on our foundational values-based approach to leadership as service. ELF’s vision is pursued through three program pillars namely the Governance & Civic Engagement, Economic Empowerment, Livelihoods & Opportunityand our signature Leadership Development Program.

Through lifeskills training and mentorship, grounding in civic consciousness and responsibility, professional development and practical exposure to the world of work, the three programme pillars collectively provide platforms, tools and linkages to discover, inspire and empower the young women and men to transform their communities even as they thrive individually.


We promote values-based leadership in Africa. That is our mission.

We take a holistic approach to youth leadership development by blending political and economic trainings with personal development trainings and mentorship.

Since 2012, when our Founder, Caren Wakoli, while attending a NEPAD meeting in Addis, saw the need to increase women and youth representation in decision making spaces, we have trained 4366 young people, who have in turn reached another 200, 000 young people across the continent, with over 100 community initiatives started by our fellows in Kenya.


A just and dignified society anchored on values-based leadership and active responsible citizenship.


To catalyse and promote a culture of responsive, inclusive, and accountable governance underpinned by values-based leadership and active citizenship.


  1. Integrity– We can be trusted to keep our promise
  2. Servant Leadership– We approach leadership as service
  3. African Dignity– We are proud of our identity, heritage, and humanity as Africans.
  4. Partnership– We believe we achieve more, and better with others.
  5. Excellence– Only the best is good enough for Africa.
  6. Equality– We believe in equality of opportunity and equality before the law for all.
  7. Active Citizenship– We believe in a shared obligation to building a better society.


ELF is in the business of identifying polishing and supporting Africa’s Young leaders.
We prepare them to shape the future of the continent through our three-step model: Self Discovery, People Connection, Community Impact. We believe that to lead others, a leader must first lead themselves and discover their purpose and values.

We believe in creating a movement of change makers across Africa and providing them with linkages that will amalgamate their individual efforts.

We believe that empowered youth can cause impact in their communities, by starting their own initiatives as a response to an identified challenge.