Welcome to the LWA Leadership Institute, dedicated to unlocking the potential of Africa’s future leaders! 

Our comprehensive programs are tailored to equip you with the knowledge, skills, and strategies needed to drive positive change in your organization, community, and beyond. 

With experienced faculty and a dynamic curriculum, you’ll develop the confidence and competence to lead with impact, no matter where your career takes you. Join us and discover the power of effective leadership in Africa.

We take pride in delivering a product that is suitable to the specific needs of our clients, so we offer online, in-house courses in line with their needs and offer fully customisable courses to achieve this end.

Furthermore, LWA Leadership Institute established the Women in Public Office Faculty to ensure Political readiness for women of Africa.

Since 2009

LWA Leadership Institute was founded in Cape Town , South Africa.

Dedicated Experts

We’re super proud of our diverse and talented team.

All Over Africa

We work with hundreds of businesses just like yours all over Africa catering for both English & French audiences.

All courses are delivered to the highest standards and are facilitated by world class professionals in their industries.

Our History

Based in South Africa, LWA Leadership Institute is an Executive Education Institution that provides high quality educational programs tailored to African-unique challenges.

The vision of the institute is to shape visionary leaders in corporate and public sector environments with the aim of achieving a single development model that maps a pathway towards African transformation.

LWA Leadership Institute boasts some of the most comprehensive leadership courses available with access to facilitators across a broad range of industries and sectors.

We understand the need to develop the leaders of tomorrow, so we have carefully crafted these courses to align with the needs of business and individuals, catering to technical and soft skills for all professionals alike.

Faculty of Women in Public Office

Political readiness journey for women of Africa

Women are recognised as the cornerstone of the African development. The African Union’s Agenda 2063 acknowledges that Africa is a continent where the critical role of women in Africa‘s transformation must be recognised and proactively harnessed.

As women enter the public office sphere, they encounter miryad of challenges preventing them to be effective in service delivery.


The Public Office Faculty is a superior think-tank faculty that provides practical political orientation to African women actively involved in all levels of public office.


To provide strategic support to female leaders in public sector in order to increase the representation and improve the capacity of women in public sector.



Our training programmes cover the following topics:

  • Strategic National Development Planning
  • Parliamentary Capacity Building 
  • Public official Capacity building
  •  Management and Leadership
  • Governance, Integrity and Ethics
  • Gender Mainstreaming Strategies
  • International diplomacy and protocol
  • Political leadership
  • Conflict Resolution and Peacebuilding
  • Public participation strategies
  • Local and National government management

Courses are offered online, in-person or in-house.

Women in Public Office Mentorship programme

The Women in Public Office Mentorship Program is designed to support the emergence and sustainability of women in public offices in Africa.

This will be a formal 12-month program, which will start with recruitment of mentees and will end with graduation. Trainee can join anytime of the year.

Mentees will be matched with mentors who are either former or incumbent political and public office leaders, academicians…

Meet our Team!


An International Business, gender and training consultant; founder and CEO of Leading Women of Africa (LWA). 

A dynamic Management, MBA and Development educated professional with extensive expertise in women development strategies. https://www.leadingwomenofafrica.com/the-president/


A dynamic MBA-qualified businessman, Michael brings over 30 years experience in leadership development, banking, business and financial services. He has implemented strategic IT systems for Nedcor, JD Group, HomeChoice, DirectAxis and several local and international retailers and financial institutions. Michael has worked with major banks, financial services, credit bureaux and retailers locally and internationally.


Dr. Richards is one of the world’s best industrialists with a wealth of experience and expertise in both the public and private sectors. He has advised various African governments including South Africa on service delivery strategies and industrial development plan. 

Dr Richards has held executive levels positions across a wide range of sectors including business, government, academia, industry and civil society – the quintessential African Renaissance professional.


Kay-Dee is a communications and digital media expert. She runs Taugadi Media Consultants which helps small businesses and NGOs develop their brands and leverage the digital space to scale their organisations. 

Kay-Dee is also a Publisher, Artist and Podcaster. She often applies a very creative approach to social and digital media marketing and brand management.

She is a multitalented author, poet, publisher and recording artist- a true embodiment of diversity.


Mrs. Gwen is a highly-respected politician with a career that has spanned several decades. She rose to prominence as a member of the African National Congress (ANC) and has held various significant positions throughout her career. Her journey in politics began in 1994 when she was elected to the National Assembly of South Africa.

Her accomplishments as a politician and leader have earned her the respect and admiration of many, both in South Africa and beyond.



Tessa brings over 20 years of Human Resources expertise. She currently runs her own Human Resources Consultancy firm.


  • Accredited Skills Development Facilitator & Assessor (Accredited with the following SETA’s: ETDP; Services Seta; PSeta & MerSeta)
  • Completed post-graduate Diploma in the Management of Technology & Innovation in the domain of Labour Law (NQF Level 6) in 2011
  • Completed post-graduate Higher Diploma in Education (teaching) at the University of Port Elizabeth in 1992.
  • National Qualifications Framework: Labour Law, Customer Service and Predictive Index – Management Team Building workshop.