The Team


Founder  — Guelord Mbaenda


Born in Goma, Guelord has lived the experience of the war for a large part of his life, including continuous concern for the plight of children and young people affected by the war.
Guelord works on a range of peace-building issues in the eastern DRC, including the reintegration of former child soldiers, post-conflict reconstruction and the local acceptance of the external actors.
Guelord holds an MA in Peace-building from the University of Coventry, UK, a diploma in Executive Management of Non-profit Organizations from Columbia University in New York, and a BA in Development Management from the Higher Institute of Informatics and Management in Goma, DR Congo. Guelord speaks Swahili, French and English.


Executive Director — Julien Mukengerwa Bahati 

Julien is a youth and peace activist from the DRC.  He has been involved and contributed at the local, regional and international level on a range of peace-building projects on youth participation in peacebuilding and the promotion of the positive role of  young people. As an Advocate of the UNSCR 2250, he volunteer as member of the African Youth Advocacy Team of the United Network of Young PeaceBuilders-UNOY.
He had the chance to follow different courses and attend seminars and activities on gender, sexual violence,monitoring and advocacy, globalization, peace and leadership, negotiation and conflict resolution.


Board of Directors

Janviersq2 Janvier Murairi

Janvier is a lawyer and trained human rights activist. He has contributed to the development of the original mission of ADECOP and maintains an advisory role with management team.
Janvier’s work is focused on the protection of the rights of children and young people as economic agents in a context of war economies and transation.



Thérèse Ndamwenge

Thérèse participated in the creation of ADECOP and is a key advisor. Thete has worked with Maendeleo ya Jamii. This community organization consists of young women, girls and boys from vulnerable households in the Goma region who  seek to improve their living conditions and social participation through education on gender issues, health promotion, micro-savings, and promotion of livelihood activities. She has worked with World Vision International in eastern DRC.
Thete holds an undergraduate degree in development with a specialization in the empowerment of women in social and economic development.