Valens Rutazihana, Accountant Department of Finance and Administration
As Accountant of AKADEMIYA2063, Valens assists the Finance & Administration Department in ensuring that systems are implemented to facilitate effective financial transactions, recording, posting and timely reporting to management, government, donors and other stakeholders.
He has a Bachelor of Business Administration, majored in Accounting Department. He graduated from University of Rwanda, College of Business and Economics (CBE) former School of Finance and Banking (SFB) in 2011.
In 2013, Valens joined Acacia Accounting Associates Ltd as a Staff Accountant (Acacia Accounting is a socially minded outsourced accounting and financial service provider headquartered in Kigali, Rwanda). Valens, as one of first three Staff Accountants recruited by Acacia Accounting, he provided accounting services, tax advisory services and other related financial services to the foreign invested enterprises in various industries across Rwanda, including agribusiness, manufacturing, energy, export, INGOs, services, education and others.
In 2015, Valens was on the list of Certified Public Tax Advisers published by Rwanda Revenue Authority (RRA) qualified to assist taxpayers for being compliant with taxation policies in Rwanda.
In 2016, Valens has joined FXB Rwanda, as Accountant assigned USAID Twiyubake Program. This was a five-years USAID/PEPFAR funded Improved Services for Vulnerable Populations (ISVP) Program, known locally as USAID Twiyubake implemented in 12 districts of Rwanda by FXB Rwanda and other Local Partners Organizations (LPOs) in partnership with Global Communities, INGO.
Marie Jeanne Diouf, Finance and Administration Specialist Department of Finance and Administration
Prior to AKADEMIYA2063 Marie Jeanne worked as Administrative and Financial Assistant at IFPRI, an organization she joined in August 2017.
Marie Jeanne holds a bachelor’s degree in Logistics- Purchasing from Sainte Jeanne D’Arc Post-bac Institution in Dakar, a Master's degree in Administration and International Exchanges from UCAO Saint Michel and a Master's degree in Supply Chain from SUPDECO Dakar group.
Her past professional experience in administration, logistics and supply chain management was gained while working for World Vision’s national office in Senegal and for Plan International national and regional offices in Senegal.
Nancy Massala, Administrative and Events Specialist Department of Finance and Administration
Nancy holds an MBA in International Management from ISM Senegal. Prior to joining AKADEMIYA2063, Nancy held the position of Administrative Coordinator for the Malabo Montpellier Panel and Regional Strategic Analysis and Knowledge Support System (ReSAKSS) programmes at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
Before IFPRI, she worked as the Program Assistant for the MACEPA (Malaria Control and Elimination Programme in Africa) and SAYNA Press (Contraception) programmes at Programmes for Appropriate Technologies in Health (PATH) Senegal, where she provided administrative and financial support to the different team members.
Nancy also worked as a Project Assistant at A’KUWA Initiatives, where she helped transition the project into a Foundation which aims to improve quality of education in Senegalese Schools.
She also worked as the Human Resources, Logistics, Communication, Translation and Photography Manager at Green’Act Association, a green business she co-founded which aims to sensitize schools and students on the importance of sanitation and waste management.
Her previous work experience includes Human Resources and Quality Management, gained whilst working as an intern respectively at WHO AFRO, and S.I.Agro Kirène.
Fatoumata Samb, Administrative and Events Coordinator Department of Finance and Administration
Fatoumata holds a Master’s degree II in English from the Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences of Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar (UCAD). She started her career in 2006-2007 as a translator (French - English) for SONATEL Multimedia.
She then was the Coordinator of Spanish Programs from 2009 to 2011 for the NGO TOSTAN while leading the activities of animation and discovery for the students coming from different locations in the United States of America as part of the cultural exchange program Operation Understanding.
From 2012 to 2013 Fatoumata held the position of Administrative Assistant at TRAGSA SENEGAL (Transformation Agraire SA/), an agricultural Spanish company based in Dakar.
In 2015, she continued Interpreting with International Development Group LLC at USAID YA JJENDE.
