Board of Governors

The Board of Governors of UR is the governing and decision-making organ.

Paul Davenport is the founding Chair of the UR Board.

He has a BA from Stanford University (With Great Distinction, Phi Beta Kappa) and a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

He taught economics for 16 years at McGill University (1973-89) and then served as President of the University of Alberta (1989-94) and the Western University (1994-2009) in London, Ontario. He is a member of the Order of Canada and the French Legion of Honor.

He has been involved with Rwanda since 2004 and is a member of President Kagame’s Advisory Council.

Dr. Diane Karusisi
Board Vice Chairperson and CEO of Bank of Kigali.

Prof. Philip Cotton
Vice-Chancellor, University Of Rwanda

Contact Information

KK 737 Street, Gikondo, Kigali
Telephone : +250789001218
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Before his appointment as the Vice Chancellor of the University of Rwanda (UR), Phil Cotton was the Principal of one of UR’s Colleges – Medicine and Health Sciences.

Prior to this he was at Glasgow medical School where he is still Professor of Learning and Teaching. After completing a science degree at St Andrews he studied medicine at Glasgow where he also completed his Masters and Doctoral degrees. For many years he worked as a GP in Glasgow, and was a Council member and International Committee member, and Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

He is a Methodist Preacher and is the founding chair of a Scottish fair trade organisation, and Board member of several development charities working in Africa.

Sir David King
Board Member and UK Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative on Climate Change ; Chair of Future Cities Catapult ; Chancellor of University of Liverpool.

Mr. Hannington Namara
Board Member and Chief Executive Officer of Equity Bank Rwanda.

Prof Geoffrey Rugege
Board Member and Managing Director, ESPRwanda, ltd

Prof. George Njoroge
Board Member and Principal University of Rwanda, College of Education (CE).

Prof. George K. Njoroge is an Associate Professor of Educational Foundations and the Principal, University of Rwanda College of Education. He served for five years as the Rector of former Kigali Institute of Education, one of the seven initial Higher Learning Institutions that were merged in 2013 to create the University of Rwanda. He is a mathematician and a philosopher of education with extensive knowledge, experience and leadership responsibilities in the education sector spanning 31 years. He has previously served as a Head of Department, Deputy Dean, Dean and Vice Rector Academic. Over that period he has been involved in change management and reform in the education sector through involvement in numerous committees and task forces including the University of Rwanda Transition Taskforce.

Prof. Njoroge is an alumnus of the University of Nairobi and Kenyatta University both in Kenya and holds a PhD in Philosophy of Education. His PhD thesis was on a Critique of John Dewey’s theory of work and leisure with a special reference to education in Kenya. He has attended and contributed in numerous seminars, workshops and conferences at national, regional and international levels. He is a published academic and is the co-author of the book titled : The Democratization Process in Africa (2001), and co-editor of Education, Gender, and Democracy in Kenya (2001) and author of Philosophy of Education for Universities and Colleges (in press) His area of research interest is on philosophical examination of education in all its dimensions and response to human challenges.

Dr. John Nkurikiye
Board Member and Medical Director at Dr. Agarwal’s Eye Hospital-Rwanda

Prof. Clet Niyikiza
Board Member and Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer at L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals

Board Member and Lecturer, Faculty of Science/UR-CST.

Ms.Dorine UMWARI
Board Member and Students Representative (URSU Gender Minister)

Mrs. Deidra Shears
Board Member and Director, ICM Rwanda Agribusiness.

Mrs. Christine Uwimana
Board Member and Director, ICM Rwanda Agribusiness.

Prof. Nelson Ijumba
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs and Research), University Of Rwanda

Educational History

University of Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania

  • Completed 1977
  • Bachelor of Science - Honours (B.Sc. - Hons)
  • Completed 1988
  • Registered Engineer (Tanzania)

University of Salford, United Kingdom

  • Completed 1979
  • Master of Science (M.Sc.)
  • Completed 1990
  • Registered Engineer (Kenya)

University of Strathclyde, Scotland

  • Completed 1987
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Completed 1995


The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs and Research) provides leadership in achieving the University’s strategic goals in learning and teaching as well as for the development and implementation of strategies, policies and systems to maintain and enhance the University’s achievements and overall research performance.

