Our mission is to catalyze global change by unlocking extraordinary opportunities for undiscovered talent, starting in Africa.

What Makes Us Different

Born Global

Founded in Africa, not in Silicon Valley, The Room is inclusive and global from inception. We seek to build the most diverse community of top talent in the world.

An ‘offline’ community

We believe trusted relationships are best built in person. While we leverage the best technology and virtual experiences, we prioritize in-person events and spaces.

Built on a higher purpose

Each member is expected to not only strive for their personal success, but to ultimately aim for “significance”. We challenge our members to use their influence to enable positive outcomes for society.

We give as much as we get

Every Room member is expected to create opportunity for others. As Michelle Obama said: “When you’ve walked through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it shut behind you. You reach back and you give other folks the same chances that helped you succeed.”

Relationships, not transactions

We seek to build long-term, trusted relationships with our members as they progress through different stages of their lives.

Always fresh

We constantly infuse the community with fresh, innovative young leaders who bring new ideas for solving the world’s big challenges.


Be a Pathfinder

When we all give, we all thrive. Share opportunities widely. Make time for others. Open doors for others.

Be trustworthy

Be honest about who you are and what you’re capable of. Deliver on what you say you’ll do.

Show respect

We respect each other, despite our differences.

No ego

Leave your ego at the door. Everyone here matters. Give everyone the opportunity to contribute.

Be a doer, not a talker

Talk less, do more. Demonstrate substance over hype.


The Room is an initiative of African Leadership Group, an ecosystem of institutions which share a common vision: transforming Africa and the world by developing and connecting the next generation of ethical, entrepreneurial leaders.


Hear from Founder Fred Swaniker, one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People of 2019.


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Our Founder

I believe that those of us who are privileged enough to be educated, healthy, and part of powerful networks should not be doing easy things. The only way to justify our privilege is to do the hard things that society demands of us — to solve tough problems and create opportunities for others. I launched The Room to bring the most ambitious ‘doers’ together to do these hard things that will change the world. I welcome you to be a part of our story and join this global community as we make history together.

Fred Swaniker

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