The Congolese Diaspora Impact Summit mission is to identify practical steps the Congolese diaspora can take to maximize its capital, human and financial, and make an impact in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

The summit will bring together professionals of Congolese descent, as well as individuals interested in the DRC, to network and learn from leaders who are making an impact in the country in their respective fields.

Defining Impact 

  • Working collaboratively to facilitate brain gain and increased development in the DRC
  • Contributing to the improvement in education and healthcare delivery
  • Identifying resources to support entrepreneurship and increase diaspora investment in the DRC


  • Extensive networking among the Congolese diaspora and individuals interested in the DRC
  • Identifying opportunities for further engagement and practical steps to make a future impact in the DRC through a post-conference white paper and follow-up discussions among Congolese diaspora organizations


8.00 AM
Networking Breakfast & Registration
9.15 AM
Welcome Remarks by CDIS Co-Founders
9.30 AM
Opening Keynote Address and Fireside Chat on Congolese Women and Girls Moving Development Forward

  • Noella Coursaris Musunka, Founder & CEO, Malaika,
  • Kaleba Ngoie-Kasongo, Founder and Executive Director, Hear Congo,
  • Lukogho Kasomo, CDIS Co-Founder

Moderator: Laura Kupe

10.45 AM
Business & Investment Panel

  • Serge Nawej, Co-Founder, ProximA Law
  • Yves Mayilamene, Group Executive, Human Resources at Ecobank Transnational Incorporated
  • Franklin Tshikuna Muanankese, Founder, Tacoma Mountain Group
  • Lupetu Hervé  Tshibengabo, Cofounder, T&T Group

Moderator: Tomisi Kikama

11.45 AM
12.45 PM
Perspectives on the State of Education and Healthcare in the DRC

  • Ginette Mukoka, Development Officer, BOMOKO United for Congo
  • Dr. Jonathan Mboyo Esole, Einstein Fellow
  • Ilunga Kalala, Esq., Chairman, Leja Bulela
  • Dr. Jean Bele, Professor of Nuclear Physics, MIT
  • Amani Tom Matabaro, Founding & Executive Director, Congo Peace School

Moderator: Tshiunza Daniel Kalubi

13.45 PM
Entrepreneurship and Social Impact Projects

  • Christian Kakoba, Co-Founder and COO, BitHub
  • Josuel Musambaghani, Co-Founder, Kwafrika Travel
  • Kahindo Mateene, CEO & Creative Director, KAHINDO
  • Patrick Gaincko, Founder, GainXperience

Moderator: Jim N. Ngokwey

14.45 PM
Closing Remarks by Amini Kajunju
15.45 PM
Summit Close Out + Next Steps
16.00 PM
Networking Reception






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