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.
Emmanuel is a community development specialist with more than 10 years of experience in development. Before joining DOT Rwanda as the Monitoring and Evaluation Manager, Emmanuel worked at World Vision Rwanda, where he provided technical support and guidance on various projects, as well as program planning, implementation and reporting. He has also worked in knowledge management, promoting knowledge sharing for organizational learning, growth and change.
Emmanuel holds a bachelor degree in educational psychology from the National University of Rwanda and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Global Community Development from South Adventist University. He is certified as a Trainer of Trainers in Project Management for Development Professionals (PMD Pro1) and in Grant Acquisition and Management (Proposal Pro).
Faith Mbabazi has more than 10 years of experience in journalism and media. Before leaving journalism in 2013, she was the Director of Radio Rwanda. She was the Chair of the Association Rwandese Des Femmes Des Medias, an association of female journalists in Rwanda (ARFEM), and the Deputy Chairperson of the African Editors Forum (TAEF).
Faith was a board member of the Media High Council (MHC) and co-chair of the board of the Rwanda chapter of the White Ribbon Alliance. Since leaving public broadcasting in 2013, Faith has done public relations for various non-governmental organizations.
Faith holds a degree in journalism and mass media communication. She is passionate about telling stories.
Richard is a dynamic International Certified Trainer by International Finance Corporation / World Bank Group with extensive experience in international development and project management. He has spent more than nine years consulting and training firms such as World Bank, Afflatoon, Kenya Institute of Management, Private Sector Federation, and more.
Richard has dedicated his career to developing innovative approaches to train youth in strategic planning, business development, financial analysis and loan management. In particular, he focuses on coaching and mentoring small and medium enterprises and Village Savings and Loan Associations.
Richard holds a Master of Business Administration from Creydon University in Australia in partnership with Academie des Sciences Africaines Bujumbura, Burundi.
Samuel is a strategic agent of change with strong knowledge of both ICT and project management principles. In his work with non-profit organizations, he developed a passion for using information technology for positive change.
Samuel leads the planning, operations and implementation of the Corporate Social Corps program, a joint program between IBM and DOT Rwanda. This program mobilizes expert IBMers to work with local partners on initiatives that have a long-term impact in their communities.
Samuel holds a bachelor degree in computer engineering and information technology from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology and is pursuing his Master of Business Administration from Oklahoma Christian University.
Patrick Sibomana has worked in the ICT field for 11 years, with particular expertise in hardware, network administration and software development. From 2006-2010, he worked as an IT technician for Compulec, which provides IT facilities and services to various government ministries.
Patrick has also provided IT services to Hope and Homes for Children, an international NGO, and Coimex Rwanda, a transport/shipping company. Patrick joined DOT Rwanda in 2010 as IT Officer and Administrator. He holds an advanced diploma in business management from Amity University.
Olive Safari has eight years of experience working in finance and administration. She joined DOT Rwanda in 2010 and is responsible for maintaining DOT Rwanda’s financial, accounting, administrative and personnel services.
Before joining DOT Rwanda, Olive was responsible for the financial management and reporting for Swift Freight, an international freight forwarding company. She also held leadership roles in supply chain management and freight operations. Olive worked as a lead trainer in financial management at the Rwanda Institute of Administration and Management.
Olive has a Bachelor of Business Administration and a postgraduate diploma in financial management from Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands.
Fred became a DOT Intern in 2014, before becoming a DOT facilitator and employment coach. He was deployed at Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center West as a career advisory center facilitator, where he helped students create their career paths, and promoted entrepreneurship and self-employment as career options.
During his university studies, Fred participated in different associations including the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace’s School of Debate. He also worked as an advisor for the Agribusiness Association.
Since October 2016, Fred has been DOT Rwanda’s Human Resource and Administration Officer. Fred holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics and agribusiness from the National University of Rwanda.
Henriette is a lifelong learner and creative team player with transformative leadership skills. When she completed secondary school in 2009, Henriette was recognized as one of the 15 Best Performing Girls in the country, an honour presented to her by Her Excellency the First Lady of Rwanda. Since 2011, Henriette has been an Imbuto Foundation mentor for girls in secondary school.
Henriette joined DOT Rwanda in March 2014 as a facilitator and employment coach. In August 2014, she became the Empowerment and Employment Support Program Officer. In this role, she develops sustainable livelihoods in her community by fostering technology and entrepreneurial skills and providing job coaching.
Henriette studied entrepreneurship and economics at the Kigali Institute of Education.
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.
Colette joined DOT Rwanda as an intern in December 2012, facilitating workshops that empowered youth and women with skills in entrepreneurship, ICT and leadership. In recognition of her impact in the community, Colette joined DOT Rwanda as a staff member in 2013. As Research and Gender Officer, she contributes to the development of DOT’s gender equality strategies and conducts training for youth and women on gender equality and empowerment.
Before joining DOT, Colette worked in agriculture, including an internship with the Rwanda Agriculture Board to teach rural women about rainwater harvesting and small scale irrigation techniques. Colette has a master’s degree in gender and development from the University of Rwanda.
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.
Joseph is a passionate community development professional. He has been with DOT Rwanda since 2011, joining the team as a program facilitator and coach. In this role, he supported hundreds of aspiring young entrepreneurs to bring their dreams to reality as they started businesses. Since March 2014, Joseph has been the Enterprise Support Program Officer, where he leads a team of community business facilitators.
Joseph is a co-founder of Rega Primary School Foundation, a platform which has mentored more than 4500 youth in rural and poor communities to embrace education, science and technology.
Joseph has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master of Science in Project Management.
Darius Twamihigo has served as Enterprise Support Program Officer since 2011. He is a social impact leader, a business coach and a group mentor with Cherie Blair Foundation for Women. He contributes to the empowerment of vulnerable youth and women to identify and market their talents and resource finance opportunities.
Darius is the founder of Digital Seedling Connect, an impact-oriented organization enabling tangible change in communities through mentorship, leadership and peer-to-peer coaching. It helps young social entrepreneurs take advantage of digital marketing to expand their businesses.
Cecile became a member of the DOT team as an Intern in 2011, training community members in essential ICT, business and livelihood skills. As an Intern, Cecile proved to be dynamic, hardworking and creative, with great communication skills. She joined the communications team in 2012, and 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 Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness from the National University of Rwanda.
Martial has six years of work experience in customer care, research and entrepreneurship. He was a DOT Rwanda Intern and currently serves as a proud Communication Officer. Previously, he was a customer care operator and data consultant at MTN Rwanda. He is also among the pioneers of kLab, a technology hub in Kigali.
Martial ran numerous IT startups focusing on agriculture and the labor market. He worked as a private partner to the Private Sector Federation and worked with the travel agency Susa Tours. In 2012, he was recognized as one of the 20 best young innovators in East Africa by PIVOT East.
Martial holds a bachelor degree in computer engineering.
Christine originally joined DOT Rwanda as a facilitator and youth leader, and equipped hundreds of community members with the skills to run successful businesses.
Previously, Christine was an accountant at Kabare Farm. Christine volunteered as a program coordinator at the International Youth Forum and has received training on finance, accounting, marketing and entrepreneurship with Africa Development Consultant, Educat Rwanda and Rwanda Development Board.
She holds a degree in business administration from the University of Lay Adventists of Kigali.
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