Cyber Leadership Institute's African Cyber Leaders Scholarship Program

Cyber Leadership Program (CLP)

Learn real-world cyber resilience leadership skills from cyber-industry leaders.

Next start date: Monday, 1 April 2024

Applications close: Friday, 15 March 2024

The Cyber Leadership Institute is sponsoring five full scholarships to eligible African Cyber Leaders, valued at USD2750 each. This equates to one full scholarship into each of our five annual Cyber Leadership cohorts.

This is a strategic effort to empower the next generation of African Cyber Leaders with executive influencing, leadership and strategy execution skills to drive positive change within their organisations. This is also a fantastic opportunity for African Cyber Leaders to strengthen collaboration with their global peers. We will select the scholarship recipient for each cohort based on the following criteria:
  • Possess at least 7 years’ experience in cyber security. We will consider young leaders with five years’ experience in exceptional circumstances.
  • A commitment to serving the boarder cyber security industry through active and demonstrable volunteering.
  • Possess strong ambition to accelerate into a CISO or cyber executive role.
  • Is located within continental Africa (this scholarship doesn’t extend to Africans in the diaspora)
  • Is committed to contributing their acquired skills to enhance the resilience of the African digital ecosystem.


  • You are a cyber-leader located within continental Africa.
  • You have at least seven years of experience in cyber security, ideally with management experience.
  • You are eager to take this course in full until the end, and you understand the time commitment that this opportunity requires.
  • You are looking to enhance your technological knowledge with executive leadership skills, so you can thrive in the C-suite and with the board.

The program offers even more unprecedented benefits

  • A convenient 8-week online program that streamlines your learning
  • Provides the skills you need to complement your knowledge of technology with the executive skills to thrive at the top of your organization
  • Offers expert ongoing mentorship and support
  • Best practices for managing cyber risk  and increasing cyber resilience
  • Includes 12-month premium membership in the Cyber Leadership Hub, which is made up of business leaders who support each other’s participation in cyber resilience, as well as share and co-create methods and toolsets


  • Course Length: 8 Weeks 
  • Next Class - Start Date: 1 April 2024
  • Delivery Method: Online on-demand classes, with one weekly live Q&A session with the course instructors
  • Effort: 4-5 hours per week (of self-paced learning)
  • Completion Requirement: Strategy project
  • Topics Covered and Structure: Click here to learn more


Darren Argyle

Darren Argyle

Chairman and Co-Founder

  • Ranked in the Top 100 Chief Information Security Officers globally in 2017 and 2022, and the top 100 Global IT Security Influencers in 2018.
  • Global Head Information and Cyber Security Officer – Standard Chartered Bank. Former CISO of Qantas Airlines.
  • Board member, keynote speaker with over 20 years’ experience in executive positions.

Phil Zongo

CEO and Co-Founder

  • Bestselling author of the The Five Anchors of Cyber Resilience - an executive cyber strategy book.
  • Winner of multiple industry awards, including ISACA International’s 2017 Best Book / Article Award SACA’s for his paper, “The Automation Conundrum.”
  •  Featured in multiple channels and publications (ISACA International Magazine, The NZ Business Herald, IT News, The Australian).
  • Named as one of the Top 7 Global Cyber Security Leaders in 2023 by the Security Magazine and ISACA.
Jan Schreuder - Former senior Cybersecurity Partner with a Big 4 firm in Australia and Switzerland for more than 25 years.

Jan Schreuder

COO and Co-Founder

  • Former senior Cyber security Partner with a Big 4 firm in Australia and Switzerland for more than 25 years.
  • Over 35 years consulting experience, managing large teams to deliver complex cyber transformational projects.
  • Advisor to several companies, working with senior executives and boards of directors.
  • Named in the IFSEC Top 25 Most Influential Global Cyber Security Professionals in 2022.


  • Complete the "Application Form" and attach any supporting materials that will help us assess why you should be awarded this scholarship.
  • Application Deadline: Friday, 15 March 2024
  • Results will be announced on Friday, 22 March 2024
  • Scholarship Fees: Free of Charge

If you need further clarifications, please feel free to contact the team at the Cyber Leadership Institute at [email protected]

Course Length

8 Weeks

(adjustable to your schedule)


4-5 hours per week

(of self-paced learning)