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Kambale Musavuli, a native of the Democratic Republic of Congo and one of the leading political and cultural Congolese voices, is a human rights advocate, Student Coordinator and National Spokesperson for the Friends of the Congo. Mr. Musavuli’s professional activities, publications, and public engagements reflect his unflagging commitment to realizing peace and justice in the Congo.

Mr. Musavuli’s writings have appeared in The Washington Post.com, 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. He has been profiled in publications such as Christianity, News and Record, and other newspapers 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.

While studying civil engineering at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro, North Carolina, he developed a deep sense of community service and commitment to justice for all people. This experience strengthened his organizing skills by working with local activists on issues ranging from raising minimum wage, to ending police brutality and improving immigrant experience.

Mr. Musavuli’s work in Greensboro taught him the importance of enabling youth to become « change-makers « in their communities. He continues such work by supporting organizations, like the Congo Leadership Initiative, an organization that empowers young leaders in the Congo and provides avenues for them to succeed; and to ultimately remove the barriers preventing Congo from reaching its potential. 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 underreported crisis; each year since its inception in 2008. The initiative broadens and strengthens Congo civil society’s network of global allies and partners.