Noëlla Coursaris Musunka is a highly accomplished international fashion model and philanthropist, widely recognized for her outstanding contributions to empowering women and children in her home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
Having grown up away from home, Noëlla was inspired to make a
difference after witnessing first-hand the poverty and lack of opportunity for women in the DRC. Driven by her passion for human rights, she founded Malaika, a nonprofit grassroots organization that provides education and health programs to empower Congolese girls and their communities.
Under Noëlla's leadership, Malaika has grown to impact thousands of lives in the DRC through its accredited school, community center, and clean water program. The organization's education and health programs are offered free of charge, making them accessible to all.
Noëlla's work with Malaika has earned her widespread recognition and numerous accolades, including being named one of the BBC’s 100 Most Influential and Inspirational Women of 2017. She was also awarded by the House of Mandela at the Nelson Mandela centenary celebration for her work educating and advocating for girls in the DRC.
The Kanangayi Symposium is honored to welcome Noella as its Honorary Keynote Speaker as the Symposium aims to celebrate social-impact entrepreneurs that have paved the way to meaningful impact, thereby setting both a precedent and a roadmap for aspiring changemakers to model their journey to impact. "Noella is a prominent example for every young changemakers that wonders whether they should answer the call to catalyze positive change and meaningful impact, we're tremendously happy to welcome her", said Kanangayi Symposium co-founder, Tallulah Patricia Bär.
Noella also joins a high-level panel discussion on what it means to leverage "the power of networks, education and venture-philanthropy to empower women entrepreneurs and leaders", alongside co-panelists and fellow entrepreneurs, Pascal Gally (founder of Choc des Légendes and Senior Ambassador to the Women In Africa initiative) and Lizanne Atherly (founder of Minds2Capital & co-founder of Black Future Week).