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Create African Wealth under the AfCFTA.

The Golden Business Forum serves as a catalyst for business development in Africa and beyond, providing a platform for sustainable and innovative solutions to ongoing economic challenges affecting the growth of the African continent.
16 – 18 August 2023 | Kigali Conference & Exhibition Village (KCEV), Rwanda
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B2B Opportunities

Investment Showcasing & Matchmaking

GBF provides a platform for businesses in Rwanda to showcase their investment potential to international investors. Through structured matchmaking sessions, the event facilitates meaningful connections and partnerships between businesses and investors, creating opportunities for foreign direct investment and economic growth.

Knowledge Sharing & Expertise Exchange

The event fosters a collaborative environment where businesses can learn from the expertise and experiences of international investors. Panel discussions, workshops, and presentations enable the exchange of industry knowledge, best practices, and innovative ideas, empowering businesses to enhance their operational efficiency, product development, and market expansion strategies.

Networking & Partnership Building

The B2B event serves as a networking hub, bringing together entrepreneurs, industry experts, government officials, and investors. Networking sessions, business forums, and social events create a conducive atmosphere for building valuable connections and collaborations. By fostering partnerships, joint ventures, and technology transfers, the event strengthens the business ecosystem in Rwanda and promotes collective growth and success.

Featured Speakers

Deputy Chairperson, African Union Commission

H.E. Monique Nsanzabaganwa, Ph.D.

H.E. Dr. Monique Nsanzabaganwa is the Deputy Chairperson (DCP) for the African Union Commission. She is in charge of Administration and Finance and assists the Chairperson in the execution of his functions to ensure the smooth running of the Commission, and acts as the Chairperson in his absence.

Dr. Nsanzabaganwa holds a Ph.D. in Economics, and Honorary Doctorate of Commerce, University of Stellenbosch. She has over twenty years’ experience developing and leading programs that drive financial inclusion and economic prosperity. Prior to her election she held senior positions in the Government of the Republic of Rwanda including Minister of State in charge of Economic
Planning, Minister of Trade and Industry and Deputy Governor of the Central Bank. Dr. Nsanzabaganwa has supported various Gender Empowerment initiatives through her memberships in the Alliance for Financial Inclusion Gender committee, Women’s World Banking African Advisory Council, the Graça Machel Trust Expert Group on women’s financial inclusion and the digital economy in Africa, New Faces New Voices Rwanda chapter, Unity Club amongst others.

Dr. Nsanzabaganwa was elected by the 34th African Union Assembly for a four-year term renewable once. She is the first woman to hold the position of Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission.

Minister of Trade and Industry, Ministry of Trade and Industry of Rwanda

Prof. Jean Chrysostome Ngabitsinze

Prof. Jean-Chrysostome Ngabitsinze  is the minister of Trade and Industry since July 30th, 2022. Before this, he was the Minister of State in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources since March 9, 2020, a position he was appointed to after being a Member of Parliament chairing the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in 2018.

Previously, he was a Senior Lecturer at the University of Rwanda for over 10 years, where he taught agricultural economics and agribusiness among other courses, and from December 2018, he was promoted to Associate Professor.

Professor Ngabitsinze has a Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from the Doctoral School of Technological Innovation in Agri-food and Environmental Sciences from Milan State University, a Master’s degree in Economics from Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, and a Bachelor’s degree in Business Economics from Ca’ Foscari University of Venice in Italy.

Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources, Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources of Rwanda

Dr. Ildephonse Musafiri

Dr. Ildephonse Musafiri is the Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources in Rwanda since March 2023, prior to that he was the Minister of State for the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources. Over the past 6 years, Dr. Musafiri was the Executive Director of the Strategy and Policy Council (SPC) in the Office of the President of the Republic of Rwanda.

Formerly a member of the board of directors of the National Bank of Rwanda for four years from 2018, he is also an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics, where he previously served as Lecturer and Head of the Economics Department.

Minister of ICT and Innovation of the Republic of Rwanda

Hon. Paula Ingabire

Paula Ingabire is a Rwandan technology enthusiast, who currently serves as the Minister of ICT and Innovation in the Government of Rwanda. Prior to her appointment as Minister, she served as Head of the ICT Business Development Department at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) where she led the implementation of National ICT programs notably eGovernment and Cyber Security; as well as the coordinator of the Kigali Innovation City Project, a flagship program of the Government designed to nurture and strengthen a Pan-African Innovation eco-system in Rwanda.


Minister Ingabire coordinated the creation of Smart Africa, an initiative that seeks to leverage broadband infrastructure as a driver for Africa’s socio- economic growth.


A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering & Sloan School of Management, in the System Design and Management program and holds a BS in Computer Engineering and Information Technology from the University of Rwanda; Paula was named in 2019 by Apolitical among the Top 20 of the World’s 100 most influential people in digital government. She serves on the Global Council of the World Summit Award Board of Directors, World Economic Forum Cyber Security Board, the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Global Network Advisory Board and the WEF Board of Trustees. In January 2021, Paula Ingabire has been named founding board member of the EDISON Alliance.

Paula Ingabire is a Rwandan technology enthusiast, who currently serves as the Minister of ICT and Innovation in the Government of Rwanda. Prior to her appointment as Minister, she served as Head of the ICT Business Development Department at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) where she led the implementation of National ICT programs notably eGovernment and Cyber Security; as well as the coordinator of the Kigali Innovation City Project, a flagship program of the Government designed to nurture and strengthen a Pan-African Innovation eco-system in Rwanda.


Minister Ingabire coordinated the creation of Smart Africa, an initiative that seeks to leverage broadband infrastructure as a driver for Africa’s socio- economic growth.


A graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s School of Engineering & Sloan School of Management, in the System Design and Management program and holds a BS in Computer Engineering and Information Technology from the University of Rwanda; Paula was named in 2019 by Apolitical among the Top 20 of the World’s 100 most influential people in digital government. She serves on the Global Council of the World Summit Award Board of Directors, World Economic Forum Cyber Security Board, the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution Global Network Advisory Board and the WEF Board of Trustees. In January 2021, Paula Ingabire has been named founding board member of the EDISON Alliance.

Minister of Education in Rwanda

Dr. Valentine Uwimana

Dr. Valentine Uwamariya is the Minister of Education in Rwanda since 28th February 2020. Before joining the Ministry, she was the Deputy Vice Chancellor in Charge of Trainings, Institutional Development and Research at Rwanda Polytechnic (RP). She was responsible for providing science and technology based technical and vocational training which enable the beneficiaries to create jobs for personal development. She is passionate to promote research and technology and disseminate their findings to foster national development.

Dr Valentine holds a B.Sc. in Chemistry from former National University of Rwanda (NUR). In 2005, she got her Msc degree in Chemistry from Witwatersrand University (Johannesburg-South Africa). In 2013, she obtained her PhD from UNESCO-IHE and Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) in Environmental engineering and Water technology. Dr Valentine has been involved in teaching/research for 19 years at University, and served as Dean of the School of Science at the College of Science and Technology (University of Rwanda).

Besides being a Senior lecturer and a researcher at UR, Dr Valentine has held other important responsibilities in the Rwandan Society and sat on Boards of regional and local organisations.

CEO, Rwanda Development Board

Claire Akamanzi

Ms. Clare Akamanzi is an International Trade and Investment Lawyer, who is currently the CEO of the Rwanda Development Board and a Cabinet Member. She has served the Government of Rwanda in several senior positions for the last 15 years.
Ms. Akamanzi is a Harvard Kennedy School MPA alum, and also holds an LLM (International Trade and Investment) from the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

She was a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was named one of Africa’s Top 50 Powerful Women by Forbes in 2020. In early 2020, Ms. Akamanzi was appointed as a Founding Board Member of the World Health Organization Foundation (WHO-F). She was also recently appointed as an advisory board member of the Global Innovation Index (GII).

Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Entreprise Mubiligi Paul (E.M.P) Ltd & the Acting Chairperson of the Private Sector Federation of Rwanda

Jeanne Francoise Mubiligi

A multi-lingual professional with a strong educational background and practical training in Leadership, International Business, Operations Management and Business negotiations.


Jeanne Francoise has gained significant expertise in initiating, developing and implementing businesses and Investment with economic and shareholding impact. She is a member and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of a family business known as “Entreprise Mubiligi Paul (E.M.P Ltd)”, one of the leading construction company in Rwanda. She has been at the forefront of the business growth through securing new projects, providing leadership to existing projects, spearheading the business expansion and diversification toward revenues growth for the last couple of years.

In addition, Jeanne Francoise is leading the IFA Group (Investissement pour le Futur Africain), a holding company doing business and investment in the sector of mining specifically Gold Mining. The Holding is operating in Centre Afrique Republic, Rwanda and soon in other countries in Africa.


Jeanne Francoise is currently the Acting Chairperson of the Private Sector Federation of Rwanda. The Private Sector Federation – Rwanda (PSF) is a member based and professional organization, with around 222,000 members grouped in 5 clusters namely Agriculture Cluster, Industry Cluster, Trade Cluster and Specialized Cluster that groups women entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs with disability. She is focusing on the business growth, regular and proactive advocacy for a conducive business environment in Rwanda.


Prior to this, Jeanne Francoise was the Chairperson of the Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs in Rwanda. During her tenure, the Chamber has been able to facilitate women to easily access new and bigger businesses, member business growth, business advisory to members leading to business restructuring in order to overcome challenges caused by the COVID 19. She initiated the business clinic under the chamber, forged partnerships through the region and also advocated for women owned businesses to access the economic recovery fund.

Jeanne Francoise has a wider experience of working with Private sector, public institutions, regional and international companies, development partners such as World Bank, German cooperation, and the civil society.

Jeanne Francoise is serving and has served in different Board and advisory positions of different organizations, such as Private Sector Federation (PSF), Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs, Agaciro Development Fund, Tri-seeds co Ltd and SOS Rwanda.

Jeanne Francoise holds a Master’s Degree in International Business and Development from the University of Neuchatel in Switzerland obtained in 2007. She is fluent in English, French, and Kinyarwanda.


Chief Executive Officer, Algorithm Inc & Vice Chairperson of Rwanda Private Sector Federation

Aimable Kimenyi

A multi-lingual professional with a strong educational background and practical training in Mathematics, Economics, Computer science, and Operations Management.

Aimable Kimenyi has gained significant expertise in initiating, developing and
implementing software system solutions and Investment in education. He is the founder and Chief Executive Office of a software company knows as “Algorithm Inc.”, one of the leading software companies in Rwanda. He has been at the forefront of the business growth through securing new projects, providing leadership to existing projects, spearheading the business expansion and diversification toward revenues growth for the last couple of years.
In addition, Aimable Kimenyi, is also a co-founder of Nine Ten Innovation Capital, a company with goals to hunt the 1% brightest mind of Africa and turn them into successful engineers or entrepreneurs.Aimable Kimenyi is currently the Vice Chairperson of the Private Sector Federation of
Rwanda. The Private Sector Federation – Rwanda (PSF) is a member based and professional organization, with around 222,000 members grouped in 5 clusters namely Agriculture Cluster, Industry Cluster, Trade Cluster and Specialized Cluster that groups women entrepreneurs, young entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs with disability. He is focusing on the business growth, innovation, and proactive on automation for conducive business environment in Rwanda. Prior to this, Aimable Kimenyi was the President of the Rwanda Software Developer and Application association in the Private Sector Federation. Aimable Kimenyi has participated actively in automating taxes and health care systems in different African countries, he has wider experience of working with Private sector, public institutions, regional and international companies, development partners.
Aimable Kimenyi holds a eBachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and computer science from the University of Montreal. He is fluent in English, French, and Kinyarwanda.


CEO, Rwanda Private Sector Federation

Stephen Ruzibiza

Extensive experience and demonstrated achievements tied to private sector growth, business environment reforms and promotion of trade and investment in Rwanda.

Regional Vice President – Africa, AICPA© and CIMA©

Tariro Mutizwa

Tariro Mutizwa’s Regional Vice President – Africa of the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants (AICPA© and CIMA©) is the largest accountancy body in the world, with over 695,000 members in 195 countries. CIMA was founded in 1919 and operates in over 190 different countries. Her career spans over 19 years, with a track record of successful leadership and management roles.

The greater part of her career was within consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers where she was responsible for business development, client relationship management and overseeing the delivery of contracted work. She also worked for Anglo American and Hudaco Industries in audit and risk management roles. At Hudaco Industries she was leading the risk management and audit function and made significant contributions to strategic risk management and corporate governance.

Tariro’s experience has made her a seasoned strategic and innovative thinker and leader who thrives finding economical, efficient, and effective ways to doing business whilst contributing to long term sustainability and profitability of the greater environment.

Tariro is a ACMA, CGMA, Chartered Accountant (SA) (Z) and is an MBA graduate from Oxford Brookes University. She believes in the future of the accounting profession as a driver of business sustainable growth and economic development. She is passionate in the continuous relevance of the profession for members, students and all the relevant stakeholders for continuous learning and success.


COO, Matekane Group of Companies

Matekane Mamotake

Mamotake has proven herself a pioneer in corporate governance. Her diligence and focus in her role as an executive in a multi-sectoral company has seen her branch out to head up three operational companies. This has added to her allure; a reliable and vibrant contributor to any project she undertakes.

Her foundation, The Lady M Foundation, has contributed vastly to women and girl empowerment in Lesotho. This is testament to her love for volunteering and dedication to uplifting her fellow women.

As both a Mosotho and South Africa woman, she has been very strong and developing her skills in corporate governance. She gained her accolades in the Republic of South Africa, from high school through to her tertiary education. She took up a degree in Accounting from both the University of Free State and the University of South Africa. She went further to improve her functionality in industry by taking up Project Management Concepts and the Managerial Process, Quality Management for  Airlines and Fundamentals of Aviation Certificate.

As a well-rounded entrepreneur, her diversified portfolio allows her the benefit of entering into any industry with an assurance of her capability. She sits on numerous boards in institutions around Lesotho and South Africa. To name a few, Lesotho National Development Corporation, Verve Dynamics Incorporated (Pty) Ltd, LESANA Holdings, Selemo Capital, Mergence Group Sub-Sahara Africa, MGC and others.

She is also a Deputy Chairperson at Phenomenal Women South Lesotho and sit on the board of Phenomenal Women South Africa. She has worked in industries such as aviation, mining, pharmaceutical, hospitality, business development and makes a well round business executive.

Currently she holds the following positions, CEO at Organica Global Brand, COO at MGC, Executive Director at Selemo Capital, Head of Business Development at Mergence Group Sub-Sahara Africa. She has over 10 years experience in Corporate Communication and Marketing.


Country Representative, UNICEF Rwanda

Julianna Lindsey

Ms. Julianna Lindsey serves as UNICEF’s Country Representative to Rwanda, having previously been Representative to Botswana and to SADC.  Ms. Lindsey, a national of the United States of America, has worked with UNICEF since 1998, including as Chief of Advocacy, Communications, Monitoring, and Analysis based in Ghana (2008-2012) and as Deputy Representative in South Africa (2005-2008).   She has also worked for UNICEF in the Emergency Operations Division of Headquarters (2003-2005); in Khartoum, Sudan (1998-1999); and as part of Operation Lifeline Sudan based from Lokichokkio and Nairobi, Kenya (1999-2003).

In addition, Ms. Lindsey has served as Vice President for Programmes at Women for Women International (WfWI), based in Washington D.C., USA (2013-2015).  Ms. Lindsey also worked for the International Rescue Committee in Khartoum, Sudan (1997-1998) and for the German Bundestag (1992-1994).  She volunteered as a human rights observer with the Communities of Population in Resistance in Guatemala in 1995.

Ms. Lindsey holds a BA degree from Davidson College, a Masters from Georgetown University, and a Masters from the School of Advanced International Study at Johns Hopkins University.  She speaks English, German, and basic Spanish.


