Kambale Musavuli

Spokesperson, Friends of the Congo

Kambale Musavuli, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and one of the leading political and cultural Congolese voices, is a social entrepreneur and an international human rights advocate. He serves as the National Spokesperson for the Friends of the Congo, a group that raises global consciousness about the situation in the Congo and provides support to local institutions in the Congo. Mr. Musavuli’s professional activities, publications, and public engagements reflect his unflagging commitment to realizing peace and justice in the Congo. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy in Focus, The Huffington Post and numerous other academic and news publications. He has also been interviewed on National Public Radio, Democracy Now, ABC News, Al Jazeera English Television, Radio France International and a number of other radio and television programs around the world. His film appearances in Iara Lee’s Cultures of Resistance, Martin Scorsese’s Surviving Progress, and Crisis in the Congo: Uncovering the Truth reflect his keen understanding of the dynamics of the global economy and politics and their impact on the people of the Congo. His expertise in topics such as labor rights, corporate accountability, environmental and social justice has qualified him to serve as a research consultant for a number of film projects, socially responsible investor groups, and government agencies. He also engages students and communities worldwide in organizing Congo Week, an annual global initiative that commemorates the lives lost in the conflict and "breaks the silence” about this under-reported crisis; each year since its inception in 2008. The initiative broadens and strengthens Congo civil society’s network of global allies and partners. A passionate and gifted speaker, Musavuli routinely lectures on conflict minerals, peace and security, use of social media in advocacy, building of international social movements, the role of youth in Africa, corporate social responsibility, African Diaspora civic engagement, and gender-based violence and its connection to resource exploitation and poverty, at colleges, universities, community centers, religious institutions, conferences, and festivals. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Columbia University where he brings his unique personal and professional experience on topics such as politics, war and its effect on education in the Congo and Africa at large. Mr. Musavuli tours the Americas, Asia and Africa speaking to university students, religious groups, global leaders, community organizers and many others to edducate and mobilize communities to work as partners with a Congolese civil society that strives to end the country’s conflict, control its enormous natural wealth, and build lasting peace and stability in the heart of Africa.