Ruphin Bo-Elongo Kimueme
General Director / Coordinator, Social Fund of the DRC
Ruphin Bo-Elongo Kimueme (@BoRuphin) is a Development Project Manager with extensive experience in managing and coordinating community development and crisis response projects. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics (1990) and an accreditation in Development Project Management (2016). After a career of almost 12 years of auditing with the international firm PricewaterhouseCoopers (1993-2004), he joined the Social Fund of the Democratic Republic of Congo (FSRDC) in 2004, first as Administrative and Financial Director and two years later as General Coordinator (from 2006 to date). To his credit, there have been several achievements in successful management and coordination in difficult contexts, of social protection and community development projects/programmes, implemented with the financial support of the World Bank, having achieved satisfactory outcomes. These include the Emergency Social Action Project (2005-2013, $103M) in a difficult post-conflict context, the Project for the Stabilization of Eastern DRC for Peace (2014-2020, $129.1M) and the Social Responses to the Ebola Crisis Project (2019 to date).
Executive Director, AIDPROFEN
Passy Mubalama (@passymubalama) is a pro-democracy and women’s rights activist with over 10 years of experience in promoting democracy, human rights, good governance and the rule of law in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). She is founder and executive director of Action and Development Initiative for the Protection of Women and Children (AIDPROFEN), a nonprofit organization that promotes women’s rights in the eastern region of the DRC. Her personal experiences reporting human rights violations from Goma’s IDP camps inspired her in 2011 to found AIDPROFEN. In 2016, with funding from NED, she founded the Education Center on Democracy and Human Rights in the DRC, which organizes trainings and arranges meetings between community and local party leaders in order to bolster women’s political engagement. For her notable work to strengthen women’s and youth participation in public affairs, she received a Mandela Washington Fellowship from the Young African Leaders Initiative in 2014. In 2018 she received the Regean Fascell democracy fellow at NED During her fellowship, Ms. Mubalama worked on a handbook of strategies to address conflict between women’s political participation and traditional notions of the role of women in eastern DRC.
Passy is one of the 2020 women of distinction awardees in New York.
Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO
Leila Zerrougui (@SRSG_MONUSCO) is a Special Representative of the Secretary-General in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, MONUSCO. Prior to her current position, Ms. Zerrougui served as Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children in Armed Conflict (2012 - 2016) and as Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in MONUSCO (2008 - 2012), where she spearheaded the Mission’s efforts in strengthening the rule of law and protection of civilians. A legal expert in human rights and the administration of justice, Ms. Zerrougui was a member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention under the UN Human Rights Council from 2001 to 2003, and served as the Working Group’s Chairperson-Rapporteur from 2003 to 2008. Prior to her international engagements, Ms. Zerrougui had a longstanding career in Algeria, where in 2000 she was appointed to the Supreme Court.
European Union's Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Delegation of the European Union to the Democratic Republic of Congo
Jean-Marc Châtaigner (@Jmchataigner) is currently the European Union's Ambassador to the Democratic Republic of Congo since 1 September 2019. He was previously France's Special Ambassador for the Sahel (2017-2019), Deputy Director-General of the Development Research Institute (2015/2017), Deputy Director General of Globalization, Development and Partnerships at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development (2012-2015), French Ambassador to Madagascar (2009/2012). Mr. Châtaigner is the author of numerous articles and essays on the issue of development and post-conflict ('A challenge for the planet: The Goals of Sustainable Development in Debate' (2017), 'Fragility and Resilience: The New Frontiers of Globalization' (2014), 'Fragile States and Societies: Between Conflict, Reconstruction and Development' (2007)).
Social Protection Team Leader for DRC, World Bank
Paul Bance works as a senior operations officer in the Social Protection Department of the World Bank, where he is the team leader for the program in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Over the last ten years, Mr. Bance has developed an expertise on community development and social safety nets in fragile and conflict settings. Mr. Bance holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the European University Institute.
Research Associate, Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)
Marie Wagner (@MarieWgn) is a Research Associate at the Global Public Policy Institute in Berlin, where she contributes to the institute’s work on humanitarian action and peace and security. She is an editor of the PeaceLab Blog (@PeaceLabBlog). The PeaceLab project is run by GPPi to foster debate on conflict prevention, stabilization and peacebuilding, and is supported by the German Federal Foreign Office.