IPAR-Rwanda is governed by a General Assembly (GA) and a Board of Directors (BoD).The GA is the supreme decision-making body of the institute. It approves the statutes and overall policy direction of the institute. The BoD oversees the implementation of the programs and activities of the institute, and monitors the utilization of resources. Its members represent a diversity of interests including the Government, Civil society, Private sector, Development partners and Academia.

Members of the Board of Directors (BoD)


Mr. GASAMAGERA Wellars, Chairperson

Mr. Gasamagera Wellars is the Chairman of the IPAR-Rwanda Board of Directors (BoD). A civil servant with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration (Public Management) obtained from Universite du Quebec (Ecole Nationale d’Administration Publique) in Canada; he has particularly specialized in ICT management, strategic management, leadership and governance.  He is currently the Director General of Rwanda Management Institute (RMI). He has been a Senator in the Rwanda Parliament (2003-2011) where he served as a member in a number of parliamentary committees such as the Standing Committee on Political Affairs and Good Governance, the ICT Steering Committee and of many other parliamentary forums. He has also been a Prefect of Kigali Rural Province (1997-2001). He owned and operated a consultancy firm working in the field of management, ICT, leadership and governance. He is a member of the National Steering Committee on Rwanda’s National Information Communication Infrastructure (NICI) Plan III implementation. During his tenure of office, he has done a number of trainings and study tours and participated in high level international conferences and meetings. His interventions related to Governance and Leadership, Parliamentary Relations, ICTs and Research.  He has been a trainer for several organizations with major national and international partners such as Rwanda Forum of Political Parties, NDI (US), IREX (US), Rwanda Institute of Administration and Management, National Unity and Reconciliation Commission among others. He has been on boards of several nonprofits working in the social field and was awarded a special recognition by some of them including “Amon Nos Autes” (France) and “Handicapped Center Don Carlo Gnocchi” (Milan - Italia), all exercising in Rwanda.His special hobbies are mountaineering, reading, research and ICTs.

Ms. UWIZEYE Odette, Vice Chairperson

Ms. Uwizeye Odette is the Vice Chairperson of the IPAR-Rwanda Board of Directors. She is currently the Academic Registrar at the University of Rwanda’s College of Education (OUR-COE). She previously served in the same position at the University of Rwanda’s College of Business and Economics (UR-CBE). ) She is doing PhD in Business Administration, specialising in Strategic Management at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).  She holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) with specialisation in Project Management from Maastricht School of Management (MsM), and another MBA with specialisation in Banking from the same university. She has served as the Director of Academic Services at the former School of Finance (SFB) and Director of Cabinet in the Rector’s Office at the same University.  She is a member of the Technical Committee on Quality Management and Quality Assurance at Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) and UR-CBE.  

Dr. USENGUMUKIZA Félicien, Member 

Dr. USENGUMUKIZA Félicien is a member of the IPAR-Rwanda Board of Directors. He is the Head of Research and Monitoring Department at Rwanda Governance Board (RGB). He holds a PhD Degree in International Economics from University of Bayreuth (Germany). He also holds a Master’s Degree in Foreign Trade from University of Gdansk (Poland). He served at National University of Rwanda as a Senior Lecturer and Head of Department of Economics in the Faculty of Economics and Management.  Dr. Usengumukiza has published several studies related to Economic and Governance issues and Economic integration especially in the African Region. He is a member of the East African Think Tank Network and a Member of the Consultative Committee at the Gender Monitoring Office (GMO).  He is also a permanent visiting Senior Lecturer at the University of Rwanda (UR), College of Business and Economics. 

Dr. MUSABE Joyce, Member

Dr. Musabe  Joyce is a member of the IPAR-Rwanda Board of Directors. She is currently serving as the Deputy Director General at Rwanda Education Board (REB), in charge of the Curriculum and Pedagogical Materials Department. She was previously serving as Head of the Education Department in the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Rwanda where at the same time she was a member of Academic senate of Adventist University of Central Africa (AUCA), a member of International Board of Education (IBE) and a member of Adventist Accrediting Association (AAA) in the Seventh day Adventist church.  She has been a lecturer at the Adventist University of Central Africa, where she specialized in philosophy of Education, Learning and Teaching methods and Research Methods at undergraduate levels, and school administration at master’s level. She served in different board of directors as a member for several years such as Rwanda National Examinations Council, General Inspectorate of Education, and former Kigali Institute of Education. She is the Vice chair of the board of directors of the Kigali Independent University. She holds a Master’s of Arts in Education and a PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from Adventist International Institute of Adventist Studies in the Philippines.

Dr KARENZI Ben, Member

Dr KARENZI Ben is a member of the IPAR-Rwanda Board of Directors. With over 25 years experience in public service in senior leadership roles, he is ever motivated to share his vast  practical experience, knowledge and skills through independent consulting work in public policy research and analysis, corporate strategy and leadership. He has served as Permanent Secretary in the Ministries of Finance and Economic Planning and Health (5 years) of the Republic of Rwanda. He has also served as an Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary for another 5 years. He also led Rwanda Military Hospital as Director General for a period of 5 years. Dr Karenzi holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA), specializing in Public Sector Management; a Master’s of Arts Degree (MA) in International Affairs and Diplomacy and a Bachelor’s degree in Medicine and Surgery (MD).  He is a well trained retired senior army officer at rank of Colonel. He attended Senior Staff and Command College as well as War College and has extensive knowledge in strategic and security studies. Dr Karenzi is fluent in English and has a working knowledge in French.

Ms. UWINEZA Peace, Member

Ms. UWINEZA Peace is a member of the IPAR-Rwanda Board of Directors. She is currently the Deputy Director of Excella School, an international School, located in Kigali. Prior to that, Ms. Uwineza worked with the East African Community (EAC) Secretariat in Arusha, Tanzania as a Peace and Security Advisor as well as Program Assistant to the EAC/GIZ’s Program on Promotion of Peace and Security. At the EAC, she was involved in the implementation of joint EAC-GIZ activities in the areas of conflict early warning, conflict analysis, mediation and electoral observation.  She served as a peace building practitioner and researcher on several political and social-economic challenges to peace in Rwanda, with the Institute of Research and Dialogue for Peace (IRDP) – 2001 to 2011. While working with Rwanda’s National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) – 1999 to 2001, Ms. Uwineza coordinated the National Grassroots Consultations.  Ms. Uwineza holds two Masters Degrees: one in Conflict Analysis and Resolution from George Mason University, Virginia, USA (2005-2007) and the second in Managing Peace and Security in Africa from Addis-Ababa University (2012-2013).  She has published on women and peace building, history and conflict, and on the role of dialogue in Rwanda’s peace building process.

Ms. NIYIGENA Alphonsine, Member

Ms. Niyigena Alphonsine is a member of the IPAR-Rwanda Board of Directors. She is a business woman with investments in education and real estate in Rwanda. She served for two consecutive mandates as the Vice Chairperson of the Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) and the Vice Chairperson of the East African Business Council (EABC). Ms. Niyigena has conducted national and international consultancies as an independent consultant in the areas of Finance, Economic Planning ad Audit. She served in the Office of the Auditor General for 5 years as Senior Auditor and team leader and conducted several audit missions in the Government Institutions, including Ministries, Government Agencies, bilateral and multilateral projects, local governments and Rwandan Embassies. She is currently the Chairperson of Medical Military Insurance Company (MMI); a member of boards of various institutions, including the New Forest Company Rwanda (NFCR) and Bank of Kigali. She holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration in Finance from Maastricht University. 

Mr. RUGWABIZA Leonard, Member

Mr. RUGWABIZA Leonard is a member of the IPAR-Rwanda Board of Directors. He is the Chief Economist at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MINECOFIN) since 2015. Prior to that Mr. Rugwabiza was the director general for national planning and research at the same Ministry and served in the strategic planning unit in the same Ministry. He spent two years as an economist with the African Development Bank. He has been instrumental in shaping, strategizing and implementing Rwanda’s economic policies. He holds a Master’s degree in Economics.

Dr. GAHAKWA Daphrose, Member

Dr. Gahakwa Daphrose is a member of the IPAR-Rwanda Board of Directors. She is currently the Deputy Director General at Rwanda Agricultural Board (RAB).  She served as the Minister of State for Agriculture and Minister of Education from 2004-2009, contributing to the policies, including poverty reduction and food security. She participated in the formulation and defence of key agricultural policies and strategies relating to the CAADP framework, signed by Rwanda in 2007. Dr. Gahakwa’s other roles include Chairing the National Higher Education Council Board of Directors and CAB Liaison Officer. She graduated from University of East Anglia (UK) with PhD in genetic engineering and a plan breeding Master’s of Science (MSc). She also holds a Bachelor of Science (BSc) in agriculture from Makerere University, Uganda. 

Ms. KAYITESI Eugenia, Secretary 

Ms. KAYITESI Eugenia is the Executive Director of IPAR-Rwanda and serves as the Secretary to its BoD. She is an Honors Graduate of Social Sciences from Makerere University, Uganda with an MBA from Maastricht School of Management (MsM) in The Netherlands. She is pursuing her PhD degree in Business Administration, specializing in Strategic Management from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). She is the current President of the Policy Institute Committee (PIC), an Advisory Board Member of the African Portal, and a member of Board of Directors for the Commercial Bank of Africa (CBA-Rwanda). She also sits on the National Independent Review Panel (NIRP) for Rwanda Public Procurement Authority (RPPA). She has worked with Public, Private and Civil Society Organizations with a focus on capacity building, organizational development, Policy Analysis and Research.