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. Alexandre Lyambabaje
The Vice Chancellor, University of Rwanda

Professor Alexandre Lyambabaje is the University of Rwanda Vice Chancellor. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Executive Secretary of the Inter-University Council for East Africa. He has served in different capacities in the Government of Rwanda. In 1999, he was appointed Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education. In 2000, he was appointed Minister of Commerce, Tourism, Industry, Investments Promotion and Cooperatives, a position he held until 2003.

He also contributed to the regional integration process through active participation in the ministerial meetings of East African Community and COMESA.

Prof Lyambabaje holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and a Doctorate in Mathematics from University de Rennes in France.


Prof. Alexandre Lyambabaje
Vice Chancellor/ University of Rwanda
P.O Box 4285 Kigali-Rwanda.
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Prof. Clet Niyikiza
Board Member and Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer at L.E.A.F. Pharmaceuticals

Ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Affairs and Research), University Of Rwanda

Dr. Emile BIENVENU is a Pharmacist by training, holds a Master’s degree (Pharmacology) from University of the Western Cape in South Africa, and a PhD (Medical Science) from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden in the area of Clinical Pharmacology. Dr. Emile BIENVENU combines research, academic and managerial skills.

Indeed, he is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences. He also serves as University Director for Innovation since 2017. Previously at National University of Rwanda where he served as Lecturer, he has been the Executive Secretary for the University Research Office for six years (2002 to 2008). Dr. Emile BIENVENU also served as External Examiner at Muhimbili University of Health & Allied Sciences in Tanzania until 2016.

From July 2011 until May 2013 he was the Head of Medical Procurement Division at Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC). Since 2009 to present, Dr. Emile BIENVENU is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) for which he is a Member since 2002. He also served as Member of the Board of Directors at Rwanda Military Hospital (2012 - 2018).

His research focuses on therapy optimization based on pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenetic considerations, especially for HIV and TB co-infection. He is the Country Principal Investigator of a 5-year EU/EDCTP funded research project (2028-2023) focusing on Pharmacovigilance in East Africa ( Currently, Dr. Emile BIENVENU graduated 1 PhD students, supervises 4 PhDs, and enrolled 3 new PhDs (2020). He authored a number of papers in peer-reviewed international Journals over the past 7 years. He is a Reviewer for a number of peer reviewed Journals.
Dr Emile BIENVENU is also an expert for hospital Drug & Therapeutic Committees (DTCs). He provided technical assistance as a resource person to the Ministry of Health in Rwanda (2006) in formulating the first editions of the Standard Treatment Guidelines and Drug Formulary.

Dr. Emile BIENVENU combines his pharmacology research with commitments in Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In fact, he completed a research attachment at McGill University in Canada (2008), where he contributed to the project "The alternative modeling of Intellectual Property Systems in biotechnology innovation". Currently, he is the Country Principal Researtcher for a 4-year project (2020-2024) named “StArfrica - Startup Germany-Africa” (

Dr. Yanzigiye Beatrice
Board Member and Ag.DVC In-charge of Institutional Advancement, University Of Rwanda

Prior her appointment as Ag. DVC for Institutional Advancement, Dr. Béatrice Yanzigiye served as Senior Lecturer at University of Rwanda-College of Education. She was also doubling as the Director of Confucius Institute, a position she held since 2009.

Yanzigiye is a committee member of Sembura Ferment littéraire, a Platform of Writers and Academicians in African Great Lakes Region which promotes the Teaching/Learning of Languages and Literature in the Region. She is also a member of Rwanda Academy of Language and Culture.

She holds a PhD in Comparative Literature at Michel de Montaigne University/Bordeaux 3/ France. Her area of research focuses mainly on Language teaching in education and its impact on socioeconomic and on cultural industries Development.

She is in the University of Rwanda-College of Education, Mentorship Committee Member from 2016 on Establishment of Technical and Professional Advisory Groups ; Assessment, Evaluation and Approval of Teaching.

She is also a member of Capacity Building Development Team of School of Education aims at selecting candidates who want to pursue doctoral studies

Yanzigiye has several publications in recognized Journals such as GERFLINT (Synergies Afrique des Grands Lacs) ; Journal, DELLA Journal, Rwandan Journal of Education and Routledge& Taylor Group and Rwanda Education Journal. She has some contributions in several books published especially by Rwanda Academy of Language and Culture (RALC).

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

Contact Information

P.O Box 4285 Kigali-Rwanda.
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Website :


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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Dr. Ignace GATARE - Board Member

Dr. Ignace GATARE currently serves as the Principal of the College of Science and Technology of the University of Rwanda. Prior to his appointment as Principal, Dr. GATARE served as the Director General of the Rwanda National Commission of Science and Technology (NCST), a public institution serving as a think-tank and advisory board to the Rwanda Government on issues pertaining to the development of science, technology, research, and innovation. He also served in the Government of Rwanda as Minister in Charge of Information and Communications Technology, from November 2009 until April 2012. He is currently a member of governing bodies of various national and international institutions and projects including :

* Chairman of Regulatory Board of Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Authority,
* Member of the joint advisory board of Carnegie Mellon University – Rwanda Campus.
* Member of the Advisory Committee of the GEONET project, an initiative of the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM
* Member of the steering committee of the Integrated Biological Control Applied Research Program (IBCARP), a project run by the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, KENYA
* Member of the Program Advisory Committee of BioInnovate Africa, ICIPE, Nairobi, KENYA
*Rwanda National Coordinator for AFRA.

Dr. Gatare holds a Ph.D. degree in Engineering Sciences with specialization in Photonics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB).

Dr. Remi Quirion
Board Member

 Dr. Elias TWAGIRA - Board Member

Dr. David TUMUSIIME - Board Member

 Ms. Marie-Jeanne MUNEZERO - Board Member

Ms. Josephine Irene UWAMARIYA - Board Member

Mr. Dan TUMUSIIME - Board Member

Ms. Esther MUHONGERWA - Board Member

Ms. Marguerite UMUBYEYI - Member

The Board of Governors of UR is composed of nineteen (19) following members :

1. The chairperson : appointed by Presidential Order
2. The Deputy Chairperson : appointed by Presidential Order
3.Ten (10) external persons outside UR including :
a) Seven (7) experts in education, science and technology (appointed by Presidential Order) ;
b) Three (3) persons from the private sector (appointed by Presidential Order) ;
4. The Vice-Chancellor of UR, who shall be the Rapporteur of the Board
5. One (1) Principal, elected by peers (=Representative of the Principals)
6. One (1) Dean, elected by peers (=Representative of the Deans)
7. One (1) member of academic staff or reseachers, elected by peers (=Representative of academic and reseach staff)
8. One (1) member of non-academic staff, elected by peers (=Representative of administrative/technical or support staff)
9. Two (2) students of opposite sex elected by peers
10. NB= Deputy Vice Chancellors who attend but are not allowed to vote in case of decision making