Alain Akouala Atipault
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Alain Akouala Atipault, a proud son of Africa has served as a politician in the government of the Republic of Congo for 15 years. In his current role as communications advisor for the National Council of Dialogue, he directs public and diplomatic relations for his government. As a founding member of a French think tank, he simultaneously works to improve relations between France and Africa.
In 1997, Akouala Atipault participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) with a group of young African professionals. On that visit to the United States, he discovered new possibilities for advancement of his country and was inspired to be a leader for positive change in the Congo.
Akouala Atipault recalls his group's discussion with U.S. Representative John Lewis, the renowned civil rights leader and former companion of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. That exchange was an epiphany for him, and he remembers sharing with Representative Lewis the myriad difficulties he faced trying to establish himself as a young entrepreneur, only to have Representative Lewis encourage him to drop everything and invest himself heavily in politics if he wanted to profoundly effect change in his country.
Today, after a decade and a half of active political involvement, Alain Akouala Atipault is still working to end entrenched poverty and create opportunities for Congolese youth and ensure a brighter future for his African homeland.
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