Marie Louise NDOYE

After 25 years of career in the biggest multinationals compagnies in the logistics and transport sector in Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon and Senegal.

We decided to create WIN LOGISTICS in 2018 which is an African Freight Forwarder based on a network of African companies based all other the world (in Europe, Asia, USA, Middle East and Africa).

Indeed, most freight forwarders based in Africa are subsidiaries of foreign companies. The freight forwarder is a commercial intermediary, an organizer of transport of goods from one place to another, according to the modes and means of his choice in agreement with his agent.

He also has an advisory role with his client to help him better manage and reduce his costs by proposing the most appropriate scheme.

We decided to stand out by offering individual solutions for our customers by being their partner in order to better support them and allow them to focus on their business.

WIN LOGISTICS is specialized in project management, we support our customers from their installation in Senegal to the start and realization of the project.

We offer a personalized service :

– A global and integrated network, for a local approach;

– Competitive and adapted pricing;

– Relations with the main carriers on the 5 continents.

– Proven experience.

– An extensive range of services : Sea, air, land, transit and warehousing.

– A single commercial contact, for all your requests.

We deliver your cargo where, when and how you wish.

Chairman, CMA Investment Holdings & Co-founder of the ABN Group

Rakesh Wahi

Mr. Rakesh Wahi is a visionary entrepreneur who has been involved with early stage investments in emerging markets for the last 34years. He is Chairman of CMA Investment Holdings that has representation through its
portfolio companies in over 20 countries.

Mr. Wahi is the co-founder of the ABN Group that includes CNBC Africa, Forbes Africa and ABN Productions. He is also the co-founder of
Trans National Academic Group that owns Curtin University Dubai, Lancaster University Ghana, TAG Middle East and ABN Training Institute. He is also the co-founder of Tech One Global which is one of Asia’s most awarded IT Company that is a technology solutions integrator.

Prior to moving to the UAE in 1988/89, Mr. Wahi served with the Corps of Engineers in the Indian Army for about 9 years; and for distinguished services to the country in peacetime, was awarded the Vishisht Seva Medal (“VSM”) by the President of India in 1985. Mr. Wahi was also part of India’s scientific expedition to the Antarctica where he established India’s second base in 1987/88.

Mr. Wahi was educated at the Doon School in India and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree (National Defence Academy 1979) and a Bachelor of Technology degree in Civil Engineering (College of Military Engineering 1986) from the Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi. Mr. Wahi is a Member of the Institute of Engineers, Calcutta, India and a Fellow Member of the Australian Institute of Management. Mr. Wahi was awarded with an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Science from the International University of
Management by the Minister of Education of Namibia in October 2012.

Mr. Wahi has been honored by various stock exchanges to ring the bell including the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (2014 & 2017), the Nigerian Stock Exchange and the Zambian Stock Exchange.

Mr. Wahi is the founder of the Africa Business Leaders Awards, the Person of the Year Award, Forbes Woman of the Year Award and the African of the Year Award that are held across Sub Sahara Africa. In its 11th year, the awards recognize outstanding leadership across different disciplines. Some of the most renowned names in Africa are the recipient of these awards.

Mr. Wahi is founder of the ABN Education Trust in South Africa and the TAG Foundation in Ghana to finance the education of children from previously disadvantaged families in Africa. The Trust also contributes to other causes including orphanages and destitute women in Africa. His philanthropic activities extend to India where the family has made contributions to primary education in villages, electrification of villages and bursaries for young women at a vocational center in Dehradun and bursaries for school children at several institutions.

Mr. Wahi is a keen golfer and the founder of the CNBC Africa Corporate Golf Challenge, a prestigious golf tournament hosted annually by him for top corporates in South Africa the proceeds of which go towards charity.
In March 2013, as part of a team building exercise, Mr. Wahi led a team of 15 members from his company to the top of Kilimanjaro, the world’s highest free standing mountain. 100% of the team made it to the top. In April 2015 Mr. Wahi took a team from his company to climb the Everest Base Camp when the earthquake struck; Mr. Wahi brought them all back safely to Dubai.
In Nov 2016 Mr. Wahi published his memoirs through an autobiography titled “Be a Lion” that was published by Penguin South Africa. The book is available via Amazon or

Member of the Institute of Directors Zimbabwe (IoDZ), and Board member and Deputy Chairperson of the Farmers Development Trust of Zimbabwe

Francis Macheka

Francis Macheka has over 20 years in General Management and Executive Directorship roles. He is a Banking and Agricultural Development expert with a proven record of business leadership in commercial and agricultural banking, strategy and financial inclusion. He is a full member of the Institute of Directors Zimbabwe (IoDZ), a Board member and Deputy Chairperson of the Farmers Development Trust of Zimbabwe.

Mr Macheka holds a Master’s degree in Business Leadership from the University of South Africa, having qualified with a Bachelor of Science Agriculture (Hons) degree with the University of Zimbabwe. He holds a higher diploma in marketing (LCCI UK), a Higher Certificate in Business Management (IAC Southern Africa), an Advanced Diploma in Bank Credit Management and a Diploma in Credit Management both from the Damelin School of Banking in South Africa. Mr. Macheka has also attended the Leadership and Management Skills Development program with DFRC in Namibia (2017), Business Leadership Training in Nairobi Kenya (2008).  He has also contributed to several panel and expert forums, including an esteemed paper on NPL Analysis and Strategies which he presented at the SADC DFCR CEO’s forum (2014).

Mr. Macheka joined the then Agricultural Bank of Zimbabwe as an Executive Director: Banking and Agricultural Development in 2007, a position that he held until his elevation to the position of Group Chief Executive Officer of AFC Holdings. He is the inaugural GCEO of the AFC Holdings having been tasked to set it up by Government in 2021. Before Joining Agribank, Mr. Macheka was with Syfrets Corporate and Merchant Bank (A subsidiary of ZB Bank) as the General Manager Agribusiness.

Mr Macheka is an astute golfer, who outside of his busy schedule with AFC Holdings, enjoys a good game of golf with his friends.

Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Finance Limited

Nick Barigye

Mr. Nick Barigye is a finance and investments professional with a track record of managing successful companies in Africa.

Prior to joining Rwanda Finance, Nick was the Managing Partner of Karisimbi Business Partners, an Africa-focused investment and advisory firm. From 2008 to 2014, he was a Senior Executive at Crystal Ventures, the largest investment company in Rwanda.

United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, Sub-regional Office for Eastern Africa

Mama Keita

Mama Keita has worked in the field of development economics for over 20 years. Before her employment at ECA, which began in 2011 as Economic Affairs Officer, Ms. Keita held positions as Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister of Guinea and Poverty Economist at the World Bank in Burkina Faso.

She has assumed various academic roles, notably as a lecturer in public economics and development economics in Canada, and conducted various consultancies for organizations such as AfDB, UNDP, and the EU. She has also carried out several research studies and publications in the development field. She holds a Masters’s in Statistics and Applied Economics from ENSEA in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, and a PhD. in economics from the University of Montreal, Canada.

Associate Professor & Director of Industry Cooperation, Institute of Health and wellbeing at Federation University Australia

Prof. Mimmie Watts

Professor Mimmie Watts is an Associate Professor, and the Director, Industry Cooperation, Institute of Health and wellbeing, Federation University Australia. Professor  has some twenty years’ experience in the health and higher education sectors, with 18 years primarily in the University sector

Professor Watts has a track record in leadership and governance, strategic engagement, with extensive board  experience as a non-Executive director on statutory boards.

Prof Watts is a council member of the African Science Research Innovation Council (ASRIC), African Union Commission and the ASRIC Chair, Australia Chapter. Professor Watts is on the Policy Committee of the World Federation of Public Health Associations, and the WHO PET working group.

Professor Watts has a PhD in Public Health from La Trobe University, and a Master of Public Health from the University of Melbourne, Australia. She trained as RN, prior to that she studied natural/pure sciences.

