Meet our dedicated team working to end rape in war

The Panzi team is made up of 750+ Congolese doctors, nurses, psychologists, lawyers, and management professionals who are dedicated to the holistic care of survivors of sexual violence in DRC and around the world.

OUR LEADERSHIP

Dr. Denis Mukwege

Dr. Denis Mukwege is the President, Founder, and Chief Medical Officer of Panzi Hospital and Foundation. For over 20 years, he has been an outspoken advocate for women’s rights and against sexual and gender-based violence. He has spoken in front of the United Nations, the European Parliament, the G7 Gender Equality Council, and around the world. In 2018, he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end rape as a weapon of war.

Christine Schuler DESCHRYVER

Christine Schuler Deschryver is the Vice President of Panzi Foundation, and one of the organization’s most influential and inspiring leaders. In addition to her management responsibilities at Panzi, she is also the Co-Founder and Director of City of Joy, a transformational leadership community for women survivors of violence in Bukavu. You can learn more about “Mama Christine” and her inspiring work in the Netflix documentary City of Joy.

Dr. Christine Amisi

Dr. Christine Amisis, or “Dr. Tina” is the Executive Secretary of Panzi Foundation. At Panzi, she is responsible for the implementation of our holistic healing model both in the DRC and abroad and manages a team of over 300 professionals. Dr. Tina is also a fearless champion for women, and a medical doctor practicing at Panzi in the OB-GYN department, specializing in urogenital fistulas.

Dr. becas nfundiko

Dr. Becas Nfundiko is the Medical Director of Panzi Hospital, and has been with the organization since its inception. “I am always motivated to work hard to see the hospital continue to expand and improve,” he says. “When the hospital was first established it was very basic and we had limited services. To see it grow over the years has been a big motivation for the work I do and we will continue to work hard to ensure Panzi Hospital is a center of excellence.”

Our Founders (US Office)

Dr. Denis Mukwege
President, Founder, Chief Medical Officer

Dr. Lee ann de reus
Co-Founder

Peter Frantz
Co-Founder

our Board (US Office)

Ed Sullivan
Board Chair

Fred Kramer
Board Treasurer

Alyssa Newman
Board Member

Nita Evele Fund

Nita Evele was a cherished member of the Panzi family, who served as member of the Board of Directors for the US office, and was Chair of the Board when she passed away unexpectedly in September 2021. Nita was a passionate and dedicated human rights defender and activist who cared deeply about the future of her home country, the Democratic Republic of Congo. All those who knew her remember her commitment and integrity, and in her memory, Panzi Foundation has begun the “Nita Evele Fund.” This fund will support those projects that were most dear to Nita throughout her work with Panzi: advancing the efforts of civil society, protecting democracy and transparency, and working toward lasting peace and justice in DRC.

Donate to the Nita Evele Fund in Her Honor

Bertin Rutega,
Director of Programs

Germain Bizimana Miderho, Director, M&E

Nicole Bautumike, Project Manager, Jewelry Project

Vital Barholere, Chief of Staff, Cabinet

Robert Nyangala, Assistant, Cabinet

Martin Obiero, Director of Finance and Administration

Emily Warne, Director, US Office/Strategic Partnerships

Hilaire Mirango, Coordinator, Maison Dorcas

Lubula Igomokelo, Assistant, Cabinet 

Etienne Chikuru, Deputy Director of Programs

Dr. Bienvenue Chizungu, Director of Mulamba Hospital

Marissa Pledger,
Deputy Director, US Office

Ghislain Barholere, Assistant, Cabinet

Nathalie Riziki Bungilila, Director of Human Resources

Dr. Musa Bwema, Director of Bulenga Hospital

Crispin Kashale, DRC Communications

Maud-Salomé Ekila, Communications Officer, Cabinet

The Power of WomenAvailable in English, French, and Dutch

In this riveting and moving biography, Dr. Mukwege reflects on his life and the powerful women who shaped it