Noëlla Coursaris Musunka

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka

Noëlla Coursaris Musunka, a Congolese/Cypriot philanthropist and international model, is the founder and CEO of Malaika. Founded in 2007, Malaika is a grassroots nonprofit that empowers girls and their communities in her home country of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Malaika’s community-driven ecosystem centers around five pillars: a school, a community center, vocational training, an agricultural program, and clean water and sanitation services. Today, Malaika impacts thousands of lives each year, and its programs are all offered free of charge. Crucially, Malaika acts as a local, community-led model that can be replicated on a global level.

A unique and fearless spokesperson, Noëlla is a voice for the power of girls’ education worldwide. Noëlla has shared her insight at a number of world-class forums spanning the World Economic Forum in Davos to the university halls of Cambridge, Oxford, Harvard, and MIT. She is an Ambassador for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, an Advisor at Concordia, and a member of the Advisory Committee of Segal Family Foundation. She also sits on the United Nations Conscious Fashion and Lifestyle Network and the L’Oréal Fund for Women Endowment Fund Advisory Committee, and has been a three-time judge for EY’s World Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She wrote the preface for Mandela: In Honor of an Extraordinary Life, published in 2023, after receiving an award at the 100 Years of Mandela celebration in 2018.