Prof Watts completed the Emerging Executive Women in Health Leadership Program at Harvard University, USA.

Professor Watts currently serves on the Boards of Queen Elizabeth Centre – Public Hospital; the VAKA Health Foundation, etc., in Australia.

She served as a Commissioner, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Australia, the peak advisory body on Multiculturism to the State Government.

Professor Watts leads the Master of Health Leadership and the Master of Health Services Management, that she also lectures into, at Federation University, Australia.

Professor Watts is a frequent Guest and keynote speaker at national and international events.

Assoc Professor Watts is the author of ‘Sahara Piercing the Thatch Ceiling’ and other refereed journal articles, with great impact. One of her most impactful and Cited  works is on Early Motherhood, BMC Public Health 10.1186/s12889-015-2215-2.

Africa Head, UN Global Compact, Abuja, Nigeria

Dr Hervé Lado

Dr Hervé LADO is the Head of the Africa Hub of the United Nations Global Compact, in Abuja, Nigeria. Prior to this, Hervé led the West and Central Africa portfolio of an international think-tank, supporting African governments and civil society organizations in the responsible management of their mining, oil and gas resources, and based in Dakar. Before that, Hervé intensively researched on the contribution of oil companies to sustainable development in Nigeria and served as environmental and societal team lead for a major hydroelectric power plant project in Cameroon. Previously, Hervé advised for several years businesses in their expansion in Central Africa, working with the French economic diplomacy network in Africa. Hervé is professor of economics, corporate social responsibility and business ethics and has authored several publications on the role of business in sustainable development in Africa.

Managing Director / CEO – Bakhresa Grain Milling Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa

Mounir Bakhressa

Mr. Mounir is an accomplished professional with a proven success record of over 20 years in Top MNC companies and Grain Processing Industries at various levels from Executive to Managing Director / CEO.
In 2009 he Joined in the family business of Bakhresa Group and was appointed as the Managing Director / CEO of Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa.
In 2016, he additionally assumed the role of Technical Director for the entire Bakhresa Group looking after the Technical, Milling Issues and Project in all the over 10 countries where Bakhresa Group is operating.
Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation under the Office of the President & Senior Presidential Advisor on Epidemic in Uganda

Dr. Monica Musenero Masanza

Dr. Monica Musenero is a diversely trained and skilled Consultant and Scientist with extensive national and international experience. She has previously worked with Makerere University as an Assistant Lecturer, the Uganda Ministry of Health as the Assistant Commissioner, Epidemiology and Surveillance, and Principal Program Officer with Africa Field Epidemiology Network (AFENET). She spent 3 years as Field Coordinator with the World Health Organization in Sierra Leone, as one of the experts who played key roles and was internationally acclaimed for the expertise and heroic efforts in bringing the West Africa Ebola outbreak under control, which earned her formal recognition by both the Sierra Leonean and Uganda governments. In Uganda, she has been at the frontline of the design and implementation of the highly successful Epidemic preparedness and Response system and was key in response to all the Ebola and Marburg outbreaks in the country since 2007.

Dr. Musenero did her graduate studies at Cornell University, Ithaca, USA where she obtained an MS Science (majoring in Microbiology, with Immunology and Molecular Biology and research on Vaccine development). She went on to obtain a Master’s in Public Health from Makerere University, specializing in Field Epidemiology.  Monica has been a central figure in making the One Health movement a reality in Uganda and the African region. She introduced the first multi-sectoral and multidisciplinary team including Anthropologists and Sociologists, creating interventions that drastically contained Plague outbreaks in the country. She has served as Technical Advisor for the USAID funded One Health Work Force Program.

Dr. Musenero is currently the Minsiter of Science, Technology and Innovation under the Office of the President, Senior Presidential Advisor on Epidemics and and one of the key players in Uganda’s response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Chief Executive Officer of Development Bank of Rwanda Plc

Ms. Kampeta Pitchette SAYINZOGA

Kampeta has 16 years of progressive professional experience as an international development practitioner in both public and private institutions within Rwanda and the East African Region focusing on designing and implementing reforms.

She is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Development Bank of Rwanda Plc. Development Bank of Rwanda Plc (BRD). As a public institution, BRD’s financial development objectives is focused on providing private capital to the private sector in priority sectors of the economy (i.e., Agriculture, Education, Energy, Exports, Housing, climate change and Special Projects). Its aim is to be the driver of private sector lending and de-risking instruments and be the main financier of medium- and long-term private investment.

For more than four decades, BRD has been the sole provider of long-term concessional finance to the private sector and financial institutions and has facilitated the emergence of innovative private enterprises in priority sectors. Prior to joining the Bank, she was the Director General of the National Industrial Research and Development Agency under the Ministry of Trade and Industry. She served in the Ministry ofFinance and Economic Planning for over a decade including 6 years as the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury.

Kampeta has also served on the Board of Directors of diverse institutions such as PTA/TDB Bank, the East African Development Bank, Rwanda Eurobond Committee, GT Bank, the National Capacity Building Secretariat, and Rwanda Revenue Authority. She currently serves on the Executive Committee of Rwanda Bankers Association and Economic Policy Research Network She holds a Master’s degree in Economic Development and Policy Analysis from University of Nottingham in the United Kingdom.


Faustin K. Mbundu

Faustin K. Mbundu holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) degree from Makerere University Kampala. After completing his studies, he joined Kananura Enterprises Ltd a family run business as an Executive Director. The Company was an importexport and real estate investment company in Kampala –Uganda.
Mr. Faustin K. Mbundu is one of East Africa’s most celebrated entrepreneurs and accomplished private sector leaders. He currently owns and runs the MFK Group Ltd, an investment company with a diversified portfolio of investments which include but not limited to; Gorilland Safaris Ltd and its subsidiary Limoz Rwanda which provide car rental and transportation/logistics services, Goritech which provides auto repair and mantainace services, CAFERWA Ltd which exports Rwandan Coffee, Garden Fresh which exports horticulture products, ANKO Properties a real estate investment/development company, MK Consult which provides business advisory, financial services and project management and MFK Investment that holds equity in a number of other companies involved in diverse economic sectors, includinGranging from Information Technology, Tourism, Education, Animal Feed and Dairy Processing.
Mr. Mbundu has previously served on a number of Boards, including being the Chairperson of the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF), as well as the East African Business Council (EABC), the Vice-Chairman of the Rwanda Fine Coffee Association and a Board member at the Kenya Commercial Bank (KCB) Rwanda Ltd. He is the current Chairman Green Hills Academy, Chairman of MTN Rwandacell Plc, and also Chairperson of the Kigali International Arbitration Centre (KIAC). He is also a Director at the East African Development Bank (EADB), Chairman of African Leadership University (Rwanda), and he is the Hungary Honorary Consul in Rwanda.
Founder & CEO, DAKU (PTY) Ltd

Xoliswa Daku

Successful business leadership, legal passion and corporate governance specialist – these are some of the attributes that one can use to describe the property mogul that is Xoliswa Daku. She is the Founder and CEO of DAKU (PTY) Ltd, a 20-year-old privately held entity with subsidiaries in property, law and energy.

Daku Properties focuses on property development, facilities, and asset management. Her property development vision is to develop corridors of excellence, turn small towns into economic hubs, and redevelop underutilized properties. Whilst Daku Legal focusses on mergers and acquisitions and Daku Energy specializes on investment in energy efficiency and development.

She is an astute lawyer with 26 years of experience, Chair of SEDA and Deputy Chair of the University of the Western Cape, holding LLM, EMBA, and various international post grad business diploma in her bag. Daku has served on various boards for the past 26 years specializing on governance, institutional framework, FDI, trade and industry. Her company footprint is nationwide and carries an international flavor. She has worked with multinationals globally, seeking opportunities for the growth of the country. Her generosity and community development approach describes where she comes from.

