Leadership Seminars

Following the recent success of a Leadership seminar on January 22nd at Pwani University facilitated by Eva Jordans, a pilot seminar series was launched on February 10th entitled ‘Leadership in Africa’.

Pwani University
Pwani University

This unique 8-part seminar series draws upon the book Developing Global Leaders: Insights from African Case Studies. The series of 8 seminars offers students the opportunity to:

  1. Gain individual insights in, and develop leadership skills,
  2. Develop the leadership competencies needed to carry out their (future) professional roles,
  3. Gain confidence to use leadership skills proactively and
  4. Increase effectiveness in achieving results.

The seminar series uses case-studies and practical exercises to provide leadership training in an interactive learning environment that promotes open discussion of challenging topics. The topics covered in the seminars were chosen based on students learning priorities and include ‘Personality and Motivation’, ‘Leadership Attributes’, ‘Leadership Styles and Diversity’, ‘Communication and Presentation Skills’, ‘Giving Feedback and Conflict Resolution’ and ‘Career planning and Peer Mentoring’.

The overall aim is to create an established leadership training programme that can be readily delivered to future student cohorts.

The seminars are facilitated by two BBSRC UK PhD students, Zoe Rutter and Maria Derakhshan, who are undertaking their Professional Internship for PhD Students (PIPS) with the Science Students’ Development Network in Africa (ssDNAfrica http://ssdnafrica.acaciaafrica.org/.

Please see the following blog for experiences with the first seminar series:


The second seminar series commenced early March 2020. However, due to the suspension of classes as a result of the COVID-19 virus outbreak the remainder of the sessions are presented as self-study online learning modules.

N.B.: Please note the material is still pilot-tested and is not meant for sharing