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).
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.
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.
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.
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