Consultant, Director, and Writer in Goma, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Arsene Tungali Baguma has been working and collaborating for the past 5 years on projects related to Internet governance, child online protection, and women’s participation in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). He has either conducted or supported research projects, documenting violations happening online such as Internet shutdowns, censorship, human rights violations, etc in his country, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and across Africa.
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 UN meetings such as the annual Internet Governance Forum (IGF) including as an Internet Society Ambassador (in 2015 and in 2016) on regional and international levels; has attended ICANN meetings as a Fellow and a number of other ICT-related events in Africa and worldwide. He is a well known advocate on anything development of ICT, ensuring the whole of the Internet is available for everyone and at all time. Arsene is currently serving as Co-Coordinator of the Civil Society Internet Governance Caucus (IGC), a global group of civil society actors working in the Internet Governance area.
He is Co-founder and Executive Director of Rudi International, organization dealing, among others, with bringing ICT-related debates close to the youth in Congo. Rudi International empowers children and women through access to education and opportunities to improve their lives. Through an annual event he started in 2013, the Mabingwa Forum, Arsene is networking emerging leaders in DRC and the region, offering them a space where they challenge themselves and get inspired through networking and conversations. This event is attracting every year up to 30 leaders from the nonprofit world, business, public institutions, journalists, etc. He believes in the power of networking to bring about change.
Arsene is an alumnus of leadership programs such as Obama’s Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders. He has previously worked for UNICEF, Peace One Day to name few. He also is a published author who loves mentoring, travel