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Mvemba Phezo Dizolele

Senior Advisor

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele has over two decades of experience in international affairs, foreign policy analysis, defense and security, democratization, corporate governance, advocacy and strategic communication.  He is a former Peter J. Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellow and a former National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution.

Dizolele’s analyses have been published in the Washington Post, Journal of Democracy, New York Times, Newsweek International, International Herald Tribune, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, and other outlets.

A frequent commentator on African affairs, he has been a guest analyst on PBS’s NewsHour and Foreign Exchange; NPR's Tell Me More and Weekend Edition, On Point, and the Diane Rehm Show; BBC’s World News Update; and Al Jazeera’s The Stream, NewsHour, and Inside Story.

He has testified before various subcommittees of both chambers of the United States Congress, as well as before the United Nations Security Council. He was a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and covered the 2006 elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where he was embedded with UN peacekeepers in Congo's Ituri district and South Kivu province as a reporter.

With the Pulitzer Center, he produced Congo’s Bloody Coltan, a documentary report on the relationship between the Congo conflict and the scramble for mineral resources.

He is a lecturer in African studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies and a non-resident senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Dizolele holds an International MBA and an MPP from the University of Chicago, and he graduated magna cum laude with a BA in political science and French from Southern Utah University.

He is a veteran of the US Marine Corps Reserve, and he is fluent in several languages, including French, Norwegian and Kikongo.