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Theodore Habiyakare


Mr. Theodore Habiyakare is a final year master’s student in Global Health Delivery at the University of Global Health Equity. He holds a bachelor’s degree in dental therapy from University of Rwanda. Theodore did online trainings on epidemiology, the basic science of public health offered by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the challenges of Global Health by Duke University. Theodore is doing his master’s program research project where by using a One Health approach, he is exploring environmental risk factors contributing to dental fluorosis both in humans and livestock living on Gihaya Island, Western Province of Rwanda.

Theodore is providing oral health care in a rural area of Huye District at the Maraba Health Center; where he helped to initiate a dental service program. Apart from oral health education, Theodore did several other trainings on Primary Eye Care and Supply Chain Management, Electronic Medical Record (EMR) and Electronic Logistics Management Information System (ELMIS).

Emmanuel Irimaso


Emmanuel Irimaso is an Assistant Lecturer at the School of Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, University of Rwanda. Dr. Irimaso earned his veterinary degree from Umutara Polytechnic- Nyagatare, Rwanda, his master’s degree in Veterinary Preventive Medicine, Field Epidemiology Track from Makerere University-Kampala, Uganda. His master’s dissertation was conducted in the field of epidemiology where he evaluated human and animal disease surveillance systems in Rwanda using rabies as a case study. Dr. Irimaso supports the Student One Health and Innovation club as a mentor and is an activity lead for OHCEA project activities in Rwanda, under support of the USAID-Emerging Pandemic Threats One Health Workforce Project. He also worked with the Rwanda One Health Steering Committee on the coordination of One Health activities in Rwanda under the USAID-Emerging Pandemics Threat Preparedness and RESPOND project. Dr Irimaso teaches in the undergraduate program of the department of veterinary medicine. Among the courses he offers are veterinary public health and preventive medicine, specifically zoonotic diseases; infectious disease control and eradication components; and animal behavior & welfare. As social responsibility is concerned, Dr. Irimaso heads the Family Representative Organ of GAERG (Rwandan Graduates Genocide Survivors) which strives for advocacy of the socio-economic needs of the people in the areas of education, poverty reduction and health.

Josephine Mutesi


Mrs. Josephine Mutesi earned her master’s degree in entrepreneurship from the Makerere University. Her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration at the former National University of Rwanda (currently University of Rwanda).  Mrs. Mutesi is Assistant Lecturer in the University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics, School of Business. She has experience in Business Environment Analysis, Business Start-up and Growth, Entrepreneurship Development, Creativity and Innovation, Human Resource Management, Marketing and Business Communication Skills. She conducted a research project entitled, “institutional environment and Institutional support and SME growth in Rwanda”. Her area of interest is entrepreneurship development and strategic entrepreneurship.

During her academic career she has managed to publish an article on sustainable development goals and one book chapter in entrepreneurship development. She is an expert trainer with developed skills in entrepreneurship, business startup and growth since 2009. She is a skilled mentor with emotional intelligence, who has supported SME's over the years. She is an experienced professional entrepreneur and a manager with excellent managerial skills. She is a good communicator with proven interpersonal skills and she is used to working in a team whilst also being capable of using her own initiative. She is always enthusiastic to learn and undertake new challenges.

Her career objective is to get a challenging position to meet her competencies, capabilities, skills, and experience; and above all, to make a significant contribution in organization development, implementation of systems that enhance stewardship and positive social change to communities.

Pierre Muyombano


Pierre Muyombano is an award-winning media and communication enthusiast. He earned his Master of Science in Mass Communication from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Nairobi, Kenya in 2018 and a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Communication degree from the University of Rwanda in 2013. His research areas of interest include advocacy communication and health communication.

Mr. Muyombano joined the Ministry of Health in April 2017 as Communication and Dispatch Team Leader and has been involved in developing and implementing health communication strategy and plan, focusing on health emergencies. In addition to his permanent position at the Ministry of Health, he is a part time journalist for Flash Radio and TV Broadcasting and a part time science communication consultant at the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture.

As he embarked on university journalism and communication studies, he Joined Radio Salus in 2010 and later Flash Radio and TV Broadcasting, covering different topics, with special interest on health and environment.  A talented media professional, Mr. Muyombano’s outstanding work has been recognized with a number of awards. He scooped five media awards in Rwanda Development Journalism Awards organized by United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Rwanda Governance Board, namely: Rwanda Journalist of the Year 2017, Best News Coverage Award, TV category 2017, Best Documentary of the Year, TV Category 2017, Best Anti-Corruption Story, TV Category 2017, First Runner up Talk Show of the Year, Radio category 2015. Besides, Mr. Muyombano was twice been awarded as second runner up in Reproductive Health Journalism Awards 2016 and 2017.

