Displaced from his home in the DRC at the age of six, Joseph Munyambanza grew up in the Kyangwali Refugee Camp in Uganda. At the age of 14, Munyambanza founded COBURWAS International Youth Organization to Transform Africa (CIYOTA) an NGO empowering young leaders through education, and which he continues to lead. Based on these early accomplishments, Munyambanza was selected to attend the African Leadership Academy, a pan-African leadership school based in Johannesburg, where he graduated. He also holds a degree in biochemistry from Westminster College (2015) in the U.S., where he received the school’s highest honor, the Outstanding Senior Award.