meet our team

JULIENNE OYLER, FOUNDER AND EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

African Entrepreneur Collective is led by social entrepreneur Julienne Oyler, who brings more than 10 years of experience working in education and international development. With a BA in African History from Georgetown University and an MBA from Yale School of Management, Julienne is a visionary strategist, passionate about developing human capital, and rooted in data-driven decision-making. Having lived in Africa several times and travelled extensively throughout the continent, Julienne understands the tremendous need for and opportunity to bolster small-medium enterprise development with a focus on local relevancy. Prior to founding AEC, Julienne served as the Director of Development and Communications at College Track, a national after-school program in the US. In addition, she has held leadership and strategic consulting positions at a number of organizations including African Leadership Academy, Capital Partners for Education, and at the Yale School of Management.

SARA LEEDOM, co-founder and coo

Sara Leedom is a founding Board Member of African Entreprenuer Collective, and serves as the Managing Director of the Inkomoko accelerator in Rwanda. Most recently, Sara was a Shell Foundation consultant to IntelleGrow, a social impact debt fund in Mumbai, focused on loans to SMEs in India. Sara has 15 years experience growing and managing social impact organizations, and through Leedom Consulting, a boutique firm based in San Francisco, she provided operations and fundraising strategy to growing nonprofits and social enterprises. Sara is the former Interim Executive Director and Director of Strategy for the Level Playing Field Institute in California, and also developed affordable housing throughout the US. An MBA from Oxford’s Said Business School, Sara was the 2013 co-chair of the Oxford Business Network for Africa, where she hosted and honored HE President Paul Kagame at the annual Oxford conference.

Albert Njau, relationship manager at anza tanzania

Albert Njau is our Loan Officer in Tanzania, working with clients in the Anza program.  With more than four years of experience facilitating Tanzania entrepreneurs to access microfinance services for enterprise development, Albert has held the position of Community Development Officer and as Credit Officer for a microfinance NGO, in an effort to improve access to financial services for low and middle income families. Prior to that, he worked with Vunjo Village Community Bank, mobilizing small entrepreneurs to form groups to access group loans. Albert also has a passion and background in coordinating and delivering business development trainings to entrepreneurs on avenues to access financial services and business formalisation. He has a BA from MUCCOBs in Microfinance and Enterprise Development.

Ashley Hollister,  Evaluation Manager

Ashley oversees company-wide and project-based monitoring and evaluation work. She brings over five years experience building the internal evaluation capacity of non-governmental organizations, higher education institutions, and UN system organizations and specific expertise in gender-sensitive and participatory research methodologies. Ashley has provided evaluation quality review services for UNFPA and conducted evaluations for global programs focused on social protection, workforce development and education, including for Inkomoko’s partner Akilah Institute. She holds a Master of Public Administration from Cornell University and a Master of Social Work from University of Michigan - Ann Arbor.

claude mazimpaka, portfolio manager of AEC Rwanda

Claude Joined AEC Rwanda in January 2017. He has a Bachelor of Management, MBA from Kabale University(Uganda) and he is a PHD Finalist in Strategic Management at School of Business and Management at JOMO Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). He has 11 years of experience in Banking and NGO sector. Claude joined Microfinance institution in 2005 where he held different positions such as Accountant, Internal auditor, Branch Manager at UCT Microfinance. He later Joined Kenya Commercial Bank where he occupied the positions of operations Manager, Business analyst, Branch Manager in Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. Prior to joining AEC Rwanda, Claude was working with Business Professionals Network (BPN Rwanda) Switzerland NGO as Head of SMEs credit, Selection and Coaching. Claude is a member of Institute of Policy Analysis and Research, IPAR-Rwanda, A Network of Rwandan Researchers. He has so far published two papers on Entrepreneurship in International Journal of small Business and Entrepreneurship-research/ European – America Journal.

David Karuranga, AIP Program Coordinator

David coordinates trainings and general operations at the African Innovation Prize. He has a degree in Monetary Economics from the College of Business and Economics, Huye Campus. Prior to joining as staff member, David served as AIP’s student ambassador for 3 years where he was in charge of recruiting and coordinating young enthusiastic student leaders across partner universities to serve as student ambassadors. He was the 2014 President of Junior Chamber International NUR local Chapter.

Deo Gakuba, Accounting Manager

Deo joined Inkomoko in August 2015. Deo graduated from the University of Rwanda, School of Finance and Banking with a Degree in Business Administration, specializing in Accounting. He has worked in accounting and finance roles at a variety of organizations, including Urwego Opportunity Bank, Songa Designs, and Think Impact. He has more than four years of experience in the country’s enterprise community, and through volunteer and internship programs, he has also worked with Oxfam GB, Microfinance Transparency, and Indego Africa Project. At Inkomoko, Deo will be responsible for client financing, financial reporting, bookkeeping, tax declaration, and more.

