Rwanda Internet Governance Forum, (RWIGF) 30 November 2021, Marriot - Kigali



Internet in Post COVID-19 era-Lessons learned.

RWIGF forum brings together public and private sector stakeholders along the entire civil society to discuss pertinent issues, opportunities and frameworks needed to be a digital nation.

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Our Speakers

Managing Director
Mara Phones Rwanda Managing Director

Eddy Sebera is the Managing Director of Mara Phones Rwanda. He also served as Country Manager for Garda World and Regional Manager for KK Security Group of Companies with overall responsibility for Rwanda, Burundi and Congo (DRC) for 13 years before joining the Mara Phones. Prior to that, Eddy served as Chief Operating Officer for BCS Rwanda, Warranty Manager for Combase Africa and Financial Analyst for Liquid Africa in South Africa. Eddy is a Board Member of various companies in Rwanda and in Mauritius.

Country Director
Violette Uwamutara
Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Rwanda Country Director

Violette Uwamutara is a Regional Advisor Africa and Country Director of Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) Rwanda, and a leader in bridging the digital divide in Africa. A former diplomat with the Government of Rwanda, Violette is committed to transforming Africa into a digital innovation hub with young women at the centre. In partnership with the World Economic Forum’s Internet for All Initiative, Rwanda’s Ministry of ICT and Innovation, and DOT, Violette led the launch of the Digital Ambassador Program, which places youth at the centre of large-scale digital transformation in local communities; Violette also serves as regional advisor for the multinational expansion of the initiative. She sits on the YouthConnekt Africa and Girl Effect Rwanda committees and has been recognized with the prestigious Anita Borg International Change Agent Award, in recognition of her commitment to the role of women in Rwanda’s future as an information technology and innovation hub in Africa. In 2016, Violette was named one of the top 25 Distinguished Women in Business Excellence in Africa. Violette’s areas of expertise include empowering young women and men to bridge the digital divide, cross-sectoral partnerships for digital transformation at scale, and building the leadership capacity of youth.

General Manager of ICT Regulation
Charles Gahungu
RURA General Manager of ICT Regulation

Charles Gahungu is the General Manager of ICT Regulation at RURA. He also served as Chief Technology Officer at KTRN Prior to that, charles served as Head of Technical Planning Department at BSC

Chief Executive Officer
Mitwa Kaemba Ng'ambi
MTN-RWANDA Chief Executive Officer

Mitwa Ng’ambi is a telecom professional with a career spanning more than 10 years in the telecoms industry. She is the first female to be appointed Chief Executive Officer of MTN Rwanda, a role she currently holds. MTN is the largest mobile network operator in Rwanda. Prior to joining MTN, she served as CEO in Ghana and Senegal for AirtelTigo and Tigo respectively. Mitwa has an educational background in Technology having graduated with a Masters degree from the University of Eastern Finland. She has over the years, held various roles across commercial and business operations in MTN, Airtel and Tigo, as well as gained the unique experience of Telecomms mergers and acquisitions.   She is originally from Zambia but has spent the last 10 years in various countries around the African continent.

Chief Executive Officer
Clarisse Iribagiza
HeHe Chief Executive Officer

Clarisse is the Chief Executive Officer of HeHe, a leading technology company she founded 10 years ago. HeHe’s vision to enable Africans to live a life of abundance by optimizing supply chains to match demand and supply. HeHe is now the largest e-commerce business in Rwanda, digitizing over 200 businesses, and serving 3 million consumers across Africa. Since 2016, Clarisse has also served as a member of the African Development Bank’s Presidential Youth Advisory Group that provides an important platform for the Bank to hear directly from young changemakers on ways to harness the skills, talents, and ideas of Africa’s youth. She advises on issues relating to the Future of Work, in line with the Bank’s vision is to build inclusive and transformative African economies where young people across different countries, socio-economic strata, rural-urban divides, gender, and age groups have access to productive, sustainable opportunities for employment and entrepreneurship. In 2019, Clarisse was appointed to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) as an eTrade for Women Advocate, an initiative aimed at harnessing the positive impact of digital technology, combined with the transformative power of female entrepreneurship to help accelerate wealth creation and poverty reduction in developing countries. For her work, Clarisse has won several accolades including Forbes 30 under 30 for 2015 and 2016. In 2013, the First Lady of Rwanda recognized her as one of the Imbuto Foundation's "Celebrating Young Rwandan Achievers". In 2017, she was named as one of OkayAfrica's 100 Women.

Strategy Manager
Arthur Franzon
IREMBO Strategy Manager

Arthur is the Strategy Manager of Irembo. Within this position, Arthur is in charge of building long-term strategic plans as well as defining Irembo future development. Prior to Irembo, Arthur was a Manager at Bain & Company, a global management consulting firm, where he spent five years creating, developing and implementing business strategies for private and public organizations, in close collaboration with senior executives across Europe, North America and Africa. During this time, he had a strong focus on Mergers and Acquisitions and a large exposure to the technology sector. Before this, he was a Private Equity Analyst at Meeschaert Capital Partners, working on both LBOs and growth equity investments. Arthur graduated from ESCP Business School in Paris with a MSc in Economics and Business. Arthur is passionate about sport (football, cycling), music (saxophone, piano) and French literature.