Chief Executive Officer, Beed Management

Sujeev Shakya

Sujeev Shakya is CEO of Beed Management, a Nepal based international management consulting and advisory firm and operating in Rwanda since 2012. He brings across over three decades of diverse experience with business and international organizations. He Chairs the Nepal Economic Forum a private sector led thinktank and is also the Senior Advisor for Bower Group Asia, as US based strategic consulting firm. He writes and speaks extensively on business, economy and development. He is Chartered Accountant with a Diploma in International Marketing from Boston University, US and Certificate of Coaching from Columbia University, US.

Executive Director/ CEO, EABC

John Bosco Kalisa

Mr. Kalisa is an economist by profession specialized in Econometrics, Trade policy, Investment Promotion and Private Sector Development and Taxation related issues. He holds a Master’s Degree in Commerce with Economics from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from the National University of Rwanda.

He has an in-depth understanding of the regional economic communities and has participated fully in negotiations of international, continental, and regional agreements.

Mr. John Bosco Kalisa has experience in private sector development and competitiveness having previously served as the Country Director of South Sudan for TradeMark East Africa (TMEA). He has also worked with the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF-Rwanda) and Rwanda Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.

He has global connections with leading international development partners such as USAID, Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) African Development Bank and the World Bank.

As the EABC CEO/ Executive Director, Mr. KALISA steers the high-level policy advocacy at the EAC Heads of State and Ministerial level to push forward the EABC’s vision and mission of a borderless East Africa for increased business and investment.

Advisor to VP Private Sector, Infrastructure & Industrialization, African Development Bank Group (AfDB)


Samuel is Advisor to the Vice President Private Sector, Infrastructure & Industrialization, on private sector mobilization, strategic partnerships & innovations, at the African Development Bank Group. He joined the AfDB, in 2020 as Director Syndications, Co-Financing and Client Solutions Department, and has over 25 years’ banking and development finance experience across Africa, covering origination, syndication, execution of structured deals, and funds mobilization.

Prior to joining the AfDB, he established the syndication & distribution functions at the Eastern and Southern Trade and Development Bank (TDB) in Nairobi Kenya, and the African Export and Import Bank (Afreximbank), in Cairo Egypt, where he led, structured and executed over $10bn in development finance syndicated transactions.

He has over 8 years’ oil and gas industry experience in contracting, business strategy, mergers, acquisitions and divestments, with Royal Dutch Shell Oil Products Africa.

He is an independent director with Beyond Capital Fund, an evergreen impact investment fund that invests in seed-stage, for-profit social enterprises serving low-income communities in India and East Africa, and an Advisor to Beyond Capital Ventures, a fund that invests in scaling up early-stage businesses primarily in healthcare, financial services, and agriculture.

Country Manager for Rwanda, African Development Bank Group (AfDB)


Aissa TOURE SARR, AfDB-Country Manager for Rwanda is an economist and
development expert. A Senegalese national with over 27 years of experience,
working in three continents and 13 countries for 6 international organizations.

As the Country Manager of African Development Bank in Rwanda, Aissa
coordinates the delivery of a portfolio of USD 1.5 billion made of 26
projects and programs. Aissa has strengthened and fostered the excellent
relations between the Bank and the Government of Rwanda which led to
her nomination as the co-chair of Development Partners Group.

Aissa’s work experience convers rural development, particularly agriculture,
rural economics and climate adaptation and mitigation, among others. She
possesses a solid set of skills in strategic management, institutional
representation and partnership management at country, regional and
global levels.

Prior of joining the AfDB in March 2021, Aissa worked as Country Director
for Burundi (IFAD – July 2018 – February 2021) and Country Program
Manager for Togo, Guinea Bissau and Equatorial Guinea (2011-2016) and
was later appointed as Program Manager for India and Nepal for the same
organization (2016-2018).

Prior to joining the UN system, Aissa worked as Country Representative,
Water Aid (2003-2007) and as Deputy Director for West Africa, Oxfam
America (2007-2009). She was with Sahara and Sahel Observatory-OSS, as
Research for Development Program Coordinator from 2009 to 2010, from
2009 to 2011, she worked as consultant, focusing mainly on climate change
and financing, as well as monitoring and evaluation of projects.

Aissa was a member of the writing teams for the IPCC Fifth Assessment
Report (AR5) as Lead Author to the Working Groups II.

Aissa holds a post-graduate degree (D.E.S.S) in Rural Sector, Enterprise
Development and Food Processing Project Management (1993), a Master’s
in Economics and Project Financing Engineering (1992), a BSc, in Economics
and Project Financing Engineering (1991), and Bachelor’s Degree in Rural
Economy (1990), all from University of Montpellier I, France

Deputy Country Director & Senior Advisor, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, Kigali - Rwanda

Tony Nsanganira

Mr Tony Nsanganira has been since May 2021 Deputy Country Director and Senior Advisor at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change (TBI) in Rwanda. His main role is to support and advise the Government of Rwanda on strengthening the competitiveness of key economic sectors and on strengthening delivery for presidential priorities.

Prior to joining TBI, Mr. Nsanganira led for four years the Youth in Agri-food Systems Programme at the Regional Office for Africa of the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) in Accra/Ghana. His main role was to support the designing and implementation of policies and programmes aimed at creating employment opportunities for the youth in FAO member countries, as well as the mainstreaming of youth into the other FAO policies and programmes, all aimed at ending hunger and poverty on the continent. Mr. Nsanganira also supervised the designing process of a Digital Innovation Strategy in Agri-food Systems for FAO in the African region, with a particular attention to promoting youth-led innovative solutions.

Mr Nsanganira is a former Minister of State in charge of Agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Resources of the Republic of Rwanda. He has also served as Permanent Secretary in the same Ministry and has prior to joining the Ministry served at the Rwanda Development Board as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Agribusiness, among other responsibilities. Mr Nsanganira also served on Boards of Directors in several key public Institutions. He is currently serving as Board member at the Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR).

Mr Nsanganira holds a MSc Degree in Agricultural Economics from the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia in Moscow.

Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda ICT Chamber

Alex Ntare

Alex Ntare is Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda ICT Chamber. His work at the Chamber involves bridging the gap between private and public sector players in the ICT industry as well as overseeing and establishing new innovation programs for technology startups and innovators among them; KLAB, Fablab Rwanda, LEAPR Applied Research Labs, 250 Startups Incubator and SHORA. He sits on the advisory board of the Africa Center of Excellence on Internet Of Things and a number of steering committees including the Rwanda Innovation Fund. He holds a Msc in Investment and Quantitative Finance from the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom, a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Business Information Technology from NCC Education in UK as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Makerere University in Uganda. His work experience ranges from working as a computer engineer to a financial services’ broker in London. He is a passionate enthusiast of technology, innovation and financial markets and the role they play in solving global challenges.


Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB)


Amb. Yamina KARITANYI was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board (RMB) on 31st August 2021. Prior to her appointment, she was the High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom, and a non-resident Ambassador to Ireland since September 2015.

Prior to her posting in London, from April 2014, Amb.Yamina served as the Head of Tourism and Conservation at Rwanda Development Board (RDB). During her tenure at RDB, tourism saw innovative new enhanced products such as the re-integration of Lions in the Akagera National Park.

Amb. Yamina was appointed High Commissioner for the Republic of Rwanda to the Republic of Kenya, stationed in Nairobi, in May 2012, having previously served as Minister Counsellor at the mission since August 2010. During her tour of duty as High Commissioner to Kenya, trade and diplomatic relations between Rwanda and Kenya were enhanced significantly.

Having held various senior positions over 10 years at GoodWorks International, a strategic consulting and advisory firm that services multinational corporations and governments, in the USA and East Africa, prior to which she was Marketing Analyst at Carrier Corporation, Amb. Yamina has a solid track record in international business, operations management, business negotiations, and Diplomacy.

Amb. Yamina Karitanyi holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Studies (1998) from Buffalo State College, USA, and an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology (2000), USA. She is fluent in English, French, Kinyarwanda and Swahili.

