Mvemba Phezo Dizolele

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele

Mvemba Phezo Dizolele is a writer, foreign policy analyst, and independent journalist. He is a senior strategy and advocacy adviser at Eastern Congo Initiative.  

Dizolele is a professorial lecturer in African Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, the Peter J. Duignan Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and the author of the forthcoming biography, Mobutu: the Rise and Fall of the Leopard King (Random House UK).

In 2006, he covered the conflict and the elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo as a grantee of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and was embedded with United Nations peacekeepers in Ituri district and South Kivu province as a reporter.

His analyses have been published in the Journal of DemocracyNew York TimesNewsweek International, International Herald TribuneForeign PolicyForeign AffairsThe New RepublicForbes and other outlets. A frequent commentator on African affairs, he has been a guest analyst on several radio and television programs, including PBS, NPR, BBC, Al Jazeera, and Voice of America.
Dizolele has testified before various subcommittees of the two chambers of the United States Congress.  He has also testified before the United Nations Security Council.
He holds an International Master of Business Administration and a Master of Public Policy from the University of Chicago. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French from Southern Utah University.

Dizolele speaks several languages and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.