Ilunga, Yvan

Area of Study: 
Policy modeling, Humanitarian Intervention and Foreign Policy, Peacebuilding and Conflict Resolution, Natural resources based conflict and Mining, International development, local economic development and regional integration, Political philosophy.
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Biography
Yvan Yenda Ilunga is an Internationalist, Policy analyst and Development practitioner. He is currently enrolled as PhD candidate in the Division of Global Affairs (DGA) at Rutgers University where he works as Graduate Assistant for the Graduate School-Newark.
Prior to joining DGA as PhD student, Yvan was a visiting scholar in DGA, visiting scholar at the New Jersey Institute of technology (USA), visiting lecturer at the School of Economics and Political Governance (DRC), and Research assistant at the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Apart from academia, Yvan has also worked intensively with Think Tanks, Non for Profit organizations, business consulting firms, as well as micro finance institutions and small businesses in the area of investment and risk assessment in fragile states and conflict regions.
He holds a Bachelor and Postgraduate Honors degrees in International Relations with specialization in International Politics from the University of Lubumbashi in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). His second Post Graduate Honors degree in Development Studies is from the University of the Western Cape (South Africa). His first Master of social sciences specialized in Social Development from the University of Cape Town(South Africa) and His second MS is from the Division of Global Affairs concentrating on Global Policy (Rutgers University).

Research Activities
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Ilunga, Y. Yenda& Marc Eric Lane. The Democratic Republic of Congo: Language as tool of social cohesion or inter-provincial social conflict” inCommunication and Conflict Transformation through Local, Regional, and Global Engagement: Through Local, Regional, and Global Engagements”. Pub. Lexington books 2016.
  • Ilunga, Y. Yenda. “Failure to Manage Commodities Windfall Forces Congo Budget Cuts.” World Politics Review, May 23, 2016 .
  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. Why dependence on natural resources is bad for the DRC, The Conversation, November 9th, 2015.
  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. Africa needs more infrastructure investment that boosts long-term jobs growth, The Conversation, July 28th, 2015.
  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. Africa needs more infrastructure investment that boosts long-term jobs growth, The Conversation, July 28th, 2015.
  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. Africa’s destiny depends on building a vibrant middle class, The Conversation, 22nd April 2015, USA.
  • Ilunga, Y.Yvan. Eye on Africa: US and China tussle for economic influence, The Conversation, 25th February 2015, USA.
  • Ilunga, Y.Yvan. 2013. An investigation into the social dimensions of mining activities in Africa; A Case of Kakanda city in the Democratic Republic of Congo. MS. Dissertation. University of Cape Town.
  • Ilunga, Y.Yvan. UN’s massive failure in Democratic Republic of Congo. Center for Media and Peace Initiatives (CMPI), September 25th 2013, New York.
  • Ilunga, Y,Yvan.  The Economics of Reconciliation. Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, September 2012, Newsletter, Vol 3, Issue 8, Cape Town.
  • Ilunga, Y.Yvan. 2011. The Phenomenon of Homeless People in the Salt River Area of Cape Town: A descriptive Study. Honors Research project. University of the Western Cape.
  • Ilunga, Y.Yvan. 2009. Exploration du pétrole en Afrique Central et perspective de Rivalité de Puissances. Dissertation de Licence. University of Lubumbashi.

SELECTED PRESENTATIONS AND GUEST LECTURES

  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. “Limits of Truth and Reconciliation Commission as conflict resolution mechanism: strength and weakness.” PhD Roundtable, Division of Global Affairs, Rutgers University, February 16th, 2016.
  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. Technology and International Development:  Role, Place and Impact in the 21st century: Reflection on developing Countries, Lecture, March 29th April 2015, New Jersey Institute of Technology.
  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. The competitive Africa: Marriage between Natural Resources and context based education system in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. At the 23rd Annual Graduate Student Conference in African Studies, Globalization, Permeation, and Exchange:Africa and the New World Order. March 27th -28th 2015, Boston University, USA.
  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. Human Rights and Development: Twin pillars for sustainable society, Lecture, March 3rd 2015, New Jersey Institute of TechnologyBernadette Longo and Ilunga,Y,Yvan. Trust. TEDxNJIT, 4th April 2013, New Jersey.
  • Ilunga, Y.Yvan. The public voice – the Media and its view on the Congo. Panel discussion on “The Democratic Republic of Congo, One country different stories” August 16th 2013, University of Cape Town.
  • Ilunga, Y.Yvan. An integrated Community Development and Conflict Resolution approach to Peace building in Ituri District (Eastern province of the Democratic Republic of Congo). Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, November 2012 Seminar, Cape Town.

HIGH LEVEL POLICY AND DIPLOMATIC MEETINGS

  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. Attend the “Africa Knowledge Fest” at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC, February 22nd, 2017.
  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. Participated at the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2017- Regional Breakout Session on Sub-Saharan Africa, UN Headquarters in New York, January 31st, 2017.
  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. Participated at the African Diaspora Leaders Policy Briefing, White House, Monday, February 22nd, 2016.
  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. Participated at the World Bank & International Monetary Fund’s 2016 spring meeting,       Washington DC, April 11th to 17th, 2016.
  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. Participated at the ECOSOC Youth Forum 2016- Regional Breakout session on Sub-    Saharan Africa, UN Headquarters in New York, February 2, 2016.
  • Ilunga, Y. Yvan. Participated at African Continental Framework on Youth Development: Mainstream into     Agenda 2063, UN Headquarters in New York, October 14, 2015-Africa Week.

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