Violette has led DOT Rwanda since its inception in 2010. Prior to DOT Rwanda, she spent seven years at the Embassy of Rwanda in Washington DC, beginning as a policy analyst and rising to become a diplomat in the position of First Secretary. Upon completion of her mission, she was posted at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kigali, in charge of Asia and Oceania.
Violette is involved in numerous youth and women’s economic empowerment and technology-fueled development initiatives. She is a mentor through the Imbuto Foundation, a member of the Africa Leadership Network and a recipient of the Change Agent ABIE Award from the Anita Borg Institute. In 2016, Violette was named one of Amazon’s Watch Magazine’s Top 25 Distinguished Women in Business Excellence in Africa for her work to economically empower young girls and women.
Violette holds a Master of Public Administration with a focus on International Development from Carleton University and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Comparative Development from Trent University.
Emmanuel is an economist from the National University of Rwanda who has participated in and led various youth movements. He worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, serving in various key positions in the World Bank’s Rural Sector Support Project, such 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 for community-based organizations. He has volunteered for regional and global organizations and networks, including Young Professionals for Young Professionals for Agricultural Research for Development, for which he has been the Country Focal Person since 2007.
Jean Claude started his career in a family agriculture business at a very young age. He enjoys working with people to develop their own sustainable development solutions and restore pride in their potential. For two years, he served DOT Rwanda as a Field Coordinator and Learning Specialist. Since 2013, he has been the Empowerment and Employment Manager.
Jean Claude holds a diploma in Market Oriented Small Business Development Services from the International Training Centre of ILO (Turin) and received his Certified Rural Consultant designation from the Rwanda Institute of Administration and Management.
Eric Rukundo Sebasore has been DOT Rwanda’s Empowerment and Employment Support Officer since 2011. Through DOT's Digital Innovation Festival, he founded Bright FUTURE Cornerstone a network committed to inspire youth to contribute to their personal development and human welfare through knowledge sharing. This youth organisation supports 2000 young people every year. Eric is a mentor in the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneuship Program to facilitate youth access to finance.
From a young age, Noella has been involved in efforts to empower women. At Guides Association of Rwanda, her team helped single mothers learn to read and write. She participated in entrepreneur training at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology’s Technology and Incubation Facility. She was also a 2014 MasterCard Foundation Youth Think Tank member.
As a young entrepreneur, Noella understands the challenges youth face when entering business. She joined DOT Rwanda as an Intern in 2012, where she empowered and learned from young people in her community.
Noella holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology.
Cecile became a member of the DOT team as a Youth Leader in 2011, training community members in essential ICT, business and livelihood skills. As a Youth Leader, Cecile proved to be dynamic, hardworking and creative, with great communication skills. She joined the communications team in 2012. She assists with the delivery of internal and external communications. She also supports planning and implementation of DOT festivals and special events.
Before joining DOT Rwanda, Cecile worked as a Research Assistant at the National University of Rwanda Consultancy Bureau, giving her rich knowledge of local agriculture entrepreneurship.
Cecile has a Masters degree of Science in Rural development and Agribusiness from the National University of Rwanda.
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