Alumni Appreciation Night, February 2014.
Mvemba Phezo Dizolele (’94, Political Science and French) is a W. Glenn Campbell and Rita Ricardo-Campbell National Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He has been an international business advisor, radio broadcaster, columnist and foreign policy analyst, which has allowed him to bring a distinctive perspective to African economic and political development.
Prior to Stanford, Mvemba was Vice President for Business Development at GoodWorks International, LLC, a global advisory firm in Washington, D.C. While there, he initiated new public-private partnerships between African State-owned enterprises and U.S. companies.
As a fellow at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Mvemba covered the 2006 historic elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He was also embedded with United Nations peacekeepers in the war-torn Ituri and South Kivu regions.
He was a policy analyst at the Center for Global Development and managed the Millennium Challenge Account Monitor. While serving as a global analyst at Thomson Financial Institutional Shareholder Services, he advised U.S. and British fund managers on investment transactions that included the $2.5 billion Norsk Hydro-Saga merger and ISS International’s $417 million share issuance.
He earned an MBA from the University of Chicago, served eight years in the Marine Corps and speaks English, French, Norwegian, Spanish, Swahili, Kikongo and Lingala, and is proficient in Swedish and Danish.
For Mvemba, SUU was his first home in the U.S. and he still considers it as such. "I enjoyed the fellowship I received from the faculty and student communities. SUU professors Rodney Decker, Craig Jones, Michael Stathis, Jim Harrison and Jim Mills all had a profound impact on my education. They laid a foundation of how I came to look at things in my world and how I analyzed my political thought. I still remember those classes."