A new generation of transformational public leaders

Who we are

The Academy is an independent, non-profit venture established by Apolitical Foundation and the Daniel Sachs Foundation. Our mission is to make the public service work for people everywhere by supporting the next generation of transformational public leaders. We offer global, non-partisan fellowship programmes designed to prepare diverse groups of talented and innovative leaders for careers in government or elected leadership.

Who we are

The Academy is an independent, non-profit venture established by Apolitical Foundation and the Daniel Sachs Foundation. Our mission is to make the public service work for people everywhere by supporting the next generation of transformational public leaders. We offer global, non-partisan fellowship programmes designed to prepare diverse groups of talented and innovative leaders for careers in government or elected leadership.

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We draw on the deep global policy knowledge of Apolitical’s platform and on trusted relationships with governments — and government partners — around the world.

We amplify what’s working over time by offering the materials the Academy develops for its own fellowship programmes to other non-partisan training organisations.

We harness a global network of the most inspiring, innovative and successful people working in government through a platform designed for the public service.

The public leadership crisis

Around the world, faith in politics and government is in decline. Citizens feel ignored by their leaders and young people view political parties as excessively partisan, dishonest and prone to making empty promises. The decline is reflected in the rise of populism, internationally, as distrust in leadership has led to a rejection of the traditional modes and institutions of democracy.

Public leadership crisis

Around the world, faith in politics and government is in decline. Citizens feel ignored by their leaders and young people view political parties as excessively partisan, dishonest and prone to making empty promises. The decline is reflected in the rise of populism, internationally, as distrust in leadership has led to a rejection of the traditional modes and institutions of democracy.

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Public service fellowship

Focused on personal leadership and public purpose, ethics and values, and underpinned by a high-level mentorship program, our programmes will identify and support young candidates, women and other political “outsiders” who wish to transition into public service, but lack the networks and personal development opportunities to do so on their own.

Public service fellowship

Focused on personal leadership and public purpose, ethics and values, and underpinned by a high-level mentorship program, our programmes will identify and support young candidates, women and other political “outsiders” who wish to transition into public service, but lack the networks and personal development opportunities to do so on their own.

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Our Partners

In a world where simple answers are polarising, leaders with different perspectives need to seek innovative solutions for the future.”
- Minéa Frykman

– Minéa Frykman

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The biggest lesson? The Apolitical Academy Fellowship is about leading in your own way. It is time to step, and we're here to empower you to do it."
- Rivonia Pillay

– Rivonia Pillay

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The Apolitical Academy Fellowship has made me understand that I serve a greater purpose, beyond that of myself."
- Leston Motsepe

– Leston Motsepe

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Since joining the Apolitical Academy Fellowship, I am cognisant on why I want to get into public office and how I am going to do it."
- Nawa Villy Sitali

– Nawa Villy Sitali

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