Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, a Congolese/Cyriot philanthropist and international model, is the Founder & CEO of Malaika, a grassroots nonprofit that works to educate and empower girls and communities in her home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Fiercely proud of her African heritage, her determination to help improve the lives of Africa’s youth has made her an international advocate for their welfare.
Noëlla founded Malaika in 2007, and this community-driven approach acts as a model that can be replicated on a global level. Today, Malaika’s education and health programs are impacting thousands of people’s lives and are all offered free of charge. Malaika’s work has three components: an accredited school that provides a quality education to 346 girls; a community center that offers a range of programs to 5,000 youth and adults; and, a clean water program that has built and refurbished 19 wells to supply fresh water to over 35,000 people each year.
Noëlla has shared her insight at a number of world-class forums spanning the Clinton Global Initiative and the World Economic Forum in Davos to the university halls of Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, and MIT. In 2017, Noëlla was named one of the BBC’s 100 Most Influential & Inspirational Women of the Year, and in 2018, she received an award at the 100 Years of Mandela celebration. She is an Ambassador for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria.