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Tricia Gatera

Executive Secretary

Tricia joined SDGC/A in April 2018 as an Executive Secretary, where she provides the office of the Director General with administrative support by preparing reports, handling information requests, and performing clerical functions such as preparing correspondence, receiving visitors, arranging conference calls, and scheduling meetings. Before joining SDGC/A, Tricia worked for the Rwanda Civil Society Platform as a Project Coordinator. During this post, Tricia lead the projects on Citizen Participation and Gender (Women Empowerment), which included researches, national dialogues and production of documentary videos that mainstreamed the connection between local leaders and the citizen issues and challenges that the leaders face while implementing policies and how the citizen take part in different activities. Citizen were encouraged to hold their leaders accountable for the development work they are tasked to achieve, especially within the “Economic Development and Poverty Reduction Strategy (EDPRS)” at both local and central level. For the Gender sector mostly she focused on projects that were advancing and strengthening women capacity to engender local and national planning and budgeting process. From the district level to the parliament and the Ministry of Gender and Family promotion, she made sure that women particularly knew what gender equality meant and how the national budget is used to address gender issues but also institutions that use the GBS understood the difference between social work and gender responses in their budget proposal and expenditures. The target with these projects also included improve district planning and budget to respond gender issues, Influence district planning and budgeting process, Improve existing consultation processes in planning and budgeting considering GRB principles.
Within the Rwanda Civil Society Platform, she also served as the Assistant to the Executive Secretary for one year, where she was in charge of reporting and organizing national dialogues and other meetings, providing annual reports and other administrative tasks.
Prior to this, she worked with the Shandong University Museum (Culture and History College)-International student affairs office as the Administrative Assistant and Event Organizer. She has also been an English and foreign culture part time teacher in high school at Weifang High School, served as the Secretary General of the Rwandan Diaspora in china for three years, she has also worked as the Assisting Director for Rwanda film festival and also was a Radio Presenter for two years.
Tricia holds a B.A in Creative Industries from the National University of Rwanda and a Masters of Cultural Asset Management from Shandong University-China. Tricia is a Rwandan citizen and is fluent in English, French and Kinyarwanda; she speaks a little mandarin also.
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Tricia Gatera

Tricia Gatera

Executive Secretary

Deo Rubangisa

Human Resources and Administration Manager
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Deo Rubangisa

Deo Rubangisa

Human Resources and Administration Manager

Donald Ndahiro

SDGs Advisor

Donald Ndahiro joined SDGC/A in July 2016 as an SDGs Advisor with main focus on Innovations, IT Solutions and Outreach Interventions. Before joining SDGC/A Donald worked as a Team Leader and Project Manager for The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) in Mayange Rwanda. During this time he coordinated the project planning, completion of work plans, budgets, procurement plans and reports; as well as building on strategic partnerships at national level with governmental organizations, NGOs, and private companies to advance the MVP’s strategic agenda. Before joining MVP, Donald served as a Regional Coordinator for World Vision Rwanda, and was involved in the Development Assistance Program for food security funded by USAID, with interventions in agriculture, health and rural income opportunities. Donald has experience in agriculture coordination for both the MVP and ZOA Refugee Care of which he was lead facilitator in the transition from relief to rehabilitation and a development phase of the program, involved with the development of grassroots based district development plans and was seconded at the province level as a planning officer. In addition, whilst working as the Site Manager for the Rwanda Agency for Rural Development, a local organization set up to resettle old case refugees returning to Rwanda after the 1994 genocide, he was able to identify areas suitable for settlement and those suitable for farming, introduced maize farming on a commercial scale and was responsible for promoting mechanized farming and tractor hire services. Donald has a MBA with a major in Management from Eastern Africa University of Baraton, as well as a MSc in Agricultural Economics and a BSc in Agriculture from Makerere University. Donald is a Rwandese native and is fluent in English and Kinyarwanda.

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Donald Ndahiro

Donald Ndahiro

SDGs Advisor

Enock Nyorekwa Twinoburyo, Ph.D.

Senior Economist

Enock joined the SDGC/A in April 2018 as a Senior Economist, where he is supporting the center's mandate of accelerating the SDG implementation by African Countries. This entails providing policy and technical support to the respective countries in the different areas of economic policy making and implementation. The primary focal are in the realm of financing for SDGs and predominantly tax revenue mobilization and other innovative ways of financing. Previously and over the last 11 years, Enock served as an economic advisor at the European Union Uganda since March 2015, at the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Uganda from October 2012 to February 2015 and at the Royal Danish Embassy in Uganda from June 2008 to September 2012.  He also served as the Chair to the Donor Economist Group (DEG) in Uganda since 2012. The roles include but not limited to; promoting coordinated, prioritized, and economically informed policy dialogue with Government and other stakeholders. He also has done part time economics lecturing at the Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU) and Kyambogo University Uganda. Enock also supervises academic thesis in other Universities as and when approached, as well as has peer reviewed journal papers namely the International Journal of Sustainable Economy and Ghanaian Journal of Economics. Additionally, he has published a number of journal articles in: International Journal of Sustainable Economy; Journal of Applied Economic Sciences, Contemporary Economics, Journal of Central Banking Theory and Practice, Journal of Bank and Bank Systems among others. Additionally published various economic newspaper articles in the local media in Uganda. Enock attained a PhD in economics from University of South Africa (UNISA), and prior to that he attained a Master of Arts in Economics with a focus on Monetary Economics, Public Expenditure Economics and Environment economics from University of Dar es Salaam (UDSM).  Enock previously had attained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Makerere University, Uganda. Enock is a Ugandan citizen and is fluent in English, Swahili and is interested in learning French.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-enoq-nyorekwa-twinoburyo-43925886/

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Enock Nyorekwa Twinoburyo, Ph.D.

Enock Nyorekwa Twinoburyo, Ph.D.

Senior Economist

Benjamin Rukundo

ICT Manager

Benjamin Rukundo Joined SDG Center for Africa in January 2017 as ICT Manager.  Previously he worked for the Millennium Promise Rwanda / Millennium Villages at various positions including ICT Manager, E-Health Specialist where he was responsible for coordinating the E-health Program and deploying e-solutions for Health, Agriculture, Education, Business Development and Infrastructure.

Since 2011 Benjamin worked as consultant for Jembi Health System as E-Health Specialist Programmer; he was responsible for developing and deploying e-health solution in Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.

Since 2006 he worked for Computer Optimal Solutions on various projects in analyzing, developing and deploying software for private and Government institutions.

He has experience in Server and Network Infrastructure administration, E-health solution Programming and Implementation, Software Development and Implementation, Database Management, Project Management and Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E).

Benjamin has MSs in Internet Systems from Kigali Independent University and BSs in Business Administration and Information Management from Adventist University of Central Africa.

Benjamin is a Rwandese native and is fluent in English, French and Kinyarwanda.

 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/benjamin-rukundo-3600b429/

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Benjamin Rukundo

Benjamin Rukundo

ICT Manager

Olive Dushime

SDGs Advisor
SDG Advisor

Olive joined SDGC/A in July 2017 as a SDGs Advisor.  Before  joining the SDGC/A , Olive Worked  as Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) in Mayange Rwanda; she served Millennium Villages Project in its key sectors ( Health, Agriculture, Education, Business Development and Infrastructure) providing expertise on all aspects of Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) practices and policies through development of indicators, targets and methodologies for measuring, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of the project interventions against meeting the set Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).  Prior to join the project, she worked as Data Analyst Individual Consultant with several organizations on various projects including maternal and child health, infectious and tropical disease prevention, water and sanitation, education and capacity building programs.

Olive holds a Master of Science in Mathematical Sciences from African Institute for Mathematical Sciences/Senegal and a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Statistics from the Institute of Applied Sciences/Ruhengeri. Olive is a Rwandan native and is fluent in Kinyarwanda, English and French.

