Valentine Rugwabiza

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Valentine Sendanyoye Rugwabiza has been the Chief Executive Officer of Rwanda Development Board since October 2013.

Rugwabiza serves as Deputy Director General at World Trade Organization.

She has extensive work experience in senior Government and private sector positions. Over the last three years, she has served simultaneously as Rwanda’s Permanent Representative to the UN in Geneva, Head of Delegation to the WTO and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Switzerland.

She also served as Deputy Head of Delegation for her country’s first Trade Policy Review in 2004.

Prior to her current assignment, she served as an Adviser at the Council of Economic and Social Affairs in the Office of the Rwandan President in Kigali.

In this capacity, she has represented the Government of Rwanda in numerous international conferences. Before joining government service in 2000, she managed her own company, which she had established on her return to Rwanda in 1997.

Previously she had worked for eight years as a Senior Manager with a major Swiss multinational company, first as Head of its Commercial Development and Marketing Operations for Central Africa, based in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and then as its Regional Manager for Central and West Africa, based in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.

She is a Founding Member of the Rwandese Private Sector Federation, the Rwanda Women Entrepreneurs’ Organization and the Rwandese Women Leaders’ Caucus.

She is Coordinator of the African Group in the WTO. She is one of the two Ambassadors representing the LDCs in the Integrated Framework Working Group.

She initiated the Integrated Framework in Rwanda. Amb. Rugwabiza obtained both her Degree and Masters Degree in Sciences from the National University of Zaire (now RDC) respectively in 1985 and 1988.

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