Our Team

We are a group of professional, hard-working, and fun-loving individuals committed to building the capacity of entrepreneurs. Similar to our entrepreneurs we are all in, and we work hard to find data-driven solutions to our daily work. Our team members come from all over including Rwanda, the DRC, Burundi, the UK, and the US. 

AEC Team

Our Leadership

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