Noëlla Coursaris Musunka
Noëlla Coursaris Musunka is the Founder of the nonprofit Malaika and Ambassador for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Ms Coursaris Musunka uses her platform to raise awareness for causes she believes in as a mother, a feminist, and a fierce advocate for Africa’s youth.
Founded in 2007, Malaika is a grassroots nonprofit that that empowers Congolese girls and their communities through education and health programs. Malaika’s projects are impacting thousands of people’s lives and are all offered completely free of charge. Its projects include a school for 314 girls, a Community Center built in partnership with FIFA, which provides education, health and sports programming to approximately 7,000 youths and adults per year. Malaika also provide essential infrastructure development by building 17 wells (both new and refurbished) that supply fresh water to 30,000 people, greatly reducing disease and illness and there are also plans for a clinic.
Ms Coursaris Musunka’s work with Malaika and The Global Fund has made her a sought-after speaker on the subjects of education and health, speaking at countless venues as far-ranging as UNICEF and Cambridge University, and alongside Princess Caroline of Hanover and President Bill Clinton. She has been featured in various outlets, such as CNN, Vanity Fair and Vogue, and has presented in front of executives from multinationals like SAP and T-Systems. In 2017, Ms Coursaris Musunka was named one of the BBC’s most influential and inspirational women. Most recently, Noëlla received an award from the House of Mandela at the 2018 Forever Young Ball in recognition of her work with Malaika over the past 11 years.