Kaleba H. Ngoie-KasongoJim
Founder & Executive Director, HEAR Congo
Kaleba H. Ngoie-Kasongo was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). She currently resides in Miami with her family. She worked for several years as an Executive at Citibank and Oracle Corporations in the international development sector.
She is the founder and executive director of HEAR Congo, Inc., a not-for-profit organization based in Miami, Florida with an affiliate in DRC, HEAR Congo, ASBL. HEAR Congo’s vision is to realize a sustainable model of local support and lasting development for the people of Congo through women and youth empowerment and leadership.
The combination of her corporate experience and expertise in the non-profit sector led to the implementation and operation of a couple of successful human development projects in three provinces, North-Kivu, Lualaba and Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Under her leadership, HEAR Congo has accomplished remarkable milestones with minimal resources. Her creative initiatives with Hear Congo organization were adopted as a sustainable model by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in the DRC in 2017.
Mrs. Kaleba has assisted U.S. based organizations to implement development projects in DRC, such as:
- Literacy and numeracy programs - Alfalit International, Inc. (2011)
- Maternal Health and Infant Mortality - Footprints Foundation (2012)
Mrs. Kaleba advocates for issues affecting women both at the grassroots and global highest levels. In 2017, Mrs. Kaleba was nominated to deliver closing remarks and recommendations at the 62nd Commission on the Status of Women at the United Nations Headquarters in New York among 4000 organizations leaders. She continues to speak on women global issues at different venues to empower women through her leadership.
She serves as on the Board of Directors of the following organizations:
- Global Ties Miami
- United States National Committee for United Nations Women, Miami Chapter
She has received numerous awards and citations, including:
- Letter of recognition by United States Senator, Bill Nelson
- Special Tribute by Florida House of Representatives, the Honorable Erik Fresen
- In June 2019, the Community Pillars Awards by Black Affairs Advisory Board of Miami-Dade County delivered by the Mayor of Miami-Dade County Carlos Gimenez.
Mrs. Ngoie-Kasongo earned a bachelor’s degree with the Cum Laude honors in Business Administration and Management at Northwood University, 2006. She is currently pursuing a Master in Sustainable Development at Harvard School of Business.