PBI FACILITATORS

The institute is facilitated by a carefully selected group of professional and academic experts who were drawn from academia, government and civil society. Dr. Joseph R, Nkurunziza , Dr. Buchanan Ismael , Judith Baessler , Betty Mutesi, Fred Nkusi, Dr. Stephanie Wolfe Dr. Therese Seibert, Ildephonse Karengera are the co- facilitators of the PBI. They ensured the high-quality development of the sessions and the fulfillment of the learning objectives. The Institute also features distinguished guest speakers from various institutions who engage participants in challenging discussions. Under the coordination of Never Again Rwanda, a professional team of speakers helps the PBI meets its objectives. NAR bring together leading peace advocates, scholars and policy makers to speak and discuss ideas and strategies for sustainable peace in Africa. Speakers are from CNLG, NURC, RGB, Aegis Trust and the Senate. Researchers and lecturers also offer their time, extensive knowledge and recognize expertise in the three themes.

Dr. Joseph R. Nkurunziza

He worked with the Earth Institute at Columbia University in its project Known as the Millennium Villages Project where he worked as the health coordinator from 2007-2008. Later he joined the Drew cares international where he served as the clinical services Director from 2009-2010.  [learn_more caption="Read More about him"] During this tenure, he implemented HIV care and treatment program within the Rwanda Defense Force. Dr. Nkurunziza also worked as a HIV clinician at the Rwanda Military Hospital before joining the DOD-US embassy Rwanda in 2011 as a clinical services specialist. He is also the Co-Founder and President of Never Again Rwanda (NAR). Dr. Joseph also serves on Boards of some local Organizations in Rwanda such as Health Development Initiative and Center for Public health & Development. His work in Rwanda focuses on social Justice and it gives young people the guidance, encouragement and knowledge to be active citizens.In 2010 he was honored by Junior Chambers International as one of the 2010 ten outstanding young persons of the world (TOYP 2010) at Osaka in Japan.[/learn_more]

Odeth Kantengwa

Odeth Kantengwa is a Research Coordinator with Never Again Rwanda. She obtained her postgraduate diploma in research skills from Maastrict School of Management in the Netherlands in 2014. She obtained her MA in Genocide Studies and prevention from the National University of Rwanda in 2012and her B.A. in Social Work from the University of Rwanda in 2006. [learn_more caption="Read more about her"] Odeth also worked as a researcher for 3 years at the National Commission for the Fight against Genocide (CNLG). Her publications include: ‘How motherhood triumphs over trauma among women with children born of rape,’ ‘The psychological legacy of genocide against the Tutsis,’ and ‘Moving Forward: creating safe spaces for women raped during the genocide.’ Apart from her research contributions to Rwanda’s post-genocide society, Odeth is a proud mother of two wonderful daughters and she also enjoys reading about the psychology of interpersonal relationships in her free time. [/learn_more]

Madam Betty Mutesi

She is the Country Director with International Alert in Rwanda and Burundi and the Honorary consul of Spain in Rwanda. She holds an MA in Peace and Developmental Studies from the University of Jaume I Castellion, before joining International Alert, she worked for 8 years as Senior Specialist for RGB.[learn_more caption="Read more about her"] She has worked as a governance consultant for the Rwandan Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning overseeing Millennium Challenge Corporation programs in the country.  She has lived in Spain and worked in Kenya, South Africa and Netherlands [/learn_more]  

Dr. Judith Baessler

Judith spent her early years in Germany and Peru. She is a psychologist and trainer specialized in trauma, peace building, cross-cultural research, prevention of sexual violence against women and girls, and prevention of burnout for helping professionals. She completed her PhD in 2001, her thesis focused on different conceptualizations of “the meaning of life and happiness” in various cultures. [learn_more caption="Read more about her"] She has been working in post-conflict countries in Latin America and Africa since 2003. Her work involves strengthening civil societies in peace-building and conflict resolution/transformation, training on psychosocial counselling for refugees trauma work, setting up and strengthening local structures in order to support women and girls who have been exposed to violence. She has also worked as an advisor to the Liberian Government on national mental health and social work policies, and monitored the impact of development projects and humanitarian interventions. She has been coordinating GIZ’s Civil Peace Service in Rwanda since 2013[/learn_more]  

