Who We Are

The Mundela Foundation is a non-profit organization started to continue the

legacy of Gilbert Mundela to help

revitalize the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and other African countries.


Gilbert Mundela was a man of incredible conviction, action and unwavering faith. He was the preeminent representative of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS)— the

biggest and longest-operating political party in the DRC— in the United States under the

leadership of Etienne Tshisekedi. Working under severe challenges and

deprivations, he remained loyal to his political ideals. He played a pivotal role in the progressive rebirth of the Congo today. His relentless and heroic fight for

democracy in the Congo paved the way for the democratization process of the political system and the historic first-ever peaceful transfer of power in the DRC in January 2019.


On December 27th, 2019, Gilbert Mundela suffered a cardiac arrest in Nairobi and passed away at 65. Gilbert, survived by his three children, had an incomparable passion for the Congo. He had an ambitious vision for a DRC that is united, strong, and sovereign, where each Congolese citizen is an active and respected actor, and where Congo assumes its natural place as a leader in Africa, contributing to the economic growth, modernization, and integration of the continent.