Prior to assuming the position of Bilingual Administrative Assistant to the Director of IFPRI Africa (International Food Policy Institute) from 2018 to 2020, she successively held the position of Bilingual Administrative Assistant within the Law Firm Maître Moustapha NDOYE and for the Managing Director of SERVITECH.
Shivani Patel, Program Assistant Department of External Relations
As a Program Assistant at AKADEMIYA2063, Shivani provides programmatic and administrative support to the Department of External Relations.
She acquired a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in International Business Management with high distinction from Stamford International University in Bangkok, Thailand.
Before joining AKADEMIYA2063, Shivani successfully worked as Program Assistant and Community Organiser for the Humanitarian Women’s Network (HWN), a global forum and safe space for 11,000+ female humanitarian and development professionals to share resources and experiences.
Shivani is a Rwandan national of Indian origin, who outside of work enjoys advocating for mental health and social justice.
Kader Ndiaye, Facilities Manager Department of Finance and Administration
Before joining AKADEMIYA 2063, Abdel Kader Ndiaye worked as Senior Driver for the IFPRI regional office in Dakar.
Kader completed internships in various fields. In addition to responding to the daily logistical requests of the office, he was also the personal driver of the Director of IFPRI Africa during more than 9 years.
As a native of Dakar, Kader defines himself as a very open-minded adventurer who has had the chance to travel in several regions of Senegal and likes to discover new cultures.
Diane Karwera, Facilities and Events Coordinator Department of Finance and Administration
Diane Karwera was born in Bujumbura, Burundi, where she attended primary and secondary school and got a diploma in Modern Literature. In 2001 she was elected best seller in a vacation company where she was booking vacations all over the world for families. In 2006 she went back to her country, Rwanda, for her university studies and got a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Finance at the University of Lay Adventists of Kigali “UNILAK” in 2011. In 2007 she started to work at RDtech as a cashier/receptionist, then later as an overall supervisor for the sales and technical team. From 2015 to 2016, she worked temporary at GBB Engineering Ltd as an admin and finance assistant. In 2017, she returned at RDTECH to work as an account assistant and office manager.
After joining AKADEMIYA2063 in March 2021 as a Receptionist/Office assistant, Diane Karwera currently holds the position
of Facilities and Events Coordinator. She believes that working at this position is not only a title but being an eye of the company and being
of service to everyone equally. When she is not busy whit her job, she has a hobby of social counseling and dialogues with people in different platforms; she also loves singing and reading.
Priscille Niwemfura, Receptionist Department of Finance and Administration
Niwemfura Priscille joined the AKADEMIYA2063 Kigali office as a Receptionist in January 2022.
Holder of a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences specializing in social work from UTAB (University of Art and Technology of Byumba), she has experience working with different international development organizations.
Before joining AKADEMIYA2063, Priscille held the position of National Technical Assistant/Social Organization within the BTC (Belgian Technical Cooperation) in partnership with the Natural Resources Authority of Rwanda (RNRA/PAREF BE 2 project). She equally worked at the Ministry of Agriculture, serving as an intern in charge of the community development office, also holding the role of Social Worker in charge of social protection at the international NGO, AVSI Rwanda. Priscille has also conducted consultancy activities related to monitoring and evaluation as an FGD facilitator or data collector in different institutions such as IPA Rwanda and Care International.
Janvier Gatarayiha, Grants Finance Officer Department of Finance and Administration
Gatarayiha Janvier holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics issued in 2010 by Kigali Independent University, where he is currently completing a master’s degree in Finance.
He has six years of experience in finance field. He started his career in 2013 as Regional Finance and Partnership Officer at Handicap International. After five years in this position, he moved to another position and worked as a Finance Assistant from 2018 to 2019.
He participated in various projects in which he brought efficient ways to achieve results, and he also contributed to developing the organization’s financial strategy.
Janvier joined AKADEMIYA2063 as Grants Finance Officer in June 2022.