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.
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 2012, 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 DOT communications team in 2013. She manages 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.
Judith joined the DOT Rwanda’s Finance Department in September 2017. Prior to joining DOT Rwanda, Judith occupied several positions since 2006 after completing high school where she was working with local government to empower young men and women with livelihood skills.
From 2010 to 2017, Judith worked in PAXPRESS as a Chief Accountant. She has gained a huge experience in working with Non-Government Organizations and multiple donors in her domain of Accounting.
Judith is a holder of a Bachelors’ degree in Commerce majoring in Banking and Finance from Mount Kenya University. Now, she is a Certified Professional Accounting (CPA) candidate.
Anne Lise first joined DOT Rwanda in 2014 as a Youth Leader. She came back 3 years later as a Gender and Research Officer.
Before joining DOT Rwanda, she was working in the area of Business Development at Belay Rwanda empowering young women to start businesses.
She has acquired experience in data collection and data analysis from Laterite Rwanda
Lise has done an entrepreneurship training with Nehemiah project , which equipped her with essential business skills. Young entrepreneurs inspire her. She has sharpened her entrepreneurship skills by rubbing shoulders with different entrepreneurs as a former member of Klab and Inkomoko.
Lise dreams to grow in Business analysis, be a business leader and model other emerging entrepreneurs
Lise holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Science from Kigali Independent University and a Diploma in beauty therapy from Beauty Point School
After being awarded by The First Lady of Rwanda (through Imbuto Foundation) as one of the 25 Best Performing Girls (BPG) countrywide for their excellence in the High School's National examinations in 2010, Diane gained her passion to empower other young women to excel. Since 2011 up to 2015, Diane has been working with Imbuto Foundation as a Mentor to High School Best Performing Girls.
From 2020, Diane serves as Mentor to young women in universities through FAWE Rwanda Chapter Mentoring Programme.
In 2016, Diane joined DOT Rwanda as a StartUp! facilitator and business coach where she empowered youth and women to start social-economic activities and leverage digital technology to increase their income hence improving their livelihoods.
She is currently serving as the DOT Rwanda Digital Transformation officer leading the implementation of digital engagement, business coaching and social innovation activities.
Diane holds a Bachelor’s Degree of Science in Mechanical Engineering from University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology.
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