Team

Jules Kazungu (Managing Director).

Jules Kazungu (Managing Director).

Jules Kazungu has more than 17 years working experience in agriculture, forest management and training, community forestry, environmental and natural resources management and research in Rwanda. Holds a MSc in Agroforestry and Soil Management from the University of Rwanda. Jules has been involved in management of multi-national projects in the areas of forestry, agro-forestry and agricultural sector where valuable experience has been acquired. Jules held several senior roles on public, private and NGOs projects. Jules has been involved development of the national policies, strategies and field–level technical assistance programs on gender, nutrition, environment, and climate change adaptation and mitigation and renewable energy. Jules has wide experience in Monitoring and Evaluation of. He has undertaken several consultancy assignments in Rwanda, involving baseline studies and work on M&E of agricultural projects related to rural development and food and nutrition security.

Gatarayiha Celestin Socio-Economic and Development Research & Agricultural policies expert

Gatarayiha Celestin Socio-Economic and Development Research & Agricultural policies expert

Dr Gatarayiha M. Celestin is a PhD holder in Agriculture specialized in Crop Protection and has more than 20 years of experience in Agriculture Sector working with Government institutions, Donors, Private Sector and farmers. He has occupied different senior level posts working in Government institutions, he worked in the National Agricultural Export Development Board (NAEB) as Coffee Value Chain Division Manager in charge of the development of the national coffee value chain for 8 years. Before joining NAEB, he has been working in the former Institute des Sciences Agronomies du Rwanda, currently Rwanda Agriculture Board (RAB) as the Head of National Coffee Research Program where he was in charge of planning and coordinating research activities, linking research and extension in the coffee sub-sector, and representing the program in the regional and international research network. He has published several research papers in international peer review journals and reviewed manuscripts for publication from different journals and book chapters. Dr Gatarayiha has experience in: working in a multicultural team, team organization; implementing donor funded projects, methodical administration to deadlines, multiple tasks handling; and the application of modern leadership methods.

Mushumba Desire Expert in Agribusiness, Markets and Value Chains Development

Mushumba Desire Expert in Agribusiness, Markets and Value Chains Development

Désiré Mushumba, an agro economist and rural development expert with over 16 years’ experience of designing, managing and implementing various assignments in rural development, agro economy and financial inclusion in Africa. He has a proven expertise in agri-based SME’s, business associations and farmer cooperatives in organizational development, restructuring of agribusiness companies, developing new products and incentive services to members in agricultural value chains, markets and organizational development. Désiré has detailed knowledge of Africa agri market environment and has provided enormous value chain services, programs management and capacity building support to various programs in Africa. His experience as an agri business expert, value chain analysist and social inclusion makes him very well-placed to lead any agro value chain, market and business opportunities assessment, impact investigations, rural development and financial inclusions assignments in Africa. Proven skills and expertise in strategic planning and reviews, trainings materials development as well as development studies and assessments for livelihoods, agro economy and livelihoods development programs; Independent senior consultant (Agro economy, economic development, impact evaluations, PMEL, value chains development, market analysis, entrepreneurship and rural financing). Key areas of expertise: Agro economy, rural economic development, value chains development, M4Pand social