Advisory Board Member
Mr. Joseph Munyambanza empowers refugees in Uganda through innovative quality education and entrepreneurial leadership. He left his home country, DRC when he was six years old. At the age of 14, Joseph he worked with friends to establish COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa (CIYOTA) to increase access to education and learning outcome in refugee communities in Kyangwali settlement in Uganda. Joseph graduated from African Leadership Academy, pan African leadership school based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has a degree in biochemistry from Westminster College, USA where he received university’s highest honor, the Outstanding Senior Award. Munyambanza is one of 15 young people chosen to serve as advisors on Global Education First Initiative to the UN Secretary General and Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy between 2012 and 2016. Joseph was recognized alongside Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf as one of four Global Citizen Award winners in 2013. He was recognized named one of The 99 most influential Foreign Policy Leaders under the age of 33 by the Diplomatic Courier magazine. Munyambanza also awarded the Trailblazer Award by the African Leadership Academy in 2014. He is one of the 12 Skoll Foundation Young Leaders for the 2016 cohort.
Mr. Munyambanza strongly believes that if refugees children and youth are given opportunity to quality education and capacity building, they can be able to solve their own in issues both in refugee camps and when they return to their home countries.