Luis SamacumbiLuis Samacumbi



Occupational Information

Occupation: Organizational and Community Development

Occupational Position: Programme Specialist for Gender Issues at UNFPA

Professional History

A former child soldier in the Angolan civil war, Luis has taken his experience and applied it to rebuilding communities.  He has worked as a representative for East and Southern Africa at the United Nations Population Fund and in 2019 was involved in launching the World Population Report 2019 event in Angola.  The UNFPA is the UN international development agency that addresses issues of reproductive health and rights.  It recognises that gender equality and addressing needs in education and health, including reproductive health, are prerequisites for achieving long term sustainable development.  The work he does seeks to assist the UNFPA achieve strategic goals regarding family planning, eliminating maternal deaths, and obtaining a climate in which there is zero violence and harmful practices against women and girls. He is responsible for budget, programme and policy management.

Between 2003 and 2011, Luis served in various capacities at the Igreja Evangelica Congregacional em Angola - the Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola - or IECA which was founded in 1880, ending up as the Director General of the Department of Programs. Prior to that, he was a General Committee Member at the All Africa Conference of Churches.

He has written an autobiography of his struggles and suffering during the Angolan war titled Pilares de Suceso that was published in 2012 and he founded a publishing company along the way. 


Masters of Arts in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the University of Natal
Development Economics and International Development - Oxford University


2010 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow