Profile: Young African Leadership Initiative, Mandela Washington Fellow Ash Seewoolall
The Young African Leadership Initiative is a program that began under the Obama Administration. Young people from across the continent of Africa apply for a Mandela Washington Fellowship. A select few are invited to participate in the Young African Leadership Initiative. YALIs attend education programs held at colleges and universities in the United States. The program at Clark Atlanta University is hosted by the School of Business and focuses on entrepreneurship. We’ll speak with some YALI participants during the coming weeks. This week we’re speaking with Ash Seewoolall, who is from Mauritius.
Seewoolall explains that his career began at PriceWaterhouseCoopers after graduating with a degree in accounting. He held management positions in various areas, including finance, human resources, and sales. After leaving PWC, he took a position with a consulting concern to learn more about the merging of IT and Finance. He eventually made a pivot to marketing and sustainability.
Working with young entrepreneurs, Seewoolall believes that his generation of entrepreneurs will work on mastering sustainable solutions that will also increase efficiencies. He believes that his generation will use technology and culture to make the world a better place.
I asked Seewoolall about his home Mauritius, and he shared that there is significant diversity among several ethnic groups. He speaks about the main street in Port Louis, where mosques, temples, churches, and unity exist. Citizens celebrate the festivals and holidays of every ethnic and religious group.