AIG Public Leaders Programme 2024: A Unique Opportunity for African Public Sector Leaders


Are you an emerging leader in the public sector in Africa? Do you want to develop your leadership skills and learn how to drive change in your country? If yes, then you should apply for the AIG Public Leaders Programme 2024.

The AIG Public Leaders Programme (AIG PLP) is a world-class executive education programme, run in partnership with the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government. The programme aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge you need to build transformative cultures of excellence, effectiveness, and integrity in the public institutions you lead, and across the broader public sector.

The programme is designed for senior public leaders, and those moving into senior leadership in the public sector over the next three to seven years. You will have an unparalleled opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading public policy experts and teachers, and to interact with a diverse and dynamic cohort of fellow public leaders from across Africa.

The programme is intense and demanding, engaging you through classroom discussion, practical exercises, simulations and group work. You will work on critical skills such as:

  • Communicating effectively
  • Harnessing digital technology
  • Reducing cognitive bias in decision-making
  • Strengthening organisational effectiveness
  • Maintaining personal integrity

You will also have ample opportunities to apply the skills and conceptual frameworks learned in each session, including through project work and group reflection. At the end of the programme, you will develop a capstone project, allowing you to apply key learnings from the programme into your day-to-day workings.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the programme, you must:

  • Be a citizen of any African country and actively working within the public sector in Africa
  • Have a minimum of seven years of working experience
  • Be at Grade-level 12 and above
  • Not exceed 50 years of age

Application Process

To apply for the programme, you will need to:

  • Fill out the online application form here
  • Upload your CV and a passport photograph
  • Provide two references, one of which must be from your current employer
  • Write a personal statement of no more than 500 words, explaining why you are interested in the programme, what you hope to gain from it, and how you will use the learnings to contribute to your country’s development

The application deadline is April 30, 2024. Successful applicants will be notified by June 30, 2024.

Programme Details

The programme will run for 12 weeks, from September 2 to November 22, 2024. The programme will consist of:

  • A two-week residential module at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford, UK, from September 2 to September 13, 2024
  • A ten-week online module, consisting of live sessions, recorded lectures, readings, assignments and group work, from September 16 to November 22, 2024
  • A graduation ceremony at the Blavatnik School of Government in Oxford, UK, on November 22, 2024

The programme is fully funded by the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation (AIG), which covers the tuition fees, travel costs, accommodation and meals for the residential module, and the graduation ceremony. Participants are expected to cover their own internet costs for the online module.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation (AIG)?

A: The Aig-Imoukhuede Foundation (AIG) is a non-profit organisation founded by Mr Aigboje Aig-Imoukhuede, a Nigerian banker, investor and philanthropist. The foundation’s vision is to create a generation of public sector leaders who are committed to transforming Africa’s public sector and driving its economic and social development.

Q: What is the Blavatnik School of Government?

A: The Blavatnik School of Government is a global school of public policy at the University of Oxford, UK. The school’s mission is to inspire and support better government and public policy around the world. The school offers a range of programmes, research and engagement activities that aim to improve the quality of governance and public service delivery.

Q: How competitive is the programme?

A: The programme is highly competitive and selective. The programme aims to attract the best and brightest public sector leaders from across Africa, who have demonstrated leadership potential, commitment to public service, and passion for their country’s development. The programme will admit up to 50 participants per cohort.

Q: What are the benefits of the programme?

A: The programme offers a number of benefits, such as:

  • A unique opportunity to develop your leadership capacity and acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to drive change in the public sector
  • A world-class executive education experience, led by some of the world’s leading public policy experts and teachers
  • A diverse and dynamic network of fellow public leaders from across Africa, who can share experiences, insights and best practices
  • A certificate of completion from the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
  • A lifelong membership of the AIG Alumni Network, which provides access to mentoring, coaching, networking and learning opportunities