US alumnus funds program for African leadership at LSE

A Seattle-based alumnus has made a generous gift to LSE to establish a program of study to help a new generation of African leaders develop their skills.

LSE alumnus Firoz Lalji and his wife Najma have made an initial gift of close to 1 million pounds (or $1.4 million) through their charitable foundation to establish the Firoz and Najma Lalji Programme in African Leadership at LSE. 

Each year the program will enable 30 high-achievers from Africa to attend an intensive executive training course in London.

Mr. and Mrs. Lalji and their families were forced to leave Uganda in 1972 when dictator Idi Amin expelled many of Uganda's Asian citizens.  This was shortly after Mr. Lalji completed a B.Sc. degree in Economics at LSE in 1969.

The Laljis moved to Canada where Mr Lalji built up a successful chain of 225 camera stores in Canada and USA which was sold in 1997. He is now owner and chief executive of Zones Inc, a national provider of IT products and solutions to businesses, based in Seattle, Washington state.  

The Laljis' youngest daughter Natasha graduated from LSE with a B.Sc. degree in Social Policy and Administration in 2009. 

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