Jennifer Potter Emerging Leaders


The Jennifer Potter Emerging Leaders program is an effort to inspire and empower the next generation of African business leaders. Launched in 2013, the initiative was undertaken in recognition of Jennifer Potter, IGD’s former President & CEO and her ten years of leadership and commemorates her dedication to expanding economic opportunity throughout her career, particularly among women.

Each year IGD selects two promising young business leaders under the age of 40 who demonstrate a commitment to Africa’s development through business growth and investment, and have the potential to forge economic and development changes across the continent. Through a one-year sponsored membership, Emerging Leaders:

  • Gain exclusive access to IGD’s network of sector-leading senior executives.
  • Attend IGD’s Africa-based Frontier 100 Forum with sponsored travel costs.
  • Participate in exclusive mentorship activities with CEOs in the IGD Frontier Leader Network.

These experiences provide Emerging Leaders the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals operating successful businesses in Africa. The program will influence their business practices and foster relationships that support business objectives and maximize investments.


“The opportunity to be a Jennifer Potter Emerging Leaders Fellow came at right time when I was trying to improve and grow my business. The fellowship and the network it brings have indeed been great. I cherish these privileges that I know would help my career go far.” –Adeshola Komolafe, 2014 Fellow



Susan Pic - Devex“It’s really great to become a JPELF fellow. I’d like to turn these opportunities and network into something of concrete value to make a difference in many people’s lives. Thanks to the IGD’s fellowship, I can see a big picture now, a holistic approach to my business, and I know how to more forward.”- Susan Mashibe, 2013 Fellow

> Click here to download the Fellowship Information PDF.


The nomination application to become an Emerging Leader will be available in late-February 2017.


The JPELF Program would not be possible without the generous support of donors who recognize and encourage IGD’s role in supporting the next generation of African business leaders. Become a part of our supporters network by contacting at info@igdleaders.org

> Read the IGD Blog to learn more about our program.