Dr. Therese Seibert

Dr. M. Therese Seibert joined Keene State College in 1998 with a PhD in sociology from the University of Texas in Austin. As a strong advocate for community-based research, her students have produced numerous research reports for local agencies, assisted with post-Katrina recovery in New Orleans, participated in Peace-building Institutes in Rwanda, and received undergraduate research grants.[learn_more caption="Read more about her "] In 2007, she received the Keene State College Alumni Distinguished Teacher Award, and in 2011 she received the Susan J. Herman award for Leadership in Holocaust and Genocide Awareness. Her early research on race inequality in the U.S. resulted in the publication of the monograph Long Time Coming: Trends in Racial Inequality in the Nonmetropolitan South, 1940-1990 co-authored with Mark Fossett and several articles on sex inequality in the U.S. labor market. She recently published a chapter in the edited book Roads Taken, which discusses academic life at a public liberal arts college. Her current research analyzes data on rescuers during the 1994 Genocide of the Tutsi collected by the Rwandan-based NGO Ibuka.[/learn_more]

 

Immaculee Mukankubito

Immaculee obtained a Master’s degree in Genocide studies and prevention, a bachelor’s degree and a diploma in Management. Immaculee has over 20 years of experience in Peacebuilding, project management, capacity building Women empowerment, training and research. [learn_more caption="Learn more about her"] Immaculee has served as a Senior Manager with several Non-Governmental Organizations (local, regional and international). She worked for 10 years as the Deputy Director at the Institute for Research and Dialogue for peace (IRDP), 5 years as a Technical Adviser for a regional organization in capacity building, 3 years managing a World Bank project and 2 years as a Gender Adviser for the Canadian Agency for Cooperation and Development in Rwanda. Some of her research topics and publications include: Promoting  Gender Equality in the Decentralization Process and Local Governance, published in Women’s Political Participation and Economic Empowerment in Post Conflict countries, lessons from the Great lakes Region; International Alert, July 2012, From the therapeutic  Groups to the transfer of Competences , published by  Medecins du Monde France, July 2013, Project Cycle (Design, Management and Implementation, Monitoring and Evaluation of Projects), Training Modules commissioned by Société Néerlandaise de Développement, SNV,  Kigali,  November 2000 and Rape and Sexual Violence in the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, a thesis dissertation submitted for the Award of Master’s degree (publication on going). In addition to her work experience Immaculee has attended several National and International conferences where she served as a speaker on key issues challenging sustainable peace in Rwanda and around the World. Immaculee currently serves as the Director of Operations and Quality Insurance at Never Again Rwanda. [/learn_more]  

Révérien Interayamahanga

Mr. Révérien Interayamahanga is a Rwandan social scientist, holder of a Master’s degree in Development Sociology, from Wits University, South Africa. From 2001 to 2004, he worked as a human rights journalist with the League for Human Rights in the Great Lakes Region (LDGL), [learn_more caption="Learn More about him"] operating in Rwanda, Burundi and DRC.  He has been a lecturer of Research Methods for the Social Sciences and Political Sociology at Kigali Independent University between 2004 and 2009. Between 2009 and May 2014, he worked with the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP), as senior researcher where he focused on research on governance and reconciliation issues.  His contribution has been instrumental in designing and conducting research projects such as  “The Development and use of governance indicators in Rwanda; Citizen Participation in Democratic Governance, , The State of Peace in Rwanda as perceived by Rwandans: 17 Years after the Genocide against the Tutsi, Rwanda Local Governance Barometer,  Mapping  of peace-building initiatives in Rwanda, (for  Rwanda Peace Academy) and Rwanda Reconciliation Barometer (for the National Unity and Reconciliation Commission).[/learn_more]  

Florence Batoni

Batoni Florence is the Peace Building Coordinator for NAR. She is a PR and communications expert, a researcher and a specialist in conflict management and transformation. She has experience working with international development agencies such as Trade Mark East Africa as a [learn_more caption="Learn more about her"] Communications Technical Advisor to the Ministry of East African Community in Rwanda. She also worked as a research fellow at Institute of Policy Analysis and Research-Rwanda where she contributed to the development and implementation of multiple research projects. She is a Fulbright scholar who pursued a master’s degree in conflict transformation from Eastern Mennonite University in the USA. While in USA, Florence worked with World Vision USA in International programs. Before obtaining her master’s degree, she also worked with World Vision Rwanda as a Communications specialist where she was in charge of several projects in the communication for development field. She also worked as a communication and PR expert in   Rwanda Demobilization and Reintegration Program, a World Bank funded Project for repatriation and reintegration of armed groups from Eastern DRC ex-combatants and ex-Rwanda Defense Forces into civilian life. Before joining RDRP, Florence worked with Radio Rwanda as a team lead for capacity building and reporting. Florence obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Mass communication from Makerere University, Kampla, Uganda in 2002. She possesses experience of supporting for strategic leadership Boards and currently serves as a board member of the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency.[/learn_more]