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Olive Dushime

Olive Dushime

SDGs Advisor

Pierre Celestin Munyaneza, ACCA

Accountant

Pierre Celestin Munyaneza joined the SDGC/A in April 2018. He is a Chartered Certified Accountant with 10 years of experience in Budgeting, Treasury management, Accounts reconciliation & financial reporting. Previously, he worked at the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) and was also a Tutorial assistant at the School of Finance and Banking before joining Caisse Sociale du Rwanda in treasury, as well as in the accounting unit. Pierre is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and holder of a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with specialization in Accounting. He is currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Financial Engineering (MSFE) program. Pierre is a Rwandan citizen and speaks English, French, and Kinyarwanda.

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Pierre Celestin Munyaneza, ACCA

Pierre Celestin Munyaneza, ACCA

Accountant

Yigrem Kassa

SDG Advisor, Development Financing

Yigrem Kassa joined the SDGC/A in January 2018 as SDG Advisor, Development Financing, which his roles and responsibilities include conducting research in the area of development finance, coordinating other development finance initiatives including facilitating revitalization of development banks through identification of their needs and implementing capacity building programs, facilitating sharing of best practice and fostering cross learning among development banks  and promoting better awareness on the role of development banks on financing SDGs among policy makers and key stakeholders in Africa. He spent nearly two decades working in the area of development finance and his previous role ranged from development finance policy making, practitioner, trainer and consultant.

He started his career from a humble background of Junior Bank Officer and reached to Director of Microfinance Institution Supervision Directorate at the Central Bank of Ethiopia. In this role he made a critical contribution in drafting financial sector policies, regulations and directives in Ethiopia by benchmarking best practices around the world, supervised and provided technical support to Banks and Microfinance institutions including Development Finance Institutions. Later he joined Vision Fund International (a network of over 37 MFIs around the world) as Regional Business Development Manager for West Africa based in Accra, Ghana and then for East Africa Region based in Nairobi, Kenya and he played a vital role in providing technical support and transforming the MFIs to be successful in their operation, services and positively impacting the lower income section of the population. He also worked as Business and Financial Sector Consultant for Colombia Global Center (CGC)-MDG Center for Eastern and Southern Africa, Nairobi, Kenya and Deputy Chief of Party for BRACED (Building Resilience and Adaptation to Climate Extremes and Disasters) program at Mercy Corps International in Ethiopia where in his role contributed a lot in building resilience of the community through designing and implementing effective market based financial service interventions. He has published articles in development finance and contributed to a book titled “Microfinance Regulation for Development, Global Experience” published by Bangladesh MRA. Yigrem Kassa holds B.A degree in Business Administration, Masters in Microfinance from University of Bergamo, Italy and attended development finance related international training and exposure visit programs in Africa, Asia and U.S.A. He is pursuing his research based PhD in development studies at University of South Africa (UNISA).  Yigrem Kassa is an Ethiopian and fluent in English and Amharic.

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Yigrem Kassa

Yigrem Kassa

SDG Advisor, Development Financing

Ignace Ruty Gasasira

Accounting and Logistics Manager
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Ignace Ruty Gasasira

Ignace Ruty Gasasira

Accounting and Logistics Manager

Ambrose Rwaheru Aheisibwe, PhD

SDG Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation| Projects

Ambrose Rwaheru Aheisibwe joined the SDGC/A in November 2019 as SDG Advisor, Monitoring & Evaluation, that entails developing innovative monitoring, evaluation and reporting (MER) systems, implementing, analyzing and documenting outcomes and success stories or failures of the SDGC/A implemented project(s). Besides, he will provide technical expertise to the governmental and non-governmental partners on strategic planning and capacity building on appropriate data collection techniques and analysis methodologies as well as strengthening monitoring and reporting systems and processes for fast tracking and reporting of progress on SDGs across Africa.

