Dr. Masachs Boungou
(Pronounced: Ma'Zash Boon'Goo)
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THE POWER OF PERSONAL HISTORY
Turning one's life tragedies into triumph
THE STRUGGLE WE CARRY
Defining our Existence as a Success or Failure
Dr. Masachs Boungou is from the Republic of the Congo living in the U.S. Born to a mother who never finished high school but emphasized to him the inspirational power of personal history and education, he survived a civil war in 1999 and taught himself English as an adult by listening to a broadcast Voice of America.
As a Fulbright scholar, he received a dual master's degree in Sustainable International Development and Coexistence and Conflict Studies from Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management in 2016. From 2016-2018, he founded and ran the ''Nunga Program'', a social enterprise focusing on youth entrepreneurship, peacebuilding, and leadership in the Congo. In 2018, Masachs received the New Leaders Group Award from the Institute of International Education (IIE) and subsequently was awarded a grant for social change from the Pollination Project in 2020.
He earned a Ph.D. in Global Studies in 2022 from the University of Massachusetts, Lowell. His thesis documents the stories of how immigrants from sub-Saharan African countries who experienced civil war and/or genocide use these experiences to fuel their entrepreneurial drive and business creation in America. He was a commencement speaker of the Class of 2022 at UMass Lowell. The Power of Personal History is his first book.
Based on his dissertation research, Dr. Masachs has developed a practical model of personal history-telling and five session workshop on Strategic use of personal history in business leadership and success. Though this five session workshop is for business leaders and corporate managers, it also applies to MBA students or aspiring entrepreneurs. Dr. Masachs is a specialist in qualitative research which he uses as a business strategy.