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Responsible Leaders Fellowship

Responsible Leaders Fellows are MBA or Master graduates from ESMT, highly qualified to apply fresh business and management knowledge from their premium education. The Fellows deliver pro-bono service and assume responsibility in an institution at the forefront of social challenges in developing countries.


  • Master and Full-time MBA after graduation can volunteer for up to 6 months of service in a developing country.


  • Fellows share their freshly acquired business school knowledge with partners in developing countries.
  • Fellows create value for their client organizations via “paying-it-forward” and “igniting opportunities”.
  • They invest in their own understanding of responsible leadership, and act as a role model for future students at ESMT Berlin.

Target organizations

Different organizations in developing countries, especially:

  • Social entrepreneurs
  • NGOs
  • Social impact organizations
  •  Business schools.
Responsible Leaders Fellowship

Watch Theresa Rodriguez, Full-time MBA alumna of ESMT Berlin sharing her experience about the Responsible Leaders Fellowship (RLF) that led her to South Africa during the final months of her studies.

Responsible Leaders Fellowship

Beverly Dodard-Guillaume talks about why she chose to do the RLF and what motivated her to work with the Huru Foundation, a NGO based in Nairobi.

Past Projects examples

  • Ampion, South Africa, Linking European entrepreneurs with African entrepreneurs
  • Barefoot College, Belize, India, Bringing solar energy to rural areas by empowering the local communities
  • German Doctors, Kenya, Providing medical services to the slums of Nairobi
  • TSiBA Education, South Africa, Teaching business and entrepreneurship courses in TSiBa, a business school focusing on graduating entrepreneurial leaders who ignite opportunity and social change in Cape Town
  • Curafa, Kenya, Supporting local entrepreneurs with their strategy, marketing activities and business partnerships

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