A few weeks before turning 29, Nathalie Niyonzima has reasons to celebrate. Last week, she was announced the new Managing Director of Inkomoko Business Development in Kigali.
After two years as Director of Operations and Finance at Inkomoko Business Development, Nathalie Niyonzima is ready to take on her new role as Inkomoko’s Managing Director from June 1st.
Nathalie has more than six years of experience in Finance, Human Resources and Administration from a range of international and local non-profits. She holds a BA from College of Business and Economics (former SFB), and she is a Certified Public Accountant from Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (Kasneb). She has done direct business development with some of Inkomoko’s clients, so she knows the business model of Inkomoko from top to bottom.
While her new role in many way adds to her field of expertise and experience, Nathalie is expecting to push herself to new heights as Managing Director.
“This role is exciting because it will cause me to grow. Whenever you meet a new challenge, you figure it out. This is how it is in this industry: new projects always come up, and they never come with a set manual. But eventually you find a solution. There are always a lot of surprises, and I like how it pushes me to do my best.”
Supporting promising Entrepreneurs
Inkomoko works with Rwanda’s most promising young businesses to develop powerful new strategies that accelerate their growth. As the Rwandan affiliate to African Entrepreneur Collective, Inkomoko supports Rwandan entrepreneurs through workshops, targeted consultancy, mentorship, and access to finance.
“Nathalie’s determination made her the right candidate for this position, and we have seen her grow to take on new challenges,” said Julienne Oyler, CEO of Inkomoko. “Inkomoko believes in the power of all people to contribute to the growth of Rwanda, and Nathalie is a skilled and able leader to grow our company, and in turn, grow young entrepreneurs. She understands the market, the opportunities, and how to help people reach them.”
One of the qualities that made Nathalie a perfect fit for the Managing Director role at Inkomoko is her dedication to the team’s work with entrepreneurs. Nathalie is a motivated team player, business coach and leader, who – in her own words – loves working with numbers and with people. Her new role combines her passions,
“The thing I am mostly excited about in this job is to work with a talented team of experts to help entrepreneurs shine. We can see their lives and businesses improve through what we do with them. This is a chance to prove that entrepreneurship breaks down barriers and gives people new chances.”
In addition to partnering with Bank of Kigali for the Urumuri Initiative, or working with Inkomoko’s 100 Rwandan entrepreneur clients, one of Nathalie’s opportunities also will be to support Inkomoko’s program of supporting up to 800 refugee and returnee entrepreneurs in Rwanda.
“When people live in peace and have better opportunities, it strengthens the community. As we empower entrepreneurs every day, our team will empower refugees to create sustainable businesses”, says Nathalie.
“Becoming Managing Director before turning 30 is something I had never imagined. It’s quite the milestone!” she laughs.
Quite the milestone indeed. We can’t wait to follow Nathalie in her new role – and to see how much she will contribute to Rwanda’s growth in years to come.
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