Professor Nelson Ijumba holds a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the University of Strathclyde. Previously he was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Professor of Electrical Engineering. His affiliations include, Professional Engineer, Registered Engineer in both Kenya and Tanzania, Member of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (MIET), Fellow at SA Academy of Engineering, Senior member at SA Institute of Electrical Engineering, member of Academy of Sciences of South Africa and also a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers - the world’s largest organization for professional Engineers. He has served on various positions in higher education in Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa.

Amb. Dr. Charles Murigande
Board Member and DVC In-charge of Institutional Advancement, University Of Rwanda

Ms. Françoise Kayitare Tengera
Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Finance, University Of Rwanda

Contact Information

P.O Box 4285 Kigali-Rwanda.
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Ms Françoise Kayitare Tengera, the current Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Finance has an oversight responsibility over finances, corporate services, procurement and the University Single Projects Implementation Unit (SPIU).

Prior to this, she worked for the University of Rwanda-College of Business and Economics as the Acting Principal. She was also a lecturer and Head of Department of Finance which is the largest department in the School of Business in the same College.

A part from that, she is Board member and Director for different institutions including Rwanda Social Security Board, ActionAid Rwanda, INATEK (Institute of Agriculture, Technology and Education of Kibungo), RIM s.a (Reseau Interdiocésain de Microfinance) and Don Bosco Initiative.

Tengera secured a presidential scholarship to carry out her postgraduate studies in Oklahoma Christian University (USA) where she graduated with a master’s degree in Business Administration, with specialization in Finance.

Her passion is to impact young people with the quality education towards improving their lives and contribute to the development of their families and to the nation as a whole. In 2012, despite being a junior academic staff, Tengera was selected by her peers as the best employee of the year thanks to her zeal and academic commitment.

Dr. Papias Malimba Musafiri
Deputy-Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Administration, University Of Rwanda

Dr. Papias M. Musafiri is the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Administration (DVC-SPA) at the University of Rwanda (UR). Prior to his appointment as the DVC-SPA, he was a member of Cabinet of Rwanda as the Minister of Education. Musafiri was also the Principal of College of Business and Economics ; the University of Rwanda. Besides, he is formerly the Director of Policy, Research, and Strategy at Rwandan Higher Education Council and Director of General Services in the Ministry of Justice. He serves as President and member in several Boards of Directors both at national and regional levels.

Dr. Musafiri has over 20 years experience as academician actively engaged in Teaching, Research and Consultancy in institutions of higher learning in the areas of finance, accounting, and economics. While working as an academic staff at the institutions of higher learning, he has also been constantly involved in academic leadership and administration duties at senior management positions including that of : Principal, Vice Rector Academic, Director of Planning, Director of Administration and Human Resources Management ; Dean of Graduate Studies ; Dean Faculty of Management ; Head of Department and Industrial Attachment Liaison Officer.

Dr. Musafiri received his Bachelor Degree in Commerce and Management at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) majoring in Finance and Information Technology from the School of Business at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT - Roorkee). He has Doctor of Philosophy in Finance from VIT University.

Contact information :
Dr. Papias M. Musafiri
Deputy Vice Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Administration, University of Rwanda.
P.O Box 4285 Kigali-Rwanda.
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The Board of Governors of UR is composed of nineteen (19) following members :

• The Chairperson ;
• The Deputy Chairperson ;
• Ten (10) external persons outside UR including seven (7) experts in education, science and technology and three (3) persons from the private sector ;
• The Vice-Chancellor of UR,
• One (1) Principal, elected by peers ;
• One (1) Dean, elected by peers ;
• One (1) member of academic staff elected by peers ;
• One (1) member of non-academic staff, elected by peers ;
• Two (2) students of opposite sex, elected by peers.