About Us

IWC Logo-400px   Our Purpose:

1) To provide an opportunity for women of all nationalities to meet and to promote good relations within the community.

2) To conduct activities for the benefit and welfare of such persons or groups of persons of Congolese nationality as may be designated by the Club.

3) To provide information and understanding of our host country through speakers and trips and to help newcomers become integrated into the international community.

Our 2015-2016 Executive Board:


DSC_0004 (800x533)Manuela de Boever, President 
Manuela Pizzaia came from Italy in 1976 to visit her parents in Kisangani, where her father was working. She fell in love with handsome accountant Charles de Boever, who worked with her father, and immediately forgot her plans to return to Italy. The young Manuela and the handsome accountant were soon married. She and her new husband arrived in Kinshasa in 1979, and they have raised three children here. Manuela joined the IWC in 1999, and within a few months, became the IWC Hospitality Chairperson. Manuela was elected IWC President for the 2003-2004 term, and became Interim President in 2005 and again in 2006. Manuela has been the IWC President for the 2010-2011, 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 terms.

Amel Youssif, Vice President


Patti-ProfilePicPatti B. Tito, Secretary
Patti hails from Albany, Georgia, U.S.A. Patti has worked in the Information Technology field for over 30 years. Patti and her husband, Jeffrey, arrived in Kinshasa in December 2013, for his job at Bralima.  They are proud parents of Alicia, Lauren, Kelsey and JB.


Linda James Linda James, Hospitality Chair
Linda James is a senior marketing and communications professional with marketing, communications, business and legal experience providing her with the skills needed to strategically position an organization in the marketplace. She is currently working as a consultant at the Université Protestante au Congo in Kinshasa, DRC where she is directing their development and communications efforts. Previously, Ms. James led the marketing and communications department for the West Coast offices of Skadden, Arps, a premier international law firm. She serves on several nonprofit boards whose purpose is to raise awareness about issues in Congo. As a newly-elected board member for the International Women’s Club of Kinshasa, she is eager to be a part of this vibrant organization.

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