Board Members

KABERA TELESPHORE
SECRETARIAT COORDINATOR

Kabera is an experienced project manager, more especially in socio-economic domains with over thirteen years of experience through supporting service delivery, Research, Policy/Advocacy and Partnerships. He has got networking skills and also is an expert in entrepreneurship skills development and gender related matters. He has a bachelor’s degree in commerce and a Master’s degree in Project management.

Among his primary roles at Hope Iwacu Initiative includes tasks aimed at developing the organization’s vision and implementing the policies and procedures that allow Hope Iwacu’s vision to be accomplished. He also coordinates tasks at the secretariat office. Countries of experience includes; Rwanda, South Sudan, India, China, South Africa, Zambia, Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, among others.

AMANDA KAYUMBA
TREASURER, EXECUTIVE BOARD

She is a result-driven, highly-organized, dynamic and hardworking team player with previous notable experiences in managing communications, relationships and events in public, private and non-governmental organizations.

She is currently putting her effort in developing Administration and financial procedures manual of the organization. She is also in charge of designing fundraising strategies including other financial support services committed by board members and other partners.

 

UMULISA LILLIAN

BOARD MEMBER

In the year 2013, Umulisa Lilian volunteered with the Rwanda National Police, RNP as an intern in vigorously rolling out a trafficking prevention campaign (various operations) across the identified hot spots, impacting many Rwandan people. Through the prevention program, many unassisted victims of human trafficking were discovered. It had always been in Lilian’s heart to assist and empower victims rescued out of human trafficking, but the question at that time was, “How?”  

God gave her a clear calling to reach out to women and girls in forced prostitution. Having attended various seminars on ‘Assisting Victims of Human Trafficking’, and realizing that so many people are forced to sell their bodies, she is grasped by conviction that this is the very thing she needs to focus on! Since then, she has worked faithfully and courageously. Lilian is married, has a Bachelor’s Degree in Law/Human rights and a Master’s Degree in Gender and Development.

PASTOR JEAN CLAUDE NSENGIMANA
SECRETARY, EXECUTIVE BOARD

Nsengimana is a professional educator with extensive experience in community based education, early childhood education and youth learning, skilled in facilitation and decision making, trainer counsellor with many managerial, organizational capacities in community projects; devoted to minister the people and see transformation of individual lives and communities. He is married and holds a Bachelor of Arts, Psychology-Education and Master’s degree in planning and management of Education.

Besides evangelical message, The secretary of the board performs a myriad tasks aimed at managing the records and administrative functions of the team.

MUTAMBA COSSY

BOARD ADVISORY MEMBER

Cossy Mutamba, Rwandese citizen born in 1976. She studied both Society analysis at her bachelors degree and a masters program in Welfare administration and politics at Lillehammer University college in Norway. She acquired vast experience while working with the Norwergian Goverment sector at a local level both as a politician presenting the labour party and as a civil servant. She held other posts including the post of a social worker in Lillehammer municipality-Norway from 2003 – 2013.

Todate she is working as an advisor in charge of labour and welfare services ( NAV) at Porsgrunn municipality.Cossy joined hope iwacu iniative with strong motive to empower young Rwandan communities in reaching their goals.

KAYITABA TETA STELLA

SECRETARY, CONFLICT RESOLUTION SUB-COMMITTEE

She is a Market Development Representative of East African private company. She received an award as Most Valuable Player in Innovation. Teta received a Marketing degree from Mt. Kenya University.

Besides being a secretary of the resolutions su

b-committee for Hope Iwacu initiative, Teta is the Chairperson of FAWE Rwanda Alumni, a group of young women who are more active on Advocating for children and women’s rights in the rural communities.

Teta smiles when Rwandan girls are educated and become free from any form of gender based violence and drugs.

GAHIGI BOSCO
BOARD MEMBER

He is experienced in transnational Organized Crimes, with bias in Counter Human Trafficking Initiatives.

He extends his benefit of professionalism to new postgraduate students, and those who need foundation knowledge on Human Trafficking and counter Human Trafficking or other relevant courses including access and foundation. He is been an assistant lecturer at the National Police College, offering Police professional Studies, offered a number of training, to prosecutors and other related professional in ILPD-INYANZA-Rwanda in Transnational Organized Crimes. Bosco holds a Master of Science Degree in Criminal Investigation from Teesside University- UK, a Master of Arts in Peace Studies and Conflict transformation from the University of Rwanda and a Level 7 certificate in Strategic Leadership and Management from Chattered Management Institute (CMI) from Bramshill College in the United Kingdom-UK. In the year 2017, he committed himself to provide advisory support services to Hope Iwacu Initiative in order to achieve its noble goal.

 

KAGENZA ANITHA

CHAIRPERSON

Currently, working as finance head, Crystal ventures limited in Rwanda. Prior to joining crystal ventures, Anita worked with Inyange Industries for a period of two years as an accountant. She holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Catholic University of East Africa-Kenya and she is pursuing her professional ACCA qualification. Anita is so passionate in supporting girls and women who are struggling for their rights.

 

INGABIRE PHIONAH
VICE CHAIRPERSON, AUDITORS SUB-COMMITTEE

Phionah Ingabire, owns taarifa, a media house which is an online news platform. She is among the gender machineries who advocates for Women’s rights and always reserves a room for gender related dialogues on the above mentioned online platform.

Born as a refugee in Uganda, she moved to Rwanda in 1994 where she did her education. She is a Business and Finance graduate. She pursued various professional short courses and trainings on business partnerships, entrepreneurship, sales and marketing, strategic planning, among others.

Phiona has handled various assignments listed as follows;

  • 2014, Worked with Global FMCG companies like Unilever for 4 years as a regional sales manager

  • 2015, she worked with one of the world’s 5 top copy paper companies from Thailand called Double A, as a market consultant,

  • Phiona worked as the Rwanda CDE (Customer Development Executive) for ASTA tonners from china.

She finally started up her own company called Taarifa. See for further information its www.taarifa.rw

In brief she is a qualified marketer, researcher, women advocator, opinion writer, business developer and a committed practicing entrepreneur whose media house aims at becoming Africa’s Leading and Reliable Source of Information. She happily lives and works in Rwanda.

 

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