President/ CEO, Igire Coffee Company Ltd

Briggette Harrington

Briggette Harrington is an international entrepreneur specializing in Africa with more than 30 years of experience in international trade in Africa. She is a business development specialist, avid golfer, and Pan-Africanist.  Ms. Harrington holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in International Business.  She holds a Master of Science Degree in Project Management, a Master’s Certificate in Organizational Leadership and Development, and a Master’s Certificate in Multicultural Marketing.

She is the President / CEO of Igire Coffee Company Ltd. located in Kigali, Rwanda. The company was founded to empower the women that grow coffee in Rwanda while earning a profit. Igire Coffee Company purchases coffee from the Hinga Kawa Women’s Coffee Association comprised of survivors of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide. The company adds value by processing and packaging this coffee for export. Igire Coffee Company was the first company to export under the Guided Trade Initiative (GTI) of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in October 2022 by exporting coffee to Ghana.

Ms. Harrington specializes in assisting companies in adding value and packaging their products for export. This includes meeting international standards for content and labeling.

Chief Executive Officer, JALI GROUP Ltd

Felix Nkundimana

Felix Ndikumana is the founder and CEO of JALI GROUP a holding company and parent of both JALI FINANCE and JALI PARTNERS.

JALI FINANCE is an innovative financial institution that solely the financing of electric motorcycles ownership to the end users without which the penetration we see today of electric mobility wouldn’t have been just a dream.
JALI PARTNERS is an accounting firm that helps hundreds of SMEs take informed decisions and growth their business and the country.
Felix is an entrepreneur and certified tax advisor and accountant who has occupied various positions including financial business advisory, tax advisory, accounting, and auditing. He has acquired experience from various institutions as an advisor and board member. As an entrepreneur from a young age, he successfully founded and later sold various small businesses, to further advance his finance entrepreneur journey.
Executive Director for Society for Family Health Rwanda (SFH)

Manasseh Gihana Wandera

 At SFH Rwanda, Wandera specialized and mostly focused  the organizational efforts on  decentralized primary health care, social marketing and distribution  of health products and services to the lowest levels of community, Behavior change communication around and has proved to be a strong advocate and promoter of Universal Health Coverage (UHC) in Rwanda including  the most recently MoH approved and  inaugurated concept of  Second Generation Health post (SGHP) with funding support Abbott Laboratories.

Under his Leadership since 2012, SFH has grown in; scope, budget, partnerships and consequently health impact it delivers to the people of Rwanda with an expansion of it programs in the East African Countries (EAC) in the collaboration with the EAC secretariat.

Mr. Wandera is a seasoned Leader with a strong passion for cutting edge public Health innovations that change people’s lives in a tangible way.

He strongly believes in the power of partnerships and specializes in building synergies and harnessing multi-Institutional expertise between Public Institutions, Private Sector, Civil Society, Bi-lateral organizations, International NGOs as well as UN agencies to transform health systems and delivery mechanisms in Rwanda.

Under Wandera’s Leadership, SFH has built strong partnership with; Rwanda’s Ministry of Health, Ministry of local Government, All provinces and Districts, Rwanda Biomedical Center, USAID, CDC, UNICEF, WHO, UNFPA, SC JOHNSON, Abbott Diagnostics, US Department of Defense, ENABEL, Investing for Employment (IFE), Amref Africa, Global Fund and a dozen of local and International NGOs to bring positive health impact in the areas of nutrition, Family Planning, Malaria control and prevention, Water, Sanitation Hygiene. Maternal and Child health, HIV/AIDS prevention and health systems strengthening.

The funding and support from these partners continue to register positive progress in contributing   to the achievements of Ministry of Health in Rwanda.

Mr. Wandera has led SFH’s active efforts in building and equipping about 200 health posts that provide comprehensive services in a walking distance of less than 30 minutes from their homes to the health facility, supporting over   90 health Centers across Rwanda, training health care professionals as well as equipping and training over 5,000 Community Health Workers to improve health care delivery at decentralized levels of community.

Prior to joining SFH, Mr. Wandera held several senior positions within NGOs and government institutions in Rwanda and East Africa. He worked with e3 partners Rwanda office as the Country Director, He also served as Programs Implementation Director for Compassion International Rwanda office.

Mr. Wandera has also worked as a Consultant in Institutional Development, Leadership, Strategy and Market Research with Organizations such as SNV (The Netherlands Development Organization), Rwanda Red Cross, The City of Kigali Local Government to mention but a few.

Mr. Wandera holds MBA from   Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands where he specialized in corporate strategy and economic policy, M.A in development studies and B.A in public Administration from National University of Rwanda as well as Postgraduate   in development   from Rehovot Center for development studies in Israel.

Mr. Wandera lives in Kigali with his wife Antoinette and four children.


Commissioner for Common Market, Economic, Monetary and Financial Affairs of the ECCAS Commission

François KANIMBA

François KANIMBA holds the position of Commissioner for Common Market, Economic, Monetary and Financial Affairs of the ECCAS Commission since September 2020.

Since his selection at this position, Mr François KANIMBA has been working to set up an operational economic integration program within ECCAS region, focusing on the following priorities :

  1. Operationnalization of the Common Market of the ECCAS region,
  2. Establishment of the Central Africa Business Council as a necessary platform to mainstream Public-Private dialogue in the regional integration agenda ;
  3. Development of an operational Action Plan to enhance the Business Environment Reform agenda for Private Sector Development in Central African States ;
  4. Working with Development Partners to build institutional capacity within the ECCAS organizational structure to play a role in catalyizing the Development of Regional Industrial Value Chains with a high growth potential in the framework of the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement.

Before joining the ECCAS Commission, Mr François KANIMBA has been a long serving senior official within the Rwandan Government which took over the management of the country after the 1994 genocide of the Tutsis. Among the key positions occupied we can mention :

  1. Minister of Trade and Industry of Rwanda from 2011 to 2017 ;
  2. Governor of the Central Bank of Rwanda from 2002 to 2011 ;

Over this period of 15 years, Mr François KANIMBA contributed significantly to the economic recovery process of the Rwandan economy after the 1994 genocide.

Prior to joining the Central Bank of Rwanda, Mr François KANIMBA was the Principal Economist at the World Bank Office in Rwanda for a period of five years from 1995 to 2000.

In the period before the 1994, Mr François KANIMBA, was one of the key senior economic oficials in Rwanda who was mandated by the Government of Rwanda at that time to work with the IMF and World Bank teams to design the first Structural Adjustment Program of Rwanda concluded in october 1990, just beforre the start of the Liberation war.

In terms of Education background, Mr François KANIMBA graduated in 1983 as a Statistician Economist engineer from the Paris based Center for training statistician economists from Developing Countries.

Vice-President of SOS Village d’Enfants & Vice-Chairman of Rwanda Private Medical Facilities Association


Mr. Jean Malic KALIMA is a Rwandan entrepreneur, businessman and investor, currently operating in various areas including the mining sector and the health sector among others.

Having previously worked in government, he has a wide experience in both public and private sectors. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Management in addition to other professional trainings undertaken during the course of his professional career. Jean Malic KALIMA worked in a number of private companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) where he spent most of his youth years before returning to his motherland Rwanda. Upon his return in Rwanda, Jean Malic joined Rwanda’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 1994 up to 2004 where he served in various senior positions, including the following among others, Chief of Ceremonies and Visits Division and Chief of State Protocol.

Former Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission

Erastus Mwencha

Erastus Mwencha is the former Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission. He is also a former Secretary General of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). Prior to COMESA, Mr Mwencha served in the Government of Kenya in several capacities, including as Head of Industrial Promotion Department, Secretary to Industrial Sciences Advisory Research Committee, and as a Senior Economist at the Kenyan Industrial Survey and Promotion Centre. He holds a Master’s degree in economics from the University of York and has received several awards and honours, including ‘Elder of the Golden Heart’ in 2009, and ‘Moran of the Burning Spear’ in 1998, both presented by the President of the Republic of Kenya. He has also received Officer of National Order in 1977, the highest national award in the Republic of Madagascar, and the highest Presidential Award given by the President of the Republic of Djibouti. Lastly, he led COMESA to the ‘International Gold Award for Excellence and Business Prestige’ in 2002, during the Quality Summit Award in New York.


