LEAD (Leadership for Environment and Development) is a non-profit organisation that was created in the wake of the 1992 Rio Conference on Environment and Development. LEAD has got 13 Member Programmes in most regions around the world, including LEAD Francophone Africa, which is hosted by ENDA (Environment and Development in the Third-World). LEAD Africa (joint programme of the three African Member Programmes: LEAD Francophone Africa, LEAD Anglophone West Africa; and LEAD Southern and Eastern Africa) aims to promote a leadership for environment and sustainable development, through high-level training activities in Africa.

LEAD Africa, LEAD International and the Shell Foundation have entered into a partnership in order to set up and implement the LEAD Africa Fellowship Programme which aims to train, each year, close to 500 African leaders by 2015.
For 2011, candidates will be selected in Nigeria and Senegal.

The programme targets mid-career leaders (25 to 40 years) from Francophone or Anglophone African countries and living in Senegal/Nigeria. They should hold a university degree with 2 years’ working experience, or 5 for non-University graduates and be working in the private (banks, industry, etc) or public (Civil and related services) sectors, civil society (NGOs, local authorities, socio-professional organisations etc), universities and research centres; intergovernmental bodies, and the media. They should furthermore have written and oral English language skills which allow them to fully participate in sessions, a good knowledge of social media, and a capacity to work with a multidisciplinary and multicultural team. They should be ready to help promote sustainable development within young Leaders’ associations and last and just as important, have a leadership potential and aspire to become an agent of change.