Professor ERNEST WAMBA DIA WAMBA
Former Vice-President of the Organizing Power of Kongo University
Former Senator, Transitional Senate, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Former Vice President, Senate’s Political, Administrative and Legal Permanent Commission
Executive Director, Mbongi A Nsi, Kinshasa
Historian and Philosopher
Professor Ernest Wamba dia Wamba is a committed intellectual, academic, and activist for academic freedom, sustained peace, democracy, transparency and pro- people politics in Africa – particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) where no elections and no census have been carried out in more than three decades.
As a political activist Professor Wamba dia Wamba has:
- Led a delegation at the Inter-Congolese Dialogue in Sun City, South Africa, February to April 2002; and to the Pretoria Inter-Congolese negotiations (October to December 2002) which led to the Global and Inclusive Accord for the transition in the DR Congo.
- Has strong familiarity with issues of conflict resolution. He assisted Mwalimu Nyerere and participated in his mediation efforts in the Burundi crisis and in the regional undertaking to help the Congolese people to overthrow Mobutu’s regime. He researched conflicts in the Great Lakes region and was a member of the consultative group of the Secretary General of the UN regarding the crisis in Central Africa (Membership of the group included Herbert Weiss, Georges Nzongola, Filip Reyntjens and Jean-Claude Willame).
- Participated in various political meetings such as OAU summits, African Heads of State summits, Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), UN Security Council meetings, consultation visits to individual countries to build support for peace in the DR Congo and the central African region and negotiations and meetings leading to the Lusaka Cease-Fire Accord, etc.
- Was a delegate to the (Sovereign National Conference (CNS), part of the team of 40 Professors assisting the CNS Chairman for the coherence of the resolutions.
As an Associate Professor of history Professor Wamba dia Wamba has:
- A strong familiarity with issues of historiography, history of world capitalism and imperialism, history of Central Africa, history of liberation movements and struggles and issues of philosophy and epistemology of social sciences.
- Considerable experience in public lecturing at various world universities (USA, Europe, Brazil and Africa) and in participation at scientific and other seminars and conferences.
- Solid and diverse teaching experience: at the secondary school and university levels in the DR Congo, the USA and Tanzania.
- Solid experience in social sciences research work, leadership positions in administration and academic fields as well as participatory research. Assumed presidencies of the prominent Council for the Development of Social Science Research (CODESRIA), and the Dar-es-Salaam Philosophy Club (DAPHIC). Strong familiarity with issues of African philosophy: a recipient of the Prince Claus award for Culture and Development in recognition of his ” scholarly contribution to the development of African philosophy and for sparking off the philosophical debate on social and political themes in Africa.”
- Been recognized as a leading theoretician of the Palaver and other indigenous forms of governance and is familiar with issues of the Traditional Knowledge.
- Researched causes and ways of ending all forms of genocidal violence in Africa and wrote, with Jacques Depelchin, “The African Declaration Against Genocide.”
- Been detained, for nearly a year (1981-1982), by Mobutu’s regime, because of research done on opposition movements in the Congo (1963-1978) and of being in possession of a research paper: ” Authenticity of Neo-
Colonialism: Class Struggles and Ideology in Zaire.”
- Published many articles in scholarly journals on various subjects, including: historiography, social movements, and African philosophy. Co-edited with Mahmood Mamdani, ” African Studies in Social Movements and Democracy”, Dakar: CODESRIA Books Series, 1995.