Rwandan Advisory Board

Francis Gatare

Francis Gatare is Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Mines, Petroleum & Gas Board. He is also a member of Cabinet in the Government of Rwanda. Previously, Francis was CEO of the Rwanda Development Board, and also served as Principal Private Secretary to H.E Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda. He has also been Chief Economist and Deputy Head of Policy and Strategy in the Office of the President, Director General of the Rwanda Investment & Export Promotion Agency, and Rwanda’s Representative to the NEPAD Steering Committee of the African Union. He joined Government after 5 years with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Francis Gatare studied Economics at University, and is a Mason Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School.

Emmanuel Hategeka

Emmanuel Hategeka is the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Trade and Industry. He is focused on creating Innovative programs for job creation, export diversification and recapturing the domestic market in Rwanda.

Eric Kacou

Eric Kacou is the Co-founder of Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESPartners).He was raised in Cote d’Ivoire, and his passion is enterprise solutions to poverty for Africa and the rest of the developing world. Eric is actively engaged in consulting and investing across Africa.Rwanda is one of ESPartners key focus countries.

Arthur Karuletwa

Arthur Karuletwa is a Rwandan-American. He is the Global Coffee Traceability Director for Starbucks Coffee Company in Seattle. Ten years after the 1994 genocide, he returned to his native home of Rwanda to play a role in the economic and social recovery of a post-genocide era, as a consultant under the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce. Karuletwa currently leads the development and implementation of Starbucks’ end-to-end traceability system—a system he co-developed to make the connection from the farmer to the customer in more than 20 countries. Karuletwa is also a 2009 Legatum Fellow at MIT.

Larissa Kaze

Larissa Kaze was raised in Rwanda and Burundi and is currently a Financial Analyst at the Boeing Company. Ms. Kaze is a past Co-President and an active member of the Burundian Diaspora of North America. Larissa received her Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics from Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan.

Hope Murera

Mrs. Hope Murera (CEO/Managing Director) LLB and MBA, is a qualified lawyer by training. Hope has been with ZEP-RE Reinsurance Company in Nairobi, Kenya since 2002. Hope formerly served as Managing Director of SONARWA of Rwanda and has over 20 years working experience in the insurance and reinsurance industry.