Over the last 12 years, Ambrose has served different institutions as a lecturer/consultant at Makerere University Business School (MUBS) and Uganda Management Institute (UMI) and as a Socio-economist/Monitoring & Evaluation specialist at National Agricultural Research organization (NARO). He has huge experience in designing, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of research and development projects, conducting socio-economic, value chain analysis as well as impact studies using standard statistical and econometric software packages. Ambrose has also supervised academic research as an internal and external examiner for other universities as and when approached. Furthermore, Ambrose has published a number of journal articles in: Journal of Economics and Sustainable Development, Journal of Economics and Behavioral Studies, Fishers and Aquaculture Journal, Journal of Development and Agricultural Economics and Ugandan Journal of Agricultural Sciences.  Ambrose has a PhD in Economics from University of Dar es salaam (UDSM) specializing in Development Economics and Econometrics, a Master of Arts degree in Economics with a focus on Agricultural and Health Economics from Makerere University (MAK) under collaborative programs of African Economic Research Consortium (AERC).  Ambrose had attained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Makerere University, Uganda and a National Diploma in Purchasing and Supplies Management from Uganda College of Commerce, Kabale. Ambrose is a Ugandan citizen, married and is fluent in English and Swahili.

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Ambrose Rwaheru Aheisibwe, PhD

Ambrose Rwaheru Aheisibwe, PhD

SDG Advisor, Monitoring and Evaluation| Projects

James Ngulube

Agricultural Specialist, The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Center for Southern Africa

James Ngulube joined the Sustainable Development Goals Centre for Africa (SDGC/A), Sub-Regional Center for Southern Africa, on 18th November, 2019 as Agricultural Specialist. He has spent more than 7 years in agriculture policy engagement, research and project management arena. He has worked for various organizations, starting with Dunavant Zambia Limited, Agricultural Consultative Forum as Programme Assistant, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations as an Analyst, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre (CIMMYT) as Socio Economist for Socio-Economics Programmes in Zambia and a Consultant for the World Bank on the development of Climate Smart Agriculture Analytical Framework for Zambia. James Ngulube holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Zambia and a Masters’ Degree in Agricultural Economics from University of Pretoria (South Africa).

James Ngulube has vast experience in research, managing projects, Partnerships, data base, developing concept notes and proposals for funding and designing monitoring and evaluation systems. He is a competent user of SPSS, STATA, Power Point and E-Views, a team player, quick learner, honest and open minded with good analytical skills.

 

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jamesngulube-5169b174

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James Ngulube

James Ngulube

Agricultural Specialist, The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Center for Southern Africa

Koffi Ange Houngbedji, MD, MPH

Public Health Specialist

Dr Koffi joined SDGC/A in November 2017 as a SDGs Advisor, Public Health specialist where he is assisting the SDGC/A in building up the best practice in public health system in African countries to curb health challenges with regard to sustainable access and quality to healthcare. 

Previously he was working for International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Cote d’Ivoire as Health Coordinator and overseen IRC’s health strategy in the country, provided technical and managerial authority over five health programs related to Primary health care/health system strengthening, maternal and child health , Epidemiological surveillance/Global Health Security Agenda/ Ebola, water-hygiene-sanitation programs with a budget of over $ 12 million.

He has worked also for UNICEF as Health Specialist (PMTCT/Pediatric Care) in the office of UNICEF in Kinshasa (Democratic Republic of Congo). In addition he has worked for Médecins Sans Frontières in different countries (DRC, Niger, Chad, Mozambique) in various positions as Medical coordinator, Deputy Medical coordinator, Program coordinator, field coordinator, Clinical Adviser and had led primary health care, HIV/AIDS, PMTCT/Pediatric Care, reproductive health care, malnutrition and emergency programs.  He worked also as Director of Private Hospital in Benin.

He has a proven track record in curriculum development and capacity building of government and non-governmental partners, as well as extensive experience cultivating collaborate relationships among various stakeholders and partners for effective programming.

He hold a Master of Public Health (MPH) from the Prince Leopold Institute of Tropical Medicine in Belgium, a Doctor of Medicine degree (MD) from the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin and an University Degree in Community Health in Tropical Environments from Catholic University of Lille in France and University of Benin  . Dr Koffi is Benin citizen and is fluent in French, English and Portuguese.

