In the final part of the African Leadership Academy series, we look at the work of Academy alumni, James Earl Kiawoin from Liberia.
After completing his studies at the Academy, James went on to study Political Science at Colorado College, returning home to Liberia upon graduation to work in public health sector. James helped to rebuild the country’s public health systems in the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak. Today he works with Last Mile Health, an NGO which is active in Monrovia, Liberia in recruiting, training, managing, supervising and incentivising staff in the community healthcare system. Last Mile Health deliver healthcare to the door of vulnerable and difficult to reach people. James is currently working with the organisation to roll out its services nationwide across Liberia.
When asked what advice he had for African Leadership Academy students, James mentioned the importance of the Academy’s network, stating that they were a primary factor in helping him find work. With a wide range of companies, partners and donors, including Tunde Folawiyo, supporting the African Leadership Academy, these connections are one of the biggest assets students have at their disposal. He went on to say that whilst it’s good to have a plan, it’s also important to be flexible. James had no ambition to enter the public healthcare sector until the Ebola crisis hit, and he realised his potential for helping his country.