April 2010 —

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®), a top-ranked, global provider of leadership education and research, announces the opening of its first office in Africa to better support its Leadership Beyond Boundaries (LBB) initiative. Created in partnership with Unity University, the office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will serve as CCL’s base for expanding its work mainly with social sector clients throughout the continent.

“Over the past few years, we have been asked to serve a growing number of organizations in Africa,” said Vice President Rudi Plettinx, who directs CCL’s work in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. “Our new office better positions us to meet the rising demand for leadership development in this region. We are very pleased to join with Unity University on this exciting venture.”

Through LBB, designed to make leadership development affordable for non-governmental organizations and communities, CCL has provided training for hundreds of grassroots leaders in a number of African countries, including Ethiopia, Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Africa.

Ranked among the world’s Top 10 providers of executive education by Financial Times and BusinessWeek, CCL has also enhanced the leadership skills of hundreds of corporate executives in Africa through partnerships with educational institutions in several countries, including Botswana, Egypt, Namibia, South Africa, Ghana, Senegal and Kenya.

Hermien Uys, who attended CCL’s flagship Leadership Development Program (LDP®) in South Africa as legal counsel at DeBeers Group, said the practical tools and strategies she learned made her a more effective leader. “Receiving feedback from my peers was one of the most powerful elements of the program,” Uys said. “I was able to understand how people see me in the work environment and better understand the impact of my leadership style on other people.”

CCL’s Africa team will include Steadman Harrison III, regional director of the Leadership Beyond Boundaries initiative in Africa; Simon Rweyongoza, regional director for sub-Saharan Africa; and Sofia Ali Gugssa, project manager for Africa.

To contact the Leadership Beyond Boundaries office in Africa, please contact Steadman Harrison (harrisons@ccl.org) or visit the office at Unity University, Sub-city: Bole, Kebele: 11, House No: 632, PO Box 6722, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

For corporate sector and all other inquiries please contact Simon Rweyongoza (rweyongozas@ccl.org), or visit the EMEA Office at avenue de Tervuren 270, 1150 Brussels, Belgium.

About the Center for Creative Leadership

The Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) is a top-ranked, global provider of leadership development. By leveraging the power of leadership to drive results that matter most to clients, CCL transforms individual leaders, teams, organizations and society. Our array of cutting-edge solutions is steeped in extensive research and experience gained from working with hundreds of thousands of leaders at all levels. Ranked among the world's Top 10 providers of executive education by Financial Times, CCL has offices in Greensboro, NC; Colorado Springs, CO; San Diego, CA; Brussels, Belgium; Moscow, Russia; Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Johannesburg, South Africa; Singapore; New Delhi-NCR, India; and Shanghai, China.

Stephen Martin
Center for Creative Leadership
+1 336 286 4038
martins@ccl.org

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