Monday, March 27, 2023 from 6:00 PM to 7:45 PM EDT
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The Colony Palm Beach Pavilion Room 
155 Hammon Avenue
Palm Beach, FL 33480

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Celeste Simon 
World Affairs Council of Palm Beach 

Africa: Leadership, Choices, Expectations in Post Authoritarian Transitions

Monday, March 27, 2023

The Colony Palm Beach Pavilion Room 
155 Hammon Avenue
Palm Beach, FL 33480  

6:00 p.m. – Registration & Social
6:30 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. Speaker Presentation

Speaker Profile:

Dr. Mvemba Phezo Dizolele is a senior fellow and director of the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). He is also a lecturer in African studies at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Prior to CSIS, he was the Africa senior adviser at the International Republican Institute.

Previously, he served as the course coordinator for central and southern Africa at the U.S. Foreign Service Institute. He was also a Peter J. Duignan distinguished visiting fellow and a national fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Dizolele has testified for both chambers of the U.S. Congress, as well as at the UN Security Council. He has served as an international election monitor and delegate in several countries, including Nigeria, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where he was also embedded with UN peacekeepers in Ituri and South Kivu as a reporter.

Dizolele’s analyses have been published in the Journal of DemocracyNew York TimesNewsweek InternationalInternational Herald TribuneForeign PolicyForeign AffairsNew RepublicForbesSt. Louis Post-Dispatch, and other outlets. A frequent commentator on African affairs, he has been a guest analyst on PBS’s NewsHour and Foreign Exchange; NPR's Tell Me More, On Point, and the Diane Rehm Show; BBC’s World News Update; and Al Jazeera’s The Stream, NewsHour, and Inside Story.

Dizolele holds an international MBA and an MPP from the University of Chicago.

He is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and is fluent in French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swahili, Kikongo, and Lingala and proficient in Danish and Swedish. He is the author of the forthcoming biography, Mobutu: The Rise and Fall of the Leopard King (Random House).


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