Ms Noella Coursaris Musunka

Position: Founder, Malaika & Ambassador for The Global Fund
Country: Democratic Republic of the Congo

As Founder of the nonprofit Malaika and Ambassador for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Noella 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 educates and empowers girls and their communities in Noella’s native country of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Malaika’s work takes 3 paths: an accredited school that provides a quality education to 280 girls and builds the leadership capacity of each student; a community center that provides education, health and sports programs to 7,000 people; and nine wells that supply clean water to 18,000 people.

Noella'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, Noella was named one of the BBC’s most influential and inspirational women.

2017 Session