Board of Directors
Dr. Marie Goretti UMUHOZARIHOVICE CHAIRPERSON
Dr. Marie Goretti Umuhozariho is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Rwanda (UR). She is a Food Science and Technology specialist and has almost 20 years of experience in Food Science and Technology and related fields. Dr. Umuhozariho holds a PhD degree from Sokoine University of Agriculture, a Master’s degree from Texas A&M University and an Industrial Engineering degree from University of Burundi. For all the degrees, the area is the Agriculture/Food Science and Technology. As senior lecturer in UR, her principal attributions are teaching, research and community outreach. For teaching, Dr. Umuhozariho is involved in programs (BSc, MSc and PhD) courses development and lecturing, usually of different food items handling, storage, processing, preservation and development as well as their quality standards. For research, she works as consultant in the field of food quality, food postharvest losses evaluation, causes of the food quantitative and qualitative losses and potential solutions. She is also involved in projects writing for funds, and has reviewed and published papers, principally on food products development, their nutrients and sensory attributes evaluation as well as their market acceptability. She works closely with other research institutions such as Rwanda Agriculture Board. For community outreach, Dr. Umuhozariho works with Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) as member of technical committee to develop national food standards, and collaborates with farmers and processors for advisors and attachment. Dr. Umuhozariho’s career objectives are: 1. To contribute to fighting against hunger and malnutrition in Rwanda by optimizing utilization of available foodstuffs (underutilized and unknown by Rwandans). 2. To work along with farmers, in different food supply chains, to minimize qualitative and quantitative postharvest losses by adequate food handling, preservation and processing.
Wilson K. KARUHANGADIRECTOR
Mr. KARUHANGA K. Wilson has 10 years’ experience in the areas of statistical analysis, economic research, and public sector and Financial Stability analysis. He holds a Masters of Arts in Economics from University of Mauritius and a Bachelor of Sciences in Economics obtained from the University of Rwanda. Mr. KARUHANGA is currently serving as a macroeconomic policy Analyst at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM).
Mr. Christian Mbabazi is an experienced professional accountant. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA) and a member of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (iCPAR). Christian is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Kinazi Cassava Plant Ltd, a position he currently occupies on an interim basis. He heads the equity investments and advisory services unit at Rwanda Development Bank (BRD Plc) where his responsibilities include sourcing and analyzing potential equity investments; advising clients and making recommendations to the Board of Directors. Christian represents the Bank on several Boards of Investee companies. Prior to joining the Bank, Christian was a senior associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he led several teams and audit engagements. He provided both IFRS based FS audits and IT/IS assurance services to various clients. Christian sits on the Disciplinary committee of iCPAR and he is a certified CPA ® Exams setter and marker; which he has been doing for the last 3 years. Christian holds a Master of Business Administration Degree (MBA with Distinction) from Herriot Watt University UK and an Engineering Degree from the University of Rwanda (College of Science and Technology). He is a CFA Foundations certified and holds other multiple certifications and Diplomas in accounting and Business. Christian enjoys playing soccer and reading.
Mrs Elise Ntamitondero is the Portfolio Manager at Agaciro Development Fund (AgDF) since September 2018. Her responsibilities include overseeing portfolio management, assessing and analyzing companies under portfolio internal and external operations, analyzing potential investments among others. Elise represents AgDF in different Boards of Directors of companies in the portfolio. Prior to joining AgDF, Elise was Audit Director in the Office of the Auditor General (OAG) Rwanda. Over her 11 years of experience in OAG, she led several audit assignments of public entities including RRA, UR, Boards, Projects, Districts, etc. Elise holds a Business Administration degree specializing in Accounting from the Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management (KIST). She is writing thesis of MBA (Finance option) at MKU and pursuing the last paper of professional course of the UK Association of Chartered Certified Accountant (ACCA).
