Top notch finance panelists support Hub's Rwanda AGOA workshop, March 8

Published on March 03, 2016

The Hub will be in Kigali, Rwanda on March 8 to conduct an African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) workshop.  The workshop will provide participants with practical knowledge and skills to navigate the AGOA export process and capitalize on business opportunities. A significant feature of the workshop includes a seminar on “The Private Sector Perspective and Access to Finance.”

Check out the stellar finance panelists below. Interested in participating in the workshop? Drop us a line for more details.


Mr. Paul Ruhamya is a Regional Trade Specialist at the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). He is charged with the responsibility to design and implement special programs related to facilitating companies’ access to regional markets aimed at increasing the country’s export earnings. 

Paul is currently enrolled for a Master’s degree in International Trade Policy and Trade Law at the Trade Policy Training Centre in Africa (TRAPCA). He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Development Studies (International Development Major) from Makerere University, and a Post Graduate Diploma in Project Planning and Management from Uganda Martyrs University.

Mr. Alex Kanyankole is the Chief Executive Officer at the Development Bank of Rwanda (Banque Rwandaise de Développement - BRD). He was previously the Director General of the National Agricultural Export Board (NAEB). Prior to that position, he was the Director General of Rwanda Coffee Authority (OCIR-CAFÉ) and Rwanda Tea Authority (OCIRTHE). BRD is a development bank in Rwanda licensed by the National Bank of Rwanda.

Christian Heremans is the Managing Director at the Farm Fresh Company Limited. Christian is passionate about entrepreneurship and business development. He started his career working for a large accountancy practice in London before launching and setting up his own b2b training company. The company started operating in London and Manchester before quickly setting up international offices in Algiers, Algeria and Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo to cover the growing demand of the African market. Christian came to Rwanda in 2013 and took the role of managing director of Thoms Interior Design and was responsible for launching, setting up and developing the company into a major player in the Interior Design field in Rwanda.

Christian holds a BSc (Hons) in Business Studies from Cass Business School, City University London.

Kevine Kagirimpundu is the co-founder and CEO of Uzuri K&Y Designs. The entrepreneur and artiste (painter), is also an art curator at Uburanga Art Studio. Kevine and her co-founder, Ysolde Shimwe, are both Creative Design graduates from University of Rwanda who are also friends and former college classmates. Despite little means, they decided to join the industry by registering their company in June 2013 even before they graduated from university so that they could learn while doing. They’ve shown incredible energy and drive to fulfill their ambition of becoming one of the leading fashion houses in the region.

The fashion house started by making a range of clothes using local fabrics before shifting focus on designer shoes for women with a view to be able to diversify their business efforts. The shoes will be distributed in Kenya, Uganda as well as Ghana.


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