The 2024 McKinsey Forward Program for African Professionals.

The 2024 McKinsey Forward Program for African Professionals.

The 2024 McKinsey Forward Program for African Professionals

The McKinsey Forward is a free 5 months online learning program that aims to support and provide African professionals with the skills, knowledge, and experiences needed to advance, connect, and lead in their careers and beyond. Through a variety of virtual events, workshops, and mentorship, the program will produce opportunities for African professionals to build relationships, improve their skills, be mentors themselves, and develop a strong and vibrant African professional network


The Forward Program is a three-level learning journey where you can devise new ways of thinking, grow your confidence, and learn to lead with sense. At the end of the program, participants will acquire a McKinsey Forward digital badge and join a deluxe global network of young, life-long learners.

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Eligibility Conditions for the 2024 McKinsey Forward Program:

To be eligible for the 2024 McKinsey Forward Program, applicants are required to have met the conditions below:

  • Currently residing on the African continent (all countries)
  • Currently employed, self-employed, or in between jobs
  • Have no more than five years of formal work experience
  • Have completed post-secondary education (for example diploma, associate degree, undergraduate degree)
  • Have a good command of the English language, as the program will be conducted in English

Program Duration: 5 months

Program Organizers: McKinsey & Company

Interactive learning journey

Learn via various formats, not excluding digital courses, discussion boards, virtual workshops with McKinsey experts, and group tasks with real-time peer feedback.

  • Complete the Foundation level: 8 weeks, two hours per week
  • Achieve the Advanced level and earn a shareable McKinsey Forward digital badge: 12 weeks, two hours per week
  • Participate in the Network level: 18 months, ongoing optional activities

Skills you can utilize instantly

You will obtain the skills and tools to:

  1. Turn complex business challenges into opportunities using structured and creative thinking
  2. Communicate with impact to move your audience to action
  3. Involve agile ways of working and spot opportunities to use data and technology
  4. Be adaptable, and build resilience and emotional awareness to work successfully–both independently and in teams, especially in times of change

Application Deadline: June 20, 2023

The 2024 McKinsey Forward Program for African Professionals

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