Marie-Ange Hakiba INGABIREDIRECTOR
Mrs Hakiba INGABIRE is currently the Head of Corporate Services Department under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Rwanda. She coordinates and supervises internal planning function, reporting system and business analysis, strengthen the Ministry and its agencies to execute strategic plans and achieve significant progress against set targets. She also supervises HR policies implementation as well as manages the compliance with PFM systems within the Ministry. Prior to this, she has 14 years’ experience in working on development projects & programmes, first as European Development Fund – National Authorising Office Manager (EDF –NAO) under SPIU of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning over three years, where her responsibilities included the oversight & management of the EDF NAO portfolio both the programming and operations relating to (i) infrastructures; (ii) economy and governance and (iii) rural development section. Before she worked as Programme officer in charge of Economy and Governance section – EDF NAO under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning for eleven years. She also serves on several boards such as Sonarwa General Insurance ltd, Akagera Aviation and Kinazi Cassava Plant (KCP). Mrs Marie-Ange holds a MBA degree in Project Management under the Programme of Maastricht School of Management ( MSM), Netherlands.
BIKOMO Alfred is currently a Southern Province staff, Director of Districts Economic Development Programs, a position he occupies from March 2007. His responsibilities includes among others Supervise Economic Development Strategies & Programs in Province, Supervise and provide technical guidance to programs and projects in Districts, Monitor and evaluate the implementation of projects intervening in the development of rural areas of Province and provide periodic reports on their performance, Design project proposals and look for funds for establishment of projects to facilitate the implementation of the Province’s Rural development programs, assess the potentials for economic sector development, identify gaps, as well as future expansion, and advice on appropriate interventions, follow the implementation of industry, SMEs & cooperatives promotion policies and provide technical advice, provide technical advice and guidance to District on housing matters, infrastructures management and development, monitor the implementation of development projects in the Province and coordinate all districts programs related to economic development, infrastructures Development, water and sanitation, and employment promotion. Prior joining the Southern Province, Alfred worked with GTZ/SASS as Director of development Unit in former Karaba District, Gikongoro Prefecture for about one year. Alfred holds a Master of Development studies with background in Economics. He conducted various training including professional development training and seminars in countries and abroad (Kenya, Sweden, South Korea and China).
Jonas Munyurangabo is an economist, founding, and board member of the Economic Policy Research Network (EPRN). He is currently a cabinet appointed Director-General of Planning, Monitoring, and Evaluation at the Ministry of Trade and Industry in January 2018 after a three years career as a coordinator of the Private Sector Development and Youth Employment Sector Working Group (PSDYE) at the same ministry. PSDYE is a forum established for better implementation of the National Leading Economic Development Strategy by building synergies in policy formulation, implementation, and enhance regular reviews and providing a forum for dialogue, ownership, and accountability by all stakeholders at the sector level. Mr. Munyurangabo served at the same Ministry through TradeMark East Africa as a Trade economist (2012-2014) and acquired proven experience in the areas of international economic development, trade, entrepreneurship and employment, Agri-business, value chain analysis, strategic planning, and private sector development. Mr. Munyurangabo contributed significantly to the formulation of Rwanda’s economic policies and strategies, including the recently adopted, just to name few: The seven years Private Sector Development and Youth Employment Strategy, Made in Rwanda Policy and Entrepreneurship Development Policy. He has developed technical capabilities in research and policy analysis in which he has conducted a number of reviews and studies to inform policy formulation such as trade and industry sector reviews; Rwanda agricultural markets, private sector development, supply, and competitiveness; market prioritization for export promotion; the potential impact of EAC-COMESA-SADC Tripartite Free Trade Area on Rwanda. EAC rules of origin and analytical study on EAC sensitive products. Before joining the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Munyurangabo worked as a Research Assistant at the Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) former Rwanda Agricultural Research Institute of Rwanda (ISAR) and the National University of Rwanda Consultancy Bureau. Mr. Munyurangabo graduated as a development economist from the National University of Rwanda (2008-2011), and from 2012 to 2014, He attained a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy from Mount Kenya University. He gained an intensive professional courses through various training by the World Trade Organisation, United Nations Conference on Trade and Development and the African Institute for Economic and Development Planning in the areas of Structural Transformation and Industrial Policy, Trade Policy, and Trade in Services, the Role of Public Policy in Private Sector Development, Policy Development and Coordination, Industrialization through trade and the role of e-commerce in economic development.
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