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Narcisse Mbunzama Combats Digital Disinformation in Africa 

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Narcisse Mbunzama is an accomplished computer scientist based in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). He specializes in artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity and is the founder of Digital Security Group, a research organization in the DRC. His career is marked by significant contributions to AI, blockchain, cybersecurity, and cloud computing.

With his background in computer science, Mbunzama has become a prominent figure in the tech landscape of sub-Saharan Africa, particularly within areas of disinformation analysis, AI/ML, and cybersecurity, and his goal is to drive innovation and digital resilience in the region. He has been instrumental in leading various projects that have advanced AI applications, harnessed blockchain for transformative solutions, enhanced cybersecurity, and leveraged cloud computing for efficiency.

Driving Technological Progress

Mbunzama actively promotes knowledge sharing, mentors emerging talents, and collaborates with local and international stakeholders to drive technological progress in the DRC. Read more to find out how HPC has shaped Mbunzama’s career.

Narcisse Mbunzama

Founder, Digital Security Group

Q: What single event most made you realize you wanted a career in HPC/computing?

Mbunzama: The decision to pursue a career in HPC/computing has been influenced by my participation on a research project that involved heavy computational simulations.

Q: What do you consider your biggest contribution to the HPC/computing community?

Mbunzama: My participation on several projects related to big data and cloud computing, where large-scale data have been processed and analyzed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, are my biggest contributions to the HPC/computing community.

Q: In the past 35 years, what is the most significant overlooked breakthrough that has impacted the field in your eyes?

Mbunzama: Personally, I think that the development of parallel computing concepts—the idea of parallel computing, where multiple processors work together to solve a problem—is foundational to HPC. Innovations in parallel computing architectures, algorithms, and programming paradigms, like MPI and OpenMP, that have been critical in making HPC systems more efficient and scalable, are the most significant innovations in the field.

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