Chris Bradford, President
A co-founder of African Leadership Academy (ALA), Chris brings experience in the corporate, educational, and grant-making sectors. Chris has worked as a consultant with the Boston Consulting Group and in brand management at the Procter and Gamble Company. In Africa Chris helped launch the Summer Academy at Cape Town, a highly successful international summer program for high school students. He also spent two years as a Peter Ling Teaching Fellow at the Oundle School, one of the largest co-educational boarding schools in the United Kingdom, and worked with the US-based education-focused Broad Foundation in the summer of 2005. Chris holds a BA summa cum laude from Yale University, as well as an MBA and an MA in education administration from Stanford University. At Stanford, Chris was named one of five Siebel Scholars and, in 2006, he and ALA co-founder, Fred Swaniker, were named Echoing Green Fellows in recognition of their status as two of the fifteen best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world.
Tim McChristian, Executive Director
Tim provides overall leadership for US donor cultivation, support to African Leadership Academy graduates studying in the US and increasing the awareness of the ALA mission in the US. Tim retired from IBM in May 2014 where he was previously a senior executive and his last assignment was leading their Systems Division in the Middle East & Africa region, based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has been active in leadership positions with a number of non-profit organizations including A Better Chance program, the Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the USC Marshall School of Business. He received his Bachelors in Science from Yale University and his MBA from the USC Marshall School of Business.
Sheila Agiti, Graduate Program Manager
Sheila's role at ALF involves providing support to African Leadership Academy graduates who are enrolled in US colleges/university/gap year programs. Sheila was born and raised in Ghana and has always been interested in economic development, particularly in the African context. She graduated from Princeton University with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and also spent a semester studying at the University of Cape Town. Prior to ALF, Sheila worked with Africa-based organizations such as the African Leadership Academy, the African Center for Economic Transformation and the Liberia National Malaria Control Program.
Sophie Umazi Mvuryai, Development Fellow
Sophie Umazi Mvurya graduated from Oberlin College this May with an Honors in Political Science, and a major in Law & Society with two minors in Africana Studies and Economics. Before joining ALF, Umazi was involved with the Oberlin College Strategic and Steering Committee as a student representative. Here, she conducted financial analyses of Oberlin's $800 million endowment and made budgetary and strategic recommendations to the Board of Trustees. She also facilitated student body sessions in order to make Oberlin's governance structures more efficient and inclusive.
Mia Pskowski, Graduate Program Manager
Mia serves as a Graduate and Chapters Program Coordinator with ALF. Prior to joining ALF, she served two years as a Community Health Educator with the U.S. Peace Corps in Cameroon; she was based in Bangem in the South West region, where she taught health courses at a Teacher's Training College and engaged in a variety of projects focused on HIV/AIDS, gender, and youth empowerment. Prior to joining Peace Corps, Mia worked for the City of San Francisco doing policy research and was an organizer for a California State Assembly campaign. Mia graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a BA in Political Science. While at Berkeley, she was active in local politics and community organizing and spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Cape Town. A native Californian, Mia enjoys sitting at the beach, traveling, running, hiking and doing anything outdoors.
Anna Teske, Development Manager
Born in Chicago, Anna graduated from the University of Wisconsin, spending a year abroad studying at the University of Cape Town. She has spent the last six years working in the education and non-profit sectors in South Korea, South Africa and the US, serving as an ESL teacher, coordinator and Development Manager. Anna is excited to join the team at ALF/ALA and passionate about the role of education to create sustainable social change. Her interests include exploring New York City, running outdoors, Korean food, and travel.