Bandi Mbubi

Founder & Executive Director, Congo Calling

About Bandi

Bio

I am the founder and Director of Congo Calling, a UK based NGO. We work: (1) to create a mass movement of consumers who demand that tech companies develop conflict-mineral free products; (2) to influence technology companies to abide by the OECD Due Diligence code of practice; and (3) to lobby for the adoption and implementation of commercial, political and legal frameworks to promote ethical mining practices in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Our vision is for a peaceful and just Congo, where people can live in stable and prosperous communities, where children are not enlisted, where women are not raped as an instrument of war, and where miners work for fair wages in human conditions.
I speak and write nationally and internationally on these issues, working with academics and students, Congolese activists, business leaders, NGOs, politicians, thought leaders and technology companies to: promote the ethical management of the natural resources in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; mobilise mass public support for a campaign that encourages technology companies to use only conflict free minerals from the DRC; and influence the creation, adoption and implementation of commercial, political and legal frameworks to promote ethical mining practices in the DRC including the enforcement of pre-existing UN regulations on illicit mineral trade.
I also am the Director of the Manna Society, the largest day centre for homeless people in South London and a Trustee of Church Action on Poverty.

Languages

English, French

TED Conference

TEDGlobal 2013

Areas of Expertise

Responsible Business, Sustainability - changing behavior and attitude, Conflict Resolution, public speaking

An idea worth spreading

It is time to be asking questions about technology. Where does it come from? Who makes it? And for what?

I'm passionate about

Peace Justice Social and Economic Prosperity

Talk to me about

Sustainability, Responsible Business, Conflict Resolution and Spirituality

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