Emanuel Ngowi, Anza Business Development Advisor

Emanuel facilitates training and provides business and finance consulting for the cohort of social businesses at Anza 360.  He is a CPA and holder of an MBA from Moshi Co-operative University, as well as a BA in Accounting and Finance from from MUCCoBS. Emanuel has been supporting SME development for several years, working first as a Business Development Service Advisor for Matchmaker Associate, and now with Anza 360.  Prior to that he was a Corporate Insurance Brokers for two years as an accountant.  And we love that he is able to take complicated accounting principles and make them practical for entrepreneurs!

EMERY MUSONERWA BAHATI, RELATIONSHIP MANAGER AT AEC RWANDA

Emery has a Bachelor’s degree in Economics (Money and Banks) and pursuing a Master’s degree in Development Economics at University of Rwanda (UR) former National University of Rwanda (NUR).

He has 4 years’ experience in Banking Sector. He held recently a title of SME’s Assistant Manager at Urwego Opportunity Bank Ltd. He also worked with AB Bank Rwanda Ltd,  where he held the position of Credit Supervisor/Group Leader. Prior to joining the Financial Sector, Emery worked as a Surveyor at the Centre for Economic and Social Studies.  He is also an active member of the Economic and Policy Research Network (EPRN) that brings together all Rwandan Economists and Researchers. Through the Network, Emery acquired trainings on the topic of policy analysis (policy impact assessment), and numerous economic related trainings. “Success depends on where intention is”.

Eric Nshimiyimana, Business Development Associate, Inkomoko

Eric has 10 years of experience training, coaching, and advising SMEs and cooperatives in business development, entrepreneurship, finance, taxation, bookkeeping, and human resources. He is fully committed to helping entrepreneurs strengthen and grow their businesses. Eric holds a Masters in Business Administration from Kabale University and a Bachelors in Business Administration from the National University of Rwanda.

Fabrice Ndayisaba, Business Development Associate, inkomoko

Fabrice Ndayisaba, Business Development Associate(BDA), holds a Bachelor’s degree in accounting Science, he has worked with local and international companies and NGOs Organizations as an accountant, Financial Controller, Financial Manager, Financial Advisor, Managing Director and he is a Rwanda Revenue Authority Certified Tax Advisor.

Felix NIYITEGEKA, Business Development Manager, inkomoko

Felix holds bachelor’s degree in Economics from National University of Rwanda. Before joining Inkomoko, Felix worked for Frontiers Adventures Great Lakes, on project under EDC Akazi kanoze training, and he trained more than 200 fresh graduates from universities around the country in Work Readiness Program. He also worked for DOT Rwanda as a Business Coach whereby he trained on business start ups, business coaching and business planning. Felix is highly experienced in conducting business trainings and advisory/consulting services. In 2014 and 2015 Felix was on training and judging team for business competition under Youth Connekt event organized by Ministry of Youth&ICT. With high commitment, Felix is a motivated Business development advisor, ready to work on the best of the community development.

Gisele Ingenere, Business Analyst, Inkomoko

Gisele has over 2 years of experience working as a chief accountant/ Administration at Imana Steel, Bugesera. She also worked as loan & risk officer at Vision fund Rwanda. Gisele holds a master’s degree in Business Administration with a specialization in project management from the University of STES Rwanda. Prior to that she completed her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the University of Bharathidasan university in India where she obtained an Upper Second Class. She is highly motivated, responsible and dedicated to finance and Business Development professional with sound knowledge and experience in accounts, sales & Marketing, research, data correction & data entry.

Grace Mugabekazi, CONSULTANT

Grace is a business development professional who has over five years of professional experience supporting startup and young organisations, focused on entrepreneurship development and creation of employment. Grace holds a degree in Economics, with a major in Development Studies, obtained at the National University of Rwanda. She is the 2015 elect National Vice President of the Junior Chamber International in Rwanda, and a mentor at kLab for tech start-ups. Before Inkomoko, Grace managed the operations of Regent University’s Business Development Centre in Rwanda, and spearheaded Communications and Development at Digital Opportunity Trust Rwanda.

Grace Laureen Umutoni, Business Development Associate, inkomoko

Grace holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Uganda Christian University and a Master’s degree in Management and Entrepreneurship at Sussex University. Grace is fluent in English and Kinyarwanda. She has a strong background in both Communication and Entrepreneurship. She has experience from working with Rwanda Development Board in the Public Relations and Communication department and experience working with The Rwanda Private Sector Federation as an Entrepreneurship Specialist.

