Amb. Claver Gatete was appointed Minister of Infrastructure on April 6, 2018. Prior to this appointment, he was Minister of Finance and Economic Planning since February 2013. He had previously been Governor of the National Bank of Rwanda (2011 to 2013), previously having as as Deputy Governor. Amb. Gatete served as Rwanda’s Ambassador to the UK, Ireland and Iceland from November 2005 to December 2009. He holds a Masters Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (1993) and an undergraduate degree from the same university. (1991).
Claire Akamanzi is CEO of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and member of the Rwanda Cabinet. Prior to this role, she was Chief Strategy and Policy Officer in the Office of the President and for over 7 years as Chief Operating Officer of RDB. Ms. Akamanzi was also a trade diplomat in London and a trade negotiator in Geneva at the World Trade Organization. She is an international trade and investment lawyer and graduated from Harvard Kennedy School MPA, she also holds an LLM (International Trade and Investment) with distinction from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and LLM (Hons ) from Makerere University, Uganda. Ms. Akamanzi is one of the 2012 World Economic Forum Young Global Leaders and was named one of the Top 20 African Women in Economic Development by Forbes in 2013.
Amina Rwakunda has been Chief Economist at the Rwanda Ministry of Finance since April 2018. She has also been a Director of the Board of Directors of the Rwanda Stock Exchange (RSE) since 2012, and Director of the Board of Directors of NISR (National Statistics Institute of Rwanda). Ms. Rwakunda is an experienced economist and seasoned negotiator on regional integration issues. Ms Rwakunda holds a master’s degree in economics of globalization and development from the University of Antwerp.
Assad Alam is the Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa of the World Bank Vice Presidency for Equitable Growth, Finance and Institutions (EFI). In this role, he is responsible for the design, development and implementation of country-focused RIL programs in approximately 25 African countries. Prior to that, Asad was Chief of Staff to the President of the World Bank Group. Previously, he was Country Director for Egypt, Yemen and Djibouti; Country Director for Southern Africa; Country Director for the South Caucasus; Sector manager in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and country economist in various countries. He has written on a variety of topics including growth, productivity, governance, poverty, inequality, trade and tax issues. Asad holds a doctorate in economics from Columbia University
Rolande Simone Pryce is the World Bank Group Country Director for Rwanda. Prior to her current assignment, she oversaw the World Bank’s programs in Indonesia and Timor-Leste and was based in the Jakarta office. Prior to joining the World Bank, Ms. Pryce served as legal counsel to the Jamaican government on public international law and international trade matters for over ten years, and an adjunct lecturer in public international law at the University of the West Indies. She holds an MA in Public International Law from the University College of London, a Juris Doctor from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Science in International Business and Mathematics from the City University of New York.
Amena Arif is IFC’s Country Director for Burundi, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda. A Pakistani national, she joined IFC in 2012 with Financial Institution Group (FIG) in Pakistan after pursuing a career in commercial banking with Citibank and ABN AMRO Bank. She has worked on clients and markets and led debt and equity transactions with banking and nonbank financial institutions in the MENA region, particularly Pakistan, Afghanistan and Lebanon. Most recently, she was IFC Country Manager for Sri Lanka and Maldives, based in Colombo, where she helped develop the program to record levels.
Dan Kasirie is IFC Resident Representative for Rwanda and Uganda. He leads the business development and implementation of IFC’s integrated investment and advisory strategy, focusing on high-impact private sector projects that contribute to the sustainable development of Rwanda and Uganda. Previously, Dan worked as a Resident Representative for Tanzania, where he was responsible for the substantial growth of IFC’s investment and advisory portfolio in Uganda, Tanzania and South Sudan. Prior to that, he held various positions within the organization. Dan has over 20 years of experience coordinating the delivery of multi-sector investment and advisory projects in the Africa region. He holds an MPA (International Trade & Finance) from Harvard University
Calvin Zebaze Djiofack is the Senior Country Economist for Rwanda. He has contributed extensively to the Bank’s trade program in the Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region, focusing on regional trade integration, analysis of company data and assessments of the impact of trade on prosperity. shared. Calvin’s other area of ââinterest concerns natural resource management and its fiscal implications. His recent publications in this area include an article in the Journal of African Economies and an article in the World Development Journal.