In 2005, Umsizi's trustees began working with youth organizations in South Africa. At the same time, a trustee launched a global community of McKinsey & Company alumni working on social and economic development in emerging markets. Combining these experiences with our expertise as management consultants and investment professionals, it became apparent that the critical challenge to achieving transformative change in Africa was the pronounced gap in managerial leadership.
In 2007, Umsizi’s trustees met the founders of the African Leadership Academy (ALA). Motivated by a shared commitment to resolving the managerial leadership gap in Africa, we clarified our strategy for addressing this global constraint.