Director Business Competitiveness - TradeMark Africa


Trade and development professional with experience in the areas of Market Systems and Private Sector Development, Private Public Dialogue and Advocacy and experience in working with government Ministries responsible for trade facilitation, trade policy and with Regional Economic Communities


Currently leading the Business Competitiveness portfolio at TradeMark Africa, a not-for-profit company which works with EAC institutions, national governments, business, and civil society organizations to promote prosperity through trade in Africa. Programmes under the portfolio aim to enhance women participation in trade, strengthen the business environment through evidence- based public-private dialogue facilitate export growth by enhancing market access, facilitating efficiency in logistics services for trade and leveraging innovation and technology including the use of e-commerce to boost trade and supply chain traceability in targeted sectors.

CEO, Century Real Estate Ltd

Charles Haba

Charles read law at the University of Rwanda and has more than 20 years’ experience in Real Estate and Housing Finance in both the public and private sector.
Today he runs Century Real Estate Ltd, which is a top property business in Rwanda (, which has more than 200,000sqm in its property portfolio. Charles is a Director/Investor in different companies in the domains of Private Equity, Venture Capital, Financial Solutions, Real Estate, Entertainment, Parking Solutions among others.
As a family man and father, off the business field, Charles has a passion for sports (especially cricket & tennis) and media.

Site Head for BioNTech Rwanda

Aneto Okeke

Aneto Okeke is a manufacturing leader with over 20 years of invaluable experience in the manufacturing industry, having gained experience from Procter & Gamble, Kraft Heinz, Beiersdorf & Upfield. As the current site head for BioNTech Rwanda, he plays a pivotal role in spearheading the organization’s manufacturing of Vaccines in Rwanda for Africa. With a remarkable track record in starting up and transforming manufacturing sites, Aneto has successfully led the establishment of several facilities from scratch, showcasing his exceptional strategic planning and execution skills. His expertise extends beyond mere site setup, as he possesses a keen ability to develop high-performing teams that drive continuous improvements within the manufacturing sector


Director Business Competitiveness - TradeMark Africa

Eric Rutayisire Muziga

Eric Rutayisire Muziga is the CEO and Founder of charis UAS. He founded Charis in 2014 and now the company operates in 8 African countries. In 2019, He was recognized on Forbes 30 under 30 and top 3 all business africa awards.

Eric is a holder of a master’s degree in electrical engineering from University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Extensive background in developing new technologies and tech products as a systems engineer Globally.

Founded Charis UAS in 2014, the first drone company in Rwanda to provide aerial imagery for intelligent decision making.

Listed on the 2019 Forbes 30 under 30 list-technology categories and was voted top 3 All Africa Business Leader Award-Young business and innovator Award

Director General, Trade and Investment Ministry of Trade and Industry, Rwanda

Antoine Kajangwe

Antoine Kajangwe is a trade and investment policy professional with the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Rwanda. Antoine oversees the Ministry’s domestic and international trade and investment related matters, and also acts as the Ministry’s chief trade negotiator and a senior trade official. Antoine has a bachelors’ degree in History from Oklahoma Christian University and a Master’s of Science degree in International Political Economy from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Chairperson of RYAF & Managing Director of Afri-Foods Ltd

Sakina Usengimana

Sakina Usengimana’s journey has been marked by dynamic accomplishments fueled by her unwavering national pride and entrepreneurial drive. Holding key positions as Chairperson of RYAF (Rwanda Youth in Agribusiness Forum) and Managing Director of Afri-Foods Ltd, a leading horticulture export company in Rwanda, her educational foundation in Business Management and Entrepreneurship from Akilah Institute set the stage for her success. Recognized for her dedication and potential, she was honored with the esteemed 2018-2019 Texas Christian University Wilkens Award.

While initially making her mark in Hospitality Management, Sakina’s passion for her homeland, coupled with her love for food, travel, and forging meaningful connections, steered her towards Agriculture. Combining her diverse experiences, she now focuses on empowering youth and women through experiential learning, contributing to the growth of the agricultural sector.

Guided by her commitment to sustainability and excellence, Sakina aspires to elevate Rwanda’s global presence and position Afri-Foods Ltd as a preferred vendor with consistently high-quality products sought after by customers worldwide. Her visionary leadership and relentless pursuit of success make her an inspiring figure in Rwanda’s business landscape, paving the way for a brighter and more prosperous future while embodying the essence of a true trailblazer and changemaker.


Chief, Regional Integration and AfCFTA Cluster Regional Office for Eastern Africa United Nations Economic Commission for Africa

Dr. Andrew Mold

Andrew Mold is Chief of the AfCFTA Cluster at the office for East Africa of Economic Commission for Africa.  He has a PhD. in economics and has worked for the United Nations in Costa Rica, Chile, Ethiopia, Chile and Rwanda. He was also a Senior Economist at the OECD in Paris. His work has focused on international trade, multinational corporations and regional integration. He is also co-author (with Francis Mangeni) of a forthcoming book ‘Borderless Africa – A Sceptic’s Guide to the Continental Free Trade Area’ (Hurst & Company, London) to be published in March 2023.

CEO, Irembo

Israel Bimpe

Israel Bimpe is the CEO of Irembo, a Rwandan software that develops platforms to help governments and companies manage digital workflows for services management, payments, and operations. With IremboGov and IremboPay, Irembo digitizes and automates siloed processes for Government institutions to provide services on a one-stop platform. Israel previously served on Irembo’s Board of Directors. Before Irembo, Israel was the Director of Africa Go-To-Market at Zipline, leading the expansion of Zipline across the continent. Prior to that, he held various leadership roles across the company, including partnerships, operations, and national implementations.

President, Chamber of Commerce of Djibouti

Mr. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh

Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh, l’actuel Président de la Chambre de Commerce de Djibouti (CCD), et de la Chambre Panafricaine de Commerce et d’Industrie (PACCI), est l’une des figures emblématiques de la communauté d’affaires Djiboutiennes.

En 1988, M. Dawaleh a commencé à faire ses premières activités économiques en créant une entreprise, versée dans l’import-export de produits alimentaires. En 1994, attiré par la production halieutique, et le marché des produits de la mer, il se lance dans l’exportation des produits de la pêche vers les pays de la région.

Il diversifie ensuite ses activités avec la création de la société Entreprise Dawaleh Construction (EDC), œuvrant dans le bâtiment et les Travaux Publiques ; une des sociétés djiboutiennes pionnières dans la promotion immobilière. M. Dawaleh, est président de la CCD depuis décembre 2013 et de la Chambre Panafricaine de Commerce et d’Industrie (PACCI) depuis Juillet 2019. M. Youssouf Moussa Dawaleh est élu Vice-Président, Afrique de l’Est de l’Alliance des Patronats Francophones, en Mars 2022.


Mr. Daniel Claude ABATE





. CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER – BFM BUSINESS CORPORATION LTD, Entreprise spécialisée dans le développement des logiciels d’affichage numérique dynamique, l’installation de réseaux d’affichage dynamique et la commercialisation des écrans et équipements numériques.

. COMMISSAIRE QUALIFIE EN MATIERE FINANCIERE A LA COMMISSION DES MARCHES FINANCIERS DU CAMEROUN (nommé par Décret du Président de la République du Cameroun du 29 Juin 2016).

