Ilunga Kalala

Ilunga Kalala

Chairman of the Board, Leja Bulela, Inc.

Ilunga is Chairman of the Board of Directors for Leja Bulela, Inc., a U.S. based non-profit that secures justice, fair treatment, and economic growth for the Luba Kasai in the Democratic Republic of Congo. "Leja Bulela" means "show that you care" in the Tshiluba language and the organization recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.

Leja Bulela's largest initiative to date is the Kalala Muzeu Health Center, which serves a population of over 50,000 individuals in the rural Tshimbombo Tshimuangi community of Kasai Oriental. Ilunga is also the Associate Director of the Roothbert Fund, Inc., which awards yearly grants for undergraduate and graduate study and works to foster fellowship among grant recipients.

Prior to these positions, Ilunga was the Chairman to the Board of Directors for Africa Volunteer Corps, a service corps for Africans to do long-term volunteer work in African-initiated development projects. Ilunga Kalala is Privacy Counsel for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., where he provides guidance to the global entertainment, sports and news company regarding compliance with U.S. and international advertising, privacy, and information security laws, regulations, and industry best practices.

Ilunga is qualified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional for the United States (CIPP/US) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. He is also qualified as a Healthcare Information Security and Privacy Practitioner (HCISPP) by the International Information System Security Certification Consortium. In addition, Ilunga is a Vice Chair of the Consumer Protection Committee in the American Bar Association Section of Antitrust Law, where he serves as Editor for the Consumer Protection Committee's What's In Store Newsletter and coordinates the Committee's monthly consumer protection webinar updates. Prior to his term as Vice Chair, Ilunga served as Counsel to the Chair of the Section of Antitrust Law.

Ilunga graduated from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis after completing internships with Search for Common Ground, a nonprofit, peace building organization in the DRC; the Africa Division of the American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Washington D.C.; and the Office of the President of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Tanzania.  Ilunga received his undergraduate degree from Williams College, where he majored in History with a focus on Africa and the African Diaspora.

He is married to Deona Kalala, and they have two children.