Luis SamacumbiLuis Samacumbi



Occupational Information

Job Title: Programme Specialist for Youth, Gender and Humanitarian Issues at the United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA

Professional History

Luis is the Programme Specialist at the United Nations Population Fund - UNFPA 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 recognizes 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 to achieve strategic goals regarding family planning, eliminating maternal deaths, and obtaining a climate in which there is zero maternal death, zero unwanted pregnancies and zero violence, and harmful practices against women and girls. He is responsible for budget, programme, and policy management.

A former child soldier in the Angolan civil war, Luis has taken his experience and applied it to rebuilding communities.

Between 2003 and 2011, Luis served in various capacities at the Igreja Evangélica Congregational 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 – AACC with headquarters in Nairobi Kenya. Luis was one of the UN staff deployed in Mozambique in 2019 responding to the cyclones Kenneth and Idai crisis. He has written an autobiography of his struggles and suffering during the Angolan war titled Pilares de Sucesso that was published in 2012 and he founded a publishing company along the way. Luis published seven other books through his own publishing company and various articles through AfricaFiles company based in Canada.


Master of Divinity from the Chicago Theologica, Seminary, University of Chicago, United States of America
Master of Arts on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from University of KwaZulu Natal – Durban, South Africa
Bachelor of Arts on Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution from the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa
Diploma in Management and Leadership in Nursing - Rehovot, Mashav - Tel Aviv, Israel.
Diploma in Nursing (Instituto Médio de Saúde do Huambo) School of Nursing –Huambo, Angola


2010 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Leadership Fellow

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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.