Board of Directors


Amb. Dr. Benjamin M Rugangazi

Rugangazi Benjamin M. is an entrepreneur with broad leadership skills in government and academia. He is currently the Executive Manager of Nema Compamy Ltd, a private owned light manufacturing and Agro-processing company in Rwanda. Dr. Rugaganzi started his career in Veterinary Medicine in 1982, before later venturing into the investment arena. Between 1995 and 2004, he served the Chief Executive Officer of Tri-Star investments; a private company with investments in mobile telephony in East Africa, construction and agricultural projects. Thereafter he joined the government of Rwanda, serving as a diplomat and served as Ambassador to China and six other South Asian countries and later as Rwanda’s High Commissioner to Tanzania. He holds a PhD. in Veterinary Science from the University of Nairobi and an Executive Business Management Certificate from UCLA, USA. He has written and co-authored Academic Publications. Dr. Rugaganzi is a member of the board of Phoenix Rwanda Insurance Company.

Chief Executive Officer

Lina Higiro

Lina was appointed Chief Executive Officer in July 2018. Before then she was the COO of AB Bank Rwanda for a period of two years. She has over 10 years banking experience, which include almost five years as the as the Head of Strategy & Marketing at I&M Bank Rwanda and four years as the Head of SME banking at Fina Bank – Rwanda (now GTBank), where she started the SME business unit. Her global experience includes Sales and Service in various sectors such as Real Estate, Education, NGO’s in Canada and Energy in South Africa. Education: MBA, B.Com, Dip. Communication


Hon. Abdirahin Haithar Abdi

Hon. Abdi served as the speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (2007 to 2012), having been a member of the assembly from 2001. He was instrumental in significantly influencing legislative, oversight and representation activities of the assembly charged with fostering regional integration. Hon. Abdi holds a BSc degree in Business Administration (Finance), has been accorded presidential awards and international appointments in legislative roles for his distinguished service to the nation and region. He is a seasoned businessman with multi sectoral experience gained from the private and public sectors and holds directorships in various companies.


Amb. Antoine Munyakazi Juru

Amb. Juru is the Executive Chairman of Somerset-Rwanda Ltd, a subsidiary of the Somerset Group based in JHB, South Africa, specialized in energy and smart technologies. Prior to joining the Somerset Group, Amb. Juru was the Managing Director of JF Consulting Ltd.  Moreover, he served as Ambassador of Rwanda to Japan and the Asia Pacific Region (Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines). He formerly worked with the Government of Rwanda, the World Bank and the African Development Bank as the National Coordinator of the “Competitiveness and Enterprise Development Project” (CEDP) which tremendously contributed  in ensuring a productive and competitive environment for the private sector in Rwanda. Additionally, Amb. Juru was appointed as the first Secretary General of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Rwanda in 1994, following the Genocide. Amb. Juru is currently the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Rwanda Law reform Commission (RLRC) and of the Rwanda Cinema Center. Furthermore, he is a Member of the Executive Committee (Advisor) of the Rwanda Organization of Professional Consultants (ROPC), Member of the Kigali International Arbitration Center (KIAC) and Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators –London. Amb. Juru holds an MBA in Project Management from Maastricht School of Management (The Netherlands) as well as a Bachelor Degree in Economics with Majors in Finance and Business from the National University of Congo (DRC).


Mr. Deogratius Kamurase

Deogratius Kamurase is the Country Manager for Kerzner (One&Only Resorts) managed properties in Rwanda, with an overall responsibility to manage the implementation, operation and management of all Kerzner managed properties located in Rwanda. He is a resourceful, forward thinking Business management professional, offering 18 years of professional leadership experience in various business portfolios. He possesses broad knowledge in stakeholder management with a proven track record in project execution including setting goals to ensure complete sustainable solutions for stakeholders. Deo has a proven record in advising, collaborating with strong partnerships across various spectrums of business and as such take clear responsibility in establishing strong competitive environments to ensure best value performance for the benefit of all stakeholders. With leadership and managerial experience gained over time, Deo aspires to continue broadening his skills at leading critical high valued projects, while adhering to implementing and executing cost effective policies resulting in significant bottom line performance with Deo holds a bachelor’s degree in Business administration (Makerere University) and an MBA in Finance from University of wales Cardiff. He has also served on boards of a number of companies within telecommunication, Banking, tourism and Hospitality sectors.


Ms. Eugenia Kayitesi

Eugenia is the Executive Director of the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research (IPAR-Rwanda) since February, 2014. She previously worked with the Commercial Bank of Rwanda for a period of 10 years where she held different roles, including but not limited to, Credit Analyst, Credit Manager, Compliance and Board Support Officer, and a Risk Management Manager. She is an Honors Graduate of Social Sciences from Makerere University, and has an MBA from Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands and is currently pursuing a PhD degree in Business Administration (Strategic Management) from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Eugenia also holds professional development certificates in Risk Management in Banking from Stockholm (Sweden) and School of Finance and Banking Kigali Rwanda. She serves as an advisory Board member of African Portal a research repository and an expert analysis hub on African Affairs based in South Africa and a Board member of KIM University in Kigali-Rwanda. She sits on the National Independent Review Panel (NIRP) for the Rwanda Public Procurement Authority (RPPA). Eugenia has featured in Regional and International workshops and Conferences both as a participant and a panelist.


Julianne K. Kayonga

Julianne K. Kayonga is Starbucks FSC Regional Manager since 2016. Before joining Starbucks, she worked with ACDI/VOCA Rwanda in improving the country’s food security. She consulted on different environmental impact assessments for USAID projects, and prior to that, she worked as Rural Finance Specialist for USAID Rwanda. Julianne holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resources Development, from Texas A&M University, a Certificate in Advanced International Affairs, Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the National University of Rwanda.


Mr. Nelson J.M Mainnah

Mr. Mainnah holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accounting) degree from the University of Nairobi. He is a member of Kenya Institute of Management and is an alumnus of INSEAD,France,where he obtained qualifications on Risk Management in Banking. He retired from CBA as Group Head of Enterprise Risk in April, 2012 after working at the bank for thirty eight years. Mr. Mainnah has considerable expertise in business management, credit and enterprise risk, and treasury operations. Nelson holds various board positions in the educational sector and offers financial leadership in various charitable organisations. He is currently involved in strategic leadership and risk management through consultancy services.


Ms. Rita M. Kamanzi

Rita is the Chief Human Resource Officer at AOS Ltd since September, 2015. Her main focus is human resource activities within the company. She has previously worked with renowned private and public institutions which include KT Rwanda Network, Rwanda Development Board, Rwanda Information Technology Authority and Kigali Institute of Education. Rita served as Director of e-Government at a time when the Government of Rwanda was implementing different strategic e-Government solutions and her responsibility was to coordinate all these initiatives at a national level. She has since played a vital role in the development of the Rwanda ICT Sector; covering areas of project management, policy formulation, sector strategic planning and execution, as well as M&E. She has served primarily within the public sector of Rwanda in the area of ICT in different capacities and is committed to serving the private sector in the same way, with her accumulated experience and knowledge. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science (Bangalore University) and MSc.IT, option Computer Science & Software Engineering from the University of Rwanda.