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Congolese Diaspora Impact Summit, CDIS, was founded in 2018 to facilitate networking within the Congolese Diaspora in America, amplify the voices of Congolese experts and support initiatives that enhance the socioeconomic capital of the DRC and its Diaspora.


Build a platform to connect individuals of Congolese descent, and those who are interested in the DRC, to network and create relationships and initiatives that drive an impact in the DRC and its Diaspora, across the following categories: education, business, careers, healthcare and philanthropy.


• Increase the social, economic and political capital of Congolese-Americans

• Amplify the voices of experts of Congolese descent

• Increase access to business & investment opportunities in the DRC and in America

• Improve the environment to drive brain gain and developmentIncrease access to quality education and healthcare


10.00 AM
11.00 AM
Introductory Remarks from CDIS Founders
11.10 AM
Keynote Speaker (Virtual)

Mohombi – International Popstar & Entrepreneur, La Clique Musique & Sodeico Holding

11.15 AM
Tech Disruption in Social Welfare

  • Jose Kimpalou – CoFounder & Partner, KCG LLC
  • Faika Mukendi – Racial Equity Program Manager, Google
  • Paul Mponzi – CoFounder & CEO, TCE Global
  • Vanessa Serao Sakina – Software Engineer, Spotify & Founder, Safari Mu Tech

12.05 PM
Lunch Breakout Rooms

Venture Capital and Fintech: Access to Capital 

  • Ntambwa Basambombo – Managing Partner, LumumbaLab
  • Thony Ngumbu – CEO, Mwinda Technologies

Digital Engagement & Advocacy

  • Fred Bauma – Research Director, Congo Research Group
  • Liz Kimbulu – Founder, BISONABISO

Prosper Africa Presentation

1.05 PM
Fireside Chat: Congolese Influencing Sports, Culture & Media

  • Sarah Kazadi – Journalist, ESPN
  • John Nyembo-Mbuyi – Founder, DR Congo Basketball
  • Adolophine Sheeley – Founder, Adolophine
  • Roger Muntu – Journalist, Voice of America

2.00 PM
Business & Entrepreneurship in the Diaspora

  • Tomisi Kikama – CoFounder, UjengoLab
  • Deborah Kimbunta – Founder, Kimbunta Law Firm
  • Thierry Tubajika – Managing Director, Fly243.com
  • Gisele Kalonzo-Douglas – General Counsel, Bethel Gospel Assembly

2.55 PM
Closing Remarks & Networking
03.45 PM
Summit Ends