Leaders of Africa Institute

The Institute provides distance learning opportunities for students, practitioners, and academics based on the African continent. The program offerings include virtual classroom courses that maximize engagement taught by qualified instructors and self-paced online courses with and without feedback. In addition to courses, instructors with the Institute advise and guide students through research and professional mentorship. There is also a virtual symposium series open to everyone.


Virtual Classroom Programs​

Virtual classroom courses feature the instructor teaching course lessons at prescribed times through a live stream and virtual classroom. The course meetings are all in real time and allow students to engage with the instructor.

Mentorship Program

The Mentorship Program involves personal support for research and professional development. Mentees meet virtually in one-on-one or very small groups with an instructor. This environment allows for tailored discussion and support.

Online Courses

We offer self-paced online courses with and without feedback from qualified instructors. In courses with feedback, enrollees submit assignments through the learning system and receive helpful commentary.

Open Virtual Symposium

Occasionally, instructors will conduct a live streamed seminar on a topic. The seminars are open to all participants.


Professor Peter Penar


I am the Director of the Leaders of Africa Institute and a political scientist with a focus on African politics and Pan-African integration. My passion lies in bringing together collaborative academic research and outreach, as well as working to improve higher education access and quality.

Professor Jelili Adebiyi

Associate Director

I am the Associate Director of the Leaders of Africa Institute and a development scholar-practitioner and system dynamicist, with a scholarly background in planning, sustainability, agri-food systems, and environmental policy-making.