The Team

Executive Team

Violette Uwamutara - Country Director

Violette.JPGViolette worked in community development in Ecuador and spent seven years as a policy analyst and First Secretary in the embassy of the Republic of Rwanda in Washington, DC, before returning to her homeland to head the  Asia and Oceania desk for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kigali. Since  leaving the government, Violette has been consulting in the area of social development with a specialization in project design, research and monitoring, and  evaluation.  She holds an Undergraduate Degree in Economics and Comparative Development from Trent University and a Masters degree in International  Development from Ottawa's Carleton University.

Violette is the recipient of the 2013 Anita Borg Institute Change Award for her transformative work in supporting women in ICT in Rwanda and she was nominated for the 2014 Africa's Most Influential Women in Business and Government award. She is  passionate about developing economic opportunity for youth and women in  Rwanda. 

Emmanuel Nzeyimana - Country Program Manager

Emmanuel.JPGEmmanuel is an Economist from the National University of Rwanda. He has been an active member and leader for various youth movements and a senior staff in the Ministry of Agriculture. At the Ministry, he served under various key positions in a World Bank Project, the Rural Sector Support Project (RSSP), as the Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, the Regional Project Coordinator, and finally as the Project's Senior Economist.

Emmanuel has more than five years of experience in capacity building of Community Based Organizations in Agriculture, in Market Linkages, and in Business Planning and Fund Mobilization. Mr. Nzeyimana has volunteered in several regional and global organizations and networks. Since 2007 he has been the Country Focal Person of the Global Network of Young Professionals for the Young Professionals' Platform for Agriculture Research for Development.

Ndekezi Maarifa - DOT Rwanda Learning Manager & Master Facilitator for the African Region

Maarifa2.jpgPart of the DOT learning team, Ndekezi is involved in writing and curating DOT curriculums. Ndekezi oversees the development of DOT standard Professional Development activities that contribute to DOT online library resources for Professional Development activities for DOT Interns and Country Staff's needs. He collaborates with Program Managers in identifying capacity building needs for DOT partners and implement them. He also supports the development of DOT programs in the East African region as a Master Facilitator.

As an educationist with passion in experiential learning, Ndekezi has tremendous experience in facilitation. He began his passion in facilitation of learning as a Cadet Leadership Course Facilitator at the Outward Bound Kenya from 1999 to 2005. He has managed Outward Bound Rwanda, an experiential learning program in Rwanda as well as Frontiers Adventures Great Lakes where he has worked with youths in Life Skills, Entrepreneurship and Leadership Skills. He has had global exposure of facilitating and designing programs from Outward Bound Schools in USA, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

Jean Claude Ndayambaje - Empowerment and Employment Manager

Jean Claude.jpgJean Claude started his career in a family agriculture business at a very young age. He holds diploma in Market Oriented Small Business Development Services from the International Training Centre of ILO (Turin); and is a Certified Rural consultant by Rwanda Institute of Administration and Management. His  interests revolves around working with people to develop their own locally adapted versions of sustainable development and restore prides in their own innovative potentials. He enjoys working with people to learn from challenges and opportunities, enabling them to make contributions, and directing capacity towards finding innovative and alternative solutions.

Passionate and activist in promoting lifelong learning and innovations in Youth, Jean Claude served DOT Rwanda for two years as a field Coordinator and Learning Specialist. Since July 2013, Jean Claude is the Program Manager in Charge of Empowerment and Employment Department at DOT Rwanda. 

Emmanuel Nshizirungu - Monitoring and Evaluation Manager

Emma (1).jpgEmmanuel is a Community Development Specialist with over 10 years experience in various developmental arenas. Before he joined DOT Rwanda, Emmanuel worked as a Program Design, Monitoring & Evaluation Specialist at World Vision Rwanda where he provided technical support and guidance on various projects, as well as program planning, implementation and reporting. Emmanuel also has extensive skills in knowledge Management that he acquired when he worked as the Knowledge Management Specialist at World Vision Rwanda, promoting knowledge sharing for organizational learning, growth and change. During his tenure at World Vision, Emmanuel also served as the Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC) Specialist where he facilitated the scaling up of the benefits of a community-based psychosocial support mentorship program across all World Vision satellite offices named ADPs. 

Emmanuel holds a bachelors degree in Educational Psychology from the National University of Rwanda, Butare branch and is currently pursuing a masters program in Global Community Development from South Adventist University. Emmanuel is a certified TOT in Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro1) and in Grant acquisition and Management (Proposal Pro). Emmanuel is currently working as Monitoring and Evaluation Manager at DOT Rwanda. His passion is to facilitate people learn from what they do and then apply what they have learnt for growth and change.

Faith Mbabazi - Communications, Development and Fundraising Manager

Faith(F).jpgFaith Mbabazi, is a media professional with over 10 years of working experience. Before leaving journalism in 2013 she was Director of the National Radio. Until December 2014, she chaired the board of ARFEM (Association Rwandese Des Femmes Des Medias), an association of female journalists in Rwanda and was Deputy Chairperson of the African Editors Forum,TAEF. She also was a member of the board of Directors of the Media High Council and until now is Co-chair on the board of the White Ribbon Alliance Rwanda Chapter. She was involved in Rwanda’s media reform process especially the digital migration and Public broadcasting transitions.

Having being trained in Mass media communication, Faith is passionate about telling stories especially those that affect vulnerable groups like women and girls. Since leaving public broadcasting in 2013, she joined Public relations in various Non governmental organizations and private consultancies on capacity building for upcoming women journalists.

Richard Braodock Nyirinkwaya - Enterprise Manager

Richard.jpgRichard Bradock Nyirinkwaya is a dynamic International Certified Trainer by International Finance Corporation (IFC) / World Bank Group with extensive experience in international development and project management. He worked with different Banks in Human Resource and Credit Departments. Richard holds a Master’s Degree (MBA) in Project Management from Creydon University, Australia in partnership with Academie des Sciences Africaines (ASCAF) Bujumbura, Burundi.

After he graduated from Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management (KIST) with a Bachelor’s Degree (BBA) in Human Resources Management, Richard has dedicated his career to the creation of innovative approaches to train youth in strategic planning, business plan writing, business development, financial analysis and loan management with much focus on coaching, advocacy, mentoring and evaluation of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs), Village Savings and Loan Associations (VSLAs). Richard has also enjoyed over 9 years in the consultation and training with international and local consulting firms like World Bank, Afflatoon (a German consulting firm), Kenya Institute of Management (KIM), Private Sector Federation, Hanga Umurimo Project phase 1 and 2 and South African consulting firm (JPAC).

Field Team

Support Team

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       Aaron Manishimwe                          Patrick Sibomana                                   Safari Olive

         HR  & Admin Officer                               IT Support Officer                                  Finance Officer

Empowerment & Employment Department

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Henriette Aimée Mutangampundu            Eric Rukundo Sebasore                      Colette Nyinawumuntu

Employment Program Officer                  Employment Program Support Officer          Gender & Research Officer

Enterprise Department

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   Aimee Noella Akayezu                      Joseph Masengesho                              Darius Twamihigo

Entreprise Program Support Officer          Entreprise Program Officer                    Entreprise Program Officer                       

Communications Team

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   Samuel Yesashimwe                                 Cecile Mbashimishe

   CSC Program & Community Manager     Communications and Events officer

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