François Nkuna Balumuene became ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Congo to the United States on Sept. 17, 2015, having most recently served as the dean of the diplomatic corps in India (2014-15). He previously served as the Democratic Republic of Congo’s ambassador to Congo (2003-15) with concurrent accreditation to Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Sri Lanka, as well as chargé d’affaires of the DRC Embassy in South Africa (2000-03).
In addition, Ambassador Balumuene was the diplomatic and administrative assistant to the deputy commissioner general of the Government for MONUC Affairs, in charge of finance, logistics and foreign policy (2000); a member of the technical cell of the International Cooperation Office at the State Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (1999-2000); advisor to the minister of foreign affairs, in charge of international cooperation (1999); director and head of the Europe Department (1997-99); and assistant to the secretary-general for foreign affairs in charge of financial and banking issues (1996-97). Other postings include the Ordinary Passports Division at the Department of Chancery and Litigation; Latin America Division; and embassy in Spain.
Ambassador Balumuene holds a master’s degree in economics from the Faculty of Economics at the UNAZA Campus of Kinshasa. Born Sept. 9, 1952, Ambassador Balumuene is married with five children.
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