Consultant and Director in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Arsene Tungali B. is a published author and a social entrepreneur. He has been working and collaborating for the past 7 years on projects related to Internet governance. He has either conducted or supported research projects, documenting digital rights violations such as Internet shutdowns and other communication disruptions, happening in his country, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
He is a well-known Congolese online activist based in Goma (Eastern DRC), followed for his regular posts on social media and blogs on politics, social life and everything related to human rights violations happening offline or online. He has written pieces for international news outlets and blogs on several topics. He is a firm believer in the power of technology to change behaviors.
Arsene has attended and contributed either as a participant or a speaker at a number of international events including the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF), where he currently serves as a member of the Multistakeholder Advisory Group (MAG), responsible for setting and managing the programing of the IGF. He is also involved with the domain name policy issues with ICANN, where he currently serves as member of the GNSO Council. He has attended and spoke at a number of other digital rights-focused events such as the RightsCon, Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa (FIFA), etc.
In 2011, he Co-founder Rudi International, where he currently serves as Executive Director. Rudi is an organization working, among others, at the intersection of technology, innovation and research. Between 2013 and 2017, Arsene convened the Mabingwa Forum, an annual event aiming at empowering and networking emerging leaders in the DRC, offering them the space where they challenge themselves and get inspired through networking and conversations. This event could attract up to 30 leaders each year, coming from the nonprofit, business, public institutions, etc. Arsene always believes in the power of networking to bring about change.
He published a book titled “Goma sous les feux – Recit d’un habitant” in 2015 and “Safari Njema – le guide de voyage” in 2019, books read in the Congo and abroad. Arsene is an alumnus of leadership programs such as Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders (YALI). He has previously worked for UNICEF, Peace One Day to name few.