. PRESIDENT DU COMITE DE PROMOTION DE L’ETHIQUE ET DE LA GOUVERNANCE EN DOUANE (nommé par le Ministre des Finances depuis 2009 sur proposition du secteur privé du Cameroun)

Chief Executive Officer of Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR)

Mr. Jean Bosco Iyacu

Mr. Jean Bosco Iyacu is the Chief Executive Officer of Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR), a Not for Profit Company promoting Financial Inclusion and Financial Sector Development in Rwanda and serves as Deputy Chairperson of the Financial Sector Deepening (FSD) Network comprised of 10 FSDs across Africa. He has over 16 years’ practical experience in commercial banking, development finance and entrepreneurship. Prior to becoming the AFR’s CEO in February 2021, he was the Director of Programs of AFR for 7 years and has successfully led the development of AFR’s strategic plans for the periods 2016-2020 and 2021-2025. He has also been instrumental in the design and implementation of a diverse range of financial inclusion and financial sector development programs across Rwanda and Sub-Saharan Africa. Before joining AFR, He was the Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Business Development Center (RBDC), an entrepreneurship and business incubation facility. He also served in various leadership capacities in some of the Africa’s leading Financial Institutions such as KCB Bank Rwanda Ltd (now BPR Bank Rwanda PLC) where he was Regional Business Manager and Head of Retail and SME Banking. He holds a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa. He is a Certified Expert in MSME Financing and Inclusive Insurance from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and a Certified Expert in Digital Money from the Digital Frontiers Institute. He also attended the Harvard Kennedy School’s Executive Education on Rethinking Financial Inclusion in 2018.

Executive Director and Co-owner of Kipharma, Agrotech, Unipharma (Rwanda) & Honorary Consul of Italy in Rwanda

Giovanni Davite

Seasoned business professional, with a MBA and Chemical Engineering degrees, with a strong business track record acquired in various sectors over 35 years of working experience in Eastern Africa and other parts of the world.

Country Manager, CNBC Africa & TV host, Rwanda Television

Eugene Anangwe

Eugene Anangwe continues to be one of Eastern and Central Africa’s top names in the media industry. He has worked in the region’s competitive media industry, spending over a decade developing the media landscape in Rwanda and the region in different capacities. He is the Country Manager for CNBC Africa and has worked as Founding CEO of TV47 Kenya and Look UP TV.

Anangwe has also interviewed top government officials among them HE. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, H.E Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former President of Liberia, and Africa’s first democratically elected female head of state, Kenya’s former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Tanzania’s former president Benjamin Mkapa, Kenya’s Deputy President, Rigathi Gachagua, South African Mining Billionaire Businessman Patrice Motsepe among others. He is the host of a weekly TV talk show ‘The Summit’ that airs on Rwanda Television

CEO of Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda

Serge Kamuhinda

Serge Kamuhinda is the CEO of Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda. He is passionate about ideas to leapfrog development stages in Africa.


Therese Sekamana

Therese Sekamana is the founder and CEO of LED SOLUTIONS & GREEN ENERGY RWANDA. Ms SEKAMANA started the energy business in 2011 after winning the Innovation Prize at the Rwandan exposition of the year by introducing LED Lights to the country. After years of supplying the public and private sector with this lighting technology that was new to the country, she then took her energy venture to the next level by investing in renewable energy. In fact, GREEN ENERGY RWANDA today has two 25 years PPAs (Power Purchase Agreements) with the Gov. of Rwanda for two Hydropower Plants. Kigasa Hydropower Plant is already connected to the national grid and producing energy as Muhembe Hydrpower Plant is currently under construction.

Chief of Party, RTI International, Rwanda

Timothy Shumaker

Timothy Shumaker is a proven leader with more than 14 years of experience focused on delivering results on projects related to private sector-led growth, market systems, workforce development, financial management, and positive youth development. He is skilled at adaptive management and administration of international donor support programs.

Mr. Shumaker currently leads the Feed the Future Hanga Akazi (Create Jobs) activity, a project supporting the growth of Rwanda’s knowledge-based economy by increasing inclusive employment and entrepreneurship opportunities across the food system.  Previously, for RTI, he served as Deputy Chief of Party of the USAID-funded Somalia Growth, Enterprise, Employment, and Livelihoods (GEEL) project, where he managed a team of 34 staff in five functional areas and three offices.

Director of Digital Transformation and Services, Smart Africa, Rwanda

Dr. Ralph Oyini Mbouna, PhD

Dr. Ralph Oyini Mbouna is a highly accomplished Electrical Engineer with a Ph.D. from Temple University, Philadelphia, USA. He has extensive experience in the field of engineering, having served as an assistant professor in the College of Engineering at Temple University.

Dr. Ralph Oyini Mbouna returned to Africa in 2015 to take up the position of Director of the Universal Service Access Fund at the Gabon’s regulatory authority for electronic and postal communications (ARCEP Gabon). In this role, he was responsible for the implementation of the Universal Service Access Fund, which is a fund established to ensure that all citizens of Gabon have access to basic telecommunications services. Dr. Ralph Oyini Mbouna is currently the Director of Digital Transformation and Services at Smart Africa in Rwanda. He leads two very important continental flagship programs at Smart Africa: The Technology-Driven Entrepreneurship Program as well as the Digital Trade and Services Program. With these two programs, Dr. Ralph Oyini Mbouna wants to create an environment in which young people can build, launch, and scale their own businesses across the African single digital market.

Founder and CEO

JS Anand

JS Anand is among the most prominent names in Dubai. This recognition placed him among the most influential and dynamic leaders shaping the future of Dubai and we couldn’t be more hyped! At LEVA Hotels, we get to see his inspiring leadership style at first hand and his unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation in the hospitality industry and it’s amazing to see it being recognized on such a large scale. We are proud to be led by a visionary and a trailblazer who consistently raises the bar and inspires us to achieve new heights. Congratulations Mr. Anand on this well-deserved recognition.

CEO and Founder of Gorilla Logistics Group Ltd

Fred Seka

Mr. Fred Seka is the CEO and founder of Gorilla Logistics Group Ltd, a Company which offers complete packages of Logistics services right from freight forwarding and clearing, warehousing and regional transport, and inventory management to chartered freights. since 2007 together as a team, our Company has achieved several international accolades and global recognition including but not limited to the service excellence accolade 2021 held in Kigali, Rwanda, the BID Quality Accolade 2017, the WQC Accolade in the Platinum category for quality and excellence and the International Star Accolade for Quality Service, Geneva 2016.

Mr. Fred is also the Immediate Past President (IPP) of Federation of East African Freight Forwarders Association (FEAFFA) and as well as the Former Chairman of Rwanda Freight Forwarders Association (RWAFFA).

Recently, he has been elected as the vice chairman for the Federation of African Freight Forwarders(FAFF) and vice chairperson of World Customs Organization East and Southern Africa Regional Private Sector Group (WCO ESA RPSG).

Furthermore, having served as a Board member of Private Sector Federation of Rwanda (PSF), Mr. Fred currently serves as a fellow of the Chattered Institute of Logistics and Transport. (FCILT).

CEO, Ubuntu Publishers

Mutesi Gasana

A Publisher, a children’s author, a book enthusiast, a gospel artist and preacher, and a social entrepreneur is her full names.

Gasana Mutesi started her carrier as a youth volunteer; through the youth councils, became a campaigner for the fight against HIV AIDS among the youth, worked as Public relations and communication at the National Institute of statistics.

She started her career in Book Publishing in 2010 as a young lady who was looking for opportunities in the market. She was introduced to publishing for Rwanda through different regional publishing houses where she held different positions from country marketing and sales to regional marketing and sales and her career grew through all the years. In 2013, she initiated her first business of a bookstore in Kigali, Arise Education. Late in 2014 she joined Oxford University Press during the development of textbooks for Rwanda Education Board, the then newly designed competence-based curriculum. She became the country coordinator and focused on developing the TLM’s.

She has worked on various campaigns and literacy works with both the Government and Development partners in the promotion of literacy.

An alumnae of Academy for women Entrepreneurs, a program by the state department of United States Government, a graduate of IFC/World bank Mini MBA by Access Bank through W Initiative, have been on a four-year training program with Business Professionals Network/ Rwanda office on Business development and have obtained various trainings in Publishing, inclusive education, and Book sector in general.

With her passion to promote reading and social transformation of less privileged communities, she recently started a TESI Foundation promoting the social wellbeing of the less privileged in our communities especially women, Teens and youth to bring a social economic transformation of the country.

She is a passionate gospel artist and preacher! She is now founded and is running Goshen Revival Ministries

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