Tuzinde Henry Mundende, Business Analyst, Inkomoko

Tuzinde graduated from the former National University of Rwanda in Agricultural economics and Agribusiness in 2012. He has served through DOT Rwanda as community facilitator and coach to over 200 hundred young people and women about entrepreneurship, basic ICT, He served as Agribusiness Advisor and Sales with Faim Africa Ltd, an International Agribusiness Company based in Rwanda, He also started a hardware business in Kigali as sales consultant, and he is passionate about business growth and entrepreneur development.

JEAN CLAUDE NKUSI, CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Jean Claude Nkusi oversees all Web and Graphic Design, Marketing, and Networking. Prior to joining AEC's Inkomoko accelerator, Jean Claude worked as an IT Technician/Webmaster at Contact FM Radio Station in Kigali. He holds various Certificates and Diplomas in CISCO Networking, Computer Repair and Maintenance, Electronics, Web Design, Graphic Design, Database Design and Programming. With over 4 years of work experience, Jean Claude is an experienced designer.

Lydia Irambona, Director of Special Projects, Inkomoko

Lydia is the Director of Special Projects at Inkomoko. Prior to this position, Lydia worked as Senior Institutional and Business Advisory consultant for World Jewish Relief where her role was to empower youth farmers in agribusiness and build capacity of local NGOs through training, market linkages, and strategic consultations. Lydia has 13 years of experience working with International NGOs as Senior Business Advisor at TechnoServe and Capacity Building Team Leader at CHF International where her role was to develop institutional capacity of 20 local NGOs through training, mentoring and coaching. In addition to working with INGOs, Lydia worked with KPMG as Human Resource Consultant where her main role was to develop strategies and conduct executive selection and recruitment for clients. Lydia is a founder of AK’Iwacu, a social enterprise whose mission is to restore refugees ’dignity through economic empowerment and a co-founder of Books & Brains, a children library. Lydia holds a Master’s Degree in International Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid from Kalu Institute and a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and Computer Sciences from Uganda Martyrs University.

Nathalie NIYONZIMA, MANAGING Director, INKOMOKO

Nathalie is the managing director at Inkomoko. She has over 5 years experience in Administration and Finance working mainly with Not for Profit organizations. She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Majoring in Accounting from the Former School of Finance and Banking and she is currently pursuing a Professional Accounting certification CPA from KASNEB (Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board). Prior to joining Inkomoko, Nathalie was Managing the accounting transactions and Monitoring Budgets of Help a Child Rwanda, FEWS NET (USAID Project) and Vision for a Nation Foundation.

olive ashimwe, Client Relationship Manager, inkomoko

Olive graduated from the National University of Rwandain 2012 with a BSc in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness and she is a defending candidate from the University of Nairobi in the Masters of Science in Agricultural and Applied Economics. Olive is a member of the African Association of Agricultural Economics, an association of Agricultural economists and other professionals with special interest in agricultural economics issues and affairs.  Previously, Olive worked with Syngenta Foundation for Sustainable Agriculture/Kilimo Salama project in Rwanda as a Research Assistant. Olive has done a variety of research assistance with; International Development Research Center, Development Research Network, National University of Rwanda and she is among the founders of ROAP (Rwanda Organization for Agribusiness Promotion).

OSMAN SENYONJO, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT manager, inkomoko

Osman Senyonjo joined Inkomoko in August 2014. He has been an assistant auditor for two years, and was an accounting major at the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics, were he also led programs related to the study of taxation. Osman is quite passionate and eager about growth and sustainability of businesses Rwanda, and as he says, he “enjoys living around entrepreneur-driven youth with dreams!”

Patrick Cyusa, aip Program Director

Patrick oversees training, mentorship and strategy development. Patrick has 5 years of experience in business development and management. Over the last 3 years he has been an active trainer in the Ready4Finance program by BiD Network. Before Inkomoko he was a Programs Manager at Educat and a training consultant with Ejo Partners. He holds an MBA in Project Management from Oklahoma Christian University and a Bachelor degree in Economics from the National University of Rwanda.


AEC Board of Directors

Meredith Bates

Chief Impact Officer, New Forests Company
Johannesburg, South Africa

Maria Brewer

Director of Platform, RRE
New York City, USA

Francis Gatare

CEO, Rwanda Mines, Petroleum and Gas Board
Kigali, Rwanda

 

Marion Nturi

VP Global Rewards Program Management at Citi Group
New York City, USA

Tom Ryan

Vice President, Century Equity Partners
Boston, USA

Julie Taft

Senior Technical Advisor
International Rescue Committee