Denis Bikesha

Denis Bikesha is currently completing his PhD at the University of Dar es Salaam School of Law. He also holds a LLB and LLM received from the Rwanda National University in 2004 and 2010, respectively. He is an alumnus of the CONTACT program and the School for International Training (SIT) [learn_more caption="Learn More about him"] Graduate Institute in Vermont (USA) where he obtained a Diploma in Conflict Resolution and Peace building. He is active in research, publication, and training in areas of justice, reconciliation, conflict resolution and peace building. Bikesha is the cofounder and partner at Premier Law Chamber, a law firm in Rwanda. He is a lecturer and University of Rwanda School of Law. He is a senior consultant for the US-based organizations Lead 4 Tomorrow and American Bar Association Rule of Law Initiative in Eastern Africa and Rwanda, respectively. From 2004-2012, he worked as a Legal Officer and then Director at the National Service of Gacaca Courts in Rwanda. He has worked with the SIT World Learning Institute since 2005 as a lecturer and home stay coordinator. Bikesha is fluent in Kinyarwanda, English, and French.[/learn_more]  

Denise Bentrovato

Dr. Denise Bentrovato is a consultant with UNESCO as well as a Special Advisor for the Great Lakes at the Institute for Historical Justice and Reconciliation in The Netherlands and an Associated Research Fellow at the Georg Eckert Institute in Germany. She has a background in Conflict Resolution[learn_more caption="Learn more about her"] and African History, and has 10 years of research experience in conflict and reconciliation in Rwanda and the wider Great Lakes Region. She has also worked on various UN- and EU-funded projects on transitional justice, education, and youth in divided societies, and is a trained community mediator and peace educator[/learn_more]  

Job Orina

Job Nyangoka Orina is a 30 year old Kenyan. He is currently the Regional representative at myclimate (The climate Protection Foundation-Switzerland). He obtained MSc. in Disaster Management and Sustainable Development and MA in Monitoring and Evaluation. Job has been trained[learn_more caption="Learn More about him"] in other areas including, public policy analysis and formulation, strategic planning, gender mainstreaming and public finance management. He has successfully implemented projects aimed at promoting/enhancing Human rights, conflict mitigation, public participation, transparency and accountability, climate change adaptation and mitigation, natural resource management and disaster risk reduction amongst others. Job is a committed team player, with good communication skills and sensitivity to other peoples cultures/needs. He loves cooking, music, playing rugby, table tennis and pool table during his free time.[/learn_more]  

Richard Mutabazi

Richard is in charge of media and communications at Never Again Rwanda. Richard holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Management from Coventry University in the United Kingdom. He has been involved with peace building since 2004 where he volunteered with the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) as a school debate facilitator.  He has a wide experience working with[learn_more caption="Learn More about him"] Non-governmental organizations in the field of peace building and the rights of vulnerable people. He has worked for the Children Affected by HIV/AIDS (CHABHA) as a Country Director for 4 years, dealing with the rights and support of orphans and other affected children. He has served on the board of the Rwandans Allied for Peace and Progress (RAPP), a local non-governmental organization that promote the rights of women and youth through arts. He also worked for the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP). Richard has a cross-cutting background that equips him with more general information on many aspects of life. He has had the privilege to meet, work, and interact with different people and institutions of diverse approaches, and has had a chance to travel and look out for others cultures. He has been trained by the Rwanda Academy for Leadership for Competitiveness and Prosperity (ALCP). He speaks Kinyarwanda, French and English. Richard is married and is a father to two sons and one daughter.[/learn_more]  

 

Bonny Mukombozi

Mr. Bonny Mukombozi is the governance and Rights coordinator at Never Again Rwanda. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science from Makerere University (Uganda). An admirer of Socrates, Nelson Mandela, and Frederick Von Hayek, he is a researcher, a journalist, a policy analyst, and a social entrepreneur. [learn_more caption="Learn More about him"] As a researcher with Rwanda Governance Board (RGB), he participated in the publication of Rwanda Governance Scorecard 2014, Citizen Report Card 2013 &2014, Home Grown Impact Assessment 2013,   and has been part of the national committee which drafted the Children’s Rights, and national technical committee working on National Human Rights Action Plan Mukombozi worked with The New Times Publications based in Rwanda, as the Head of the Regional Bureau. He authored and co-authored specific articles on Gender and Development in Rwanda, the status of Historically Marginalized People in Rwanda, and has made analysis of International publications; such as Mo Ibrahim Governance Index and Gallup Poll Index.[/learn_more]