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Koffi Ange Houngbedji, MD, MPH

Koffi Ange Houngbedji, MD, MPH

Public Health Specialist

Maureen Mupeta Chisenga

Secretary & Administrative Assistant, The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Centre for Southern Africa

Ms. Chisenga joined The SDGC/A in September, 2019 as Secretary & Administrative Assistant for The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Centre for Southern Africa, in Lusaka, Zambia. Prior to that, she worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zambia as Secretary under the Department of Human Resource and Administration. She also worked as Diplomat at the High Commission of the Republic of Zambia in Windhoek, Namibia from 2012 to 2016. She has also worked as Secretary in various private sector organisations.

Ms. Chisenga pursued her Secretarial courses in Zambia. Her work experience in Diplomatic Mission, Private and Public sector has opened opportunities for her to work and engage with people from all levels in the diplomatic circles, private sector as well as in the civil service. She is a Zambian national, born in Zambia and fluent in English, Bemba, Nyanja and Lamba.

 

 

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Maureen Mupeta Chisenga

Maureen Mupeta Chisenga

Secretary & Administrative Assistant, The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Centre for Southern Africa

Prisca Chitulangoma

Human Resources and Administration Officer, The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Centre for Southern Africa

Ms Prisca Chitulangoma joined the SDGC/A in September 2020 as Human Resources and Administration Officer for The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Centre for Southern Africa in Lusaka, Zambia.

She is passionate about incorporating human relations with business processes in order to help companies achieve their strategic objectives. Her expertise includes human resource planning, performance management, full cycle recruitment and selection, conducting job evaluation and analysis and application of relevant labour law. Additionally, the development and implementation of customised HR business solutions focusing on improving performance quality that suit prevailing business needs.

Prior to The SDGs Center, she worked with the National Pension Scheme Authority under the human resources departments where she was working on monitoring and regulating country wide Information Technology (IT) systems for business processes that extended to Administration, Procurement, Finance, Investments, Projects, Internal Audit, Corporate Affairs, Legal, Information Technology, Strategy and the core business Contributions and Benefits. Further, she played a key role during the organisations restructuring period where she was in charge of creating a data base of the institution’s jobs, providing input during the baseline study for the framework that was used to restructure the job responsibilities.

In addition, she contributed to the designing of a custom based Human Resources Information System (Oracle) with a team of consultants that managed staff information and all Human Resource (HR) related transactions. She also managed the Institutions Administration budget in collaboration with the Administration Manager for all offices country wide and core to this budget included both capital and non-capital items. Central to this unit was contract management with various vendors which extended to security, fleet management, Insurance services cleaning and landscaping. Other roles involved monitoring and evaluating building projects country wide and reporting on the progress. Also ensuring old properties country wide were well maintained and in good condition for occupation. This also extended to the hotels, office blocks and shopping malls across the country that the institution built.

In 2009, she worked at the Bank of Zambia under the human resources department. Where she was involved in full cycle Human Resources (HR) processes and procedures as well as providing administrative services to other Bank departments.
She also had an opportunity to volunteer with Restless Development in Zambia working on various projects ranging from advocacy for women, HIV/AIDS, life skills and matters around Sexual Reproductive Health with regards policy formulation, implementation and monitoring.

Ms. Chitulangoma holds a Master’s Degree in International Human Resources Management from Rome Business School in Italy, a Post Graduate Diploma in International Business from the Manhattan Institute of Management in the United States of America, a Degree in Human Resources Management from the Copperbelt University and a Diploma in Human Resources Management from Evelyn Hone College in the Republic of Zambia respectively. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Laws Degree with the University of Zambia.
She is a Zambia national, born in Zambia. She is fluent English and other local languages.

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Prisca Chitulangoma

Prisca Chitulangoma

Human Resources and Administration Officer, The SDGC/A Sub-Regional Centre for Southern Africa

 

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