He has interest in environment and contributed to the Newsletter of Rwanda Environment Management Authority from January 2013-2016 and served as a part time communication consultant for Huye Mountain Coffee from January 2014-2016.



Valentine Ndacyayisenga holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rwanda, College of Science and Technology in the field of Botany and Conservation. She is currently working with One Acre Fund as a Recruitment Intern. Prior to joining One Acre Fund, she completed a 6-month internship program at Global Green Growth Institute working on green cities project. She has also completed an internship with Rwanda Environmental Management Authority (REMA). Valentine has also volunteered in the implementation of Planting Dreams Project with the Rwanda Opportunities organization.

Valentine is very excited about being a One Health Fellow, and in addition to that, she has interests in learning from the program, mentors as well as her counterparts during the fellowship. She is more interested in conducting research on how to plan for sustainable health in the face of climate change.

Valentine applies seven habits of highly effective people to harmonize her world with others and design thinking skills to build innovative solutions to different challenges. She ensures a harassment free work environment. She likes watching football.

Solange Nakure


Solange Nakure completed her high school education in the Biology, Chemistry, and Mathematics field. She also earned her bachelor’s degree in biology from Abilene Christian University in Texas, United States. During her time in college, Solange has always enjoyed being involved in different research in her department. While a student in college, she came to Rwanda for a 3-month internship at Rwanda Biomedical Center in the fields of Microbiology, Immunology, Clinical Pathology and Entomology, where she was handling microscopic examination of tissues, cells, and other specimens such as body fluids, as well as clinical laboratory tests on body fluids and secretions for the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases. She also dealt with the causes and nature of diseases and contributes to diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment through knowledge gained by the laboratory application of the biological, chemical, and physical sciences.

After completion of her bachelors’ degree, Solange worked at Hendrick Medical Center in Texas as Hospital Intake Coordinator for 4 months. After four months, Solange decided to move back to Rwanda in hopes to open doors for opportunity to use her knowledge to improve public health in Rwanda, which is what brought her to the University of Global Health Equity. This institution’s goals and mission aligned with Solange’s passion to improve health care, and therefore Solange decided to join UGHE as an Administrative Assistant while hoping to be promoted to a position that will allow her to contribute and strive for a healthy life for all. It only took six months for Solange to be promoted to a position of the Executive Assistant to the Dean of Health Sciences. It has now been a year and half that Solange has been working at UGHE, and she is still continually seeking more opportunities, which will help her fully contribute to the bettering of health in Rwanda.

Bertrand Ntwali


Mr. Bertrand Ntwali is an Environmental Health Technician with 3 years’ experience in delivery of WASH (Water treatment and distribution, Sanitation and Hygiene) services in emergency settings. He has worked as WASH Coordinator in Congolese and Burundian refugee camps across Rwanda. He earned a degree in Environmental Health and Epidemiology at University of Rwanda. Using his education and hands-on experience, he has been pivotal in delivering WASH services to improve health outcomes and environment conditions for displaced persons.

He is an enthusiast of finance and economics and he believes that healthy individuals are vibrant, dynamic and have a positive effect on economic growth.

Mr. Ntwali has worked with district health professionals in the malaria division and supervised the implementation of IRS (indoor residual spraying) which provided protection against malaria in refugee camps (Mahama, Kigeme) and reception centers (Bugesera, Nyanza).



Mrs. Alice Nyirazigama earned her bachelor’s degree (Honors) from former Kigali Health Institute (now University of Rwanda), College of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2012, and her Master of Sciences in nursing from University of Rwanda, College of Medicine and Health Sciences in 2017. Her master dissertation was conducted in the field of leadership in nursing where she investigated the use of transformational leadership among nurse leaders and its outcomes in terms of satisfaction, extra effort and effectiveness among nursing staff for better quality of care on patients.

After her bachelor’s degree, Mrs. Nyirazigama joined the University of Rwanda, School of Nursing and Midwifery where she was working as tutorial assistant, in 2015-2017 she went to do her masters studies in Nursing Education Leadership and Management. Today she is working as an Assistant Lecturer, Leader of Education Leadership and Management Track, Academic Quality Assurance within the SONM, she is the Mentor of One Health Club, and she is a consultant of RALGA, RNMU, and NCNM.