Noella Cousaris Musunka
Noëlla is an international model and philanthropist of Congolese/Swiss/Cypriot heritage. She is the founder of Malaika, a nonprofit grassroots organization that empowers Congolese girls and their communities through education and health programs. The foundation operates in Kalebuka, a village 30 minutes away from Noella’s hometown of Lubumbashi.
Noëlla’s work with Malaika has made her one of the most sought after speakers on the subject of girls’ education. She has spoken at venues as far ranging as UNICEF and Cambridge University, and has appeared several times alongside President Clinton on Clinton Global Initiative panels. Noëlla has been interviewed about her philanthropic work on global news outlets such as CNN and the BBC.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes
Sir Ralph Fiennes has been dubbed by the Guinness World Records as the world’s greatest living explorer. His expeditionary highlights include becoming the first person ever to summit Everest and cross both polar ice caps.
“The Walk the Congo expedition proves that the very best spirit of British exploration lives on. The expedition team is attempting an audacious and daunting world first in one of the world’s most remote regions. The commitment required by the team to succeed in this expedition ensures that the completion of the challenge will rank it among the world’s great overland adventures.”
Chouchou Namegabe is a Congolese activist, radio journalist, and founder and director of the organisation the Association des Femmes des Medias, which trains Congolese women as journalists to report on sexual violence and human rights abuses. In 2011 the advocacy organisation Women Deliver recognized her as one of the Top 100 most inspiring people working on behalf of girls and women, saying that her work has been “helping Congo’s women broadcast to the world.” She won a Vital Voices Global Leadership Award, with that organization calling her “a pioneering, fearless voice for justice and accountability.”
Ms. Namegabe has testified at The Hague to urge the International Court of Justice to classify rape as a political weapon in Congo, and in Washington, before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on violence against women. Ms. Namegabe met on several occasions with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to press the need for a non-partisan security force to end sexual violence in the conflict-torn region.
“I am not someone who likes the status quo.”
Kieran Nokes is a partnerships, brand management and marketing professional from London, UK, with extensive commercial experience in sport, having worked with rights holders, associations, global brands, teams and events.
Passionate about the power of sport for good, he is also Director and co-owner of Norwegian founded social enterprise, Gladiator Education – an organisation dedicated to improving the health, education and social development of children and youths worldwide through their award-winning, play-based active learning programs. To date, their tailored programs have reached more than 160,000 children and young people in Norway, UK, Sierra Leone, DR Congo and Pakistan. In 2014, Lego Ashoka named Kieran as one of their Re-imagine Learning Pacesetters, recognising Gladiator Education’s Aball1 among the world’s leading and most effective playful learning programs based on innovation, reach and impact.