Muadi Mukenge brings over 21 years of program and grants management, and communications experience in the fields of international philanthropy and development, women’s rights, and global health. Originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, she is a thought leader who contributes expertise in the fields of women’s movements and human rights, reproductive health, economic empowerment, political participation, and ending violence against women. Currently, Mukenge leads strategic direction for fundraising, partnership development and global communications at Ipas, a global reproductive rights NGO.
Previously, Mukenge oversaw grantmaking, special initiatives, and resource mobilization for Sub-Saharan Africa for the Global Fund for Women from 2004 to 2016, growing its work most significantly in rural communities, conflict regions, and Francophone Africa. Mukenge is a frequent commentator on political and economic trends in Africa and U.S. foreign policy toward Africa, and is active in African Diaspora and international human rights initiatives. She has authored impact reports, articles and book chapters on women’s rights, African development, and global health. Mukenge serves on the Board of Priority Africa Network, the Congolese Studies Association, and Eastern Congo Initiative, and is a former member of the Advisory Board of the Mastercard Foundation Africa Scholars Program at UC Berkeley, and former Board member of the African Studies Association and New Field Foundation.