A strategic thinker and technology transformation champion, Pierre is seasoned telecommunications engineer who has served on tech startups boards which have provided him with the necessary skills to understand strategic business environments, good governance and what a company’s key drivers need to be to remain relevant, competitive and of course innovative for their sustainability. Pierre is currently Airtel Money Rwanda Director and couples his role with the Regulatory and Government Relations at Airtel

Head of Special Economic Zone and Exports Department
RDB Head of Special Economic Zone and Exports Department

Diane SAYINZOGA has extensive work experience in trade and investment promotion, strategic planning, business analysis, policy advisory and wide knowledge on the integration of the business sector of developing countries into the global economy with a special focus on SMEs and women in business. Since July 2017, she is the Head of Special Economic Zone and Exports Department at Rwanda Development Board (RDB). Prior to that she worked with the International Trade Centre (ITC) as Advisor in the office of Executive Director, under the Mo Ibrahim Leadership Fellowship program. Before joining ITC, Diane worked for RDB as Services Development Division manager in charge of promoting Service sector investments. From 2012to 2014 she was the RDB’s Trade Development Division manager, under that position, Mrs. Diane has designed and implemented different export promotion initiatives that aimed at promoting Rwandan products in regional and international markets. She started her career at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) in January 2007 as Strategic Planner and Business Analyst. In addition, she is a Board Member of “University Teaching Hospitals” in Rwanda and she is also a Board member of Local Administrative Entities Development Agency (LODA). She has an advanced Masters in International and Development Economics from the Economic School of Louvain - Belgium and a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. Diane is married and mother of three.”

Executive Secretary
Dr Ally Simba
EACO Executive Secretary

Dr Ally Simba received his B.Sc. (Hons.) degree in Electronics Science and Communications from the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in 1998, and the M.E and Ph.D. degrees in Electronics and Information Engineering from Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, in 2003 and 2006, respectively. Currently, he is the Executive Secretary of East African Communications Organization (EACO). A position he held since 1st August 2017. EACO is a regional organisation responsible for communications sector policy harmonisation in East African region and is headquartered in Kigali Rwanda under the hosting agreement between the Government of Rwanda and EACO signed in September 2012. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Simba has been the Director of Knowledge Management with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH) and Director General of the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA). He has over 16 years of experience in the communication industry where he has worked as an Engineer with a mobile phone operator, as a researcher, as regulator and as policy maker with the Central Government of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Chief Executive Officer
Alex Ntare
ICT CHAMBER Chief Executive Officer

Alex Ntare is Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda ICT Chamber where his work involves bridging the gap between private and public sector players in the ICT industry as well as overseeing and establishing new innovation centres for technology startups among them KLAB, Fablab Rwanda and a new Applied Research Labs. Before ICT Chamber Alex was a freelancer software developer and lecturer at Université Libre de Kigali, in faculty of Finance and Banking. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Investment and Quantitative Finance from the University of Westminster in United Kingdom, a Postgraduate Diploma in Strategic Business Information Technology from National Computing Centre (NCC Education) in UK as well as a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science from Makerere University in Uganda.

Independent ICT and Media Consultant
Consultancy Independent ICT and Media Consultant

● ICT4D Consultant – Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) 2016 - 2019 ● Consultant – East African Digitalisation Project – CINET@EA (GIZ) 2019 ● Consultant - Expanding ONA to the EAC and Development of EAC guidelines on cross-border financial transactions - Support to East African Market Driven and People Centered Integration (SEAMPEC) by GIZ (2019 – September 2020) ● Consultant - TMEA Regional E-Commerce Project (2018 - 2019) ● Chief Coordinator, NCTA (Northern Corridor Technology Alliance) (2014 - 2018) ● Consultant - Scoping Study on the Implementation of the Niger 2.0 and the Operationalization of the Sadore Innovation and Technology hub (AfDB) ● Special Advisor – ICT Chamber Board ● Project Lead – Design Development and Implementation of the Rwanda Local Government Portal with 30 District Websites and several Ministries’ web portals (2007 - 2010) ● Project Lead – Migration of Rwanda web presence from multiple Content management Systems to the National Standard Typo3 (2010 - 2011) ● Public Relations Officer – RwandaTel (2000 - 2001) ● Director, Production, Programs & Broadcasting – ORINFOR (Now Rwanda Broadcasting Agency) 1995 – 2000 ● TV/Documentaries producer, Uganda Television service – 1991 – 1993 ● Documentaries producer, MediaPlus – 1993 - 1995 ● Bureau Chief – JATIB (Japan African Technology Investment Bureau – 2017-2019) ● Board member AFRINIC – The Internet Numbers Registry for Africa (2019)

Chief Executive Officer
Innocent Bagamba Muhizi
RISA Chief Executive Officer

Innocent Muhizi is the Chief Executive Officer of RISA. He also served as Regional CIO at AB Bank - Rwanda, Zambia, Liberia. Prior to that, Innocent Muhizi served as CIO and Head of IT and Transactional Banking Services at I & M Bank ( Rwanda) Limited. He acted as the chief information officer and technical adviser to the Office of the President, The technology administration and management of the institution, and Responsible for all the IT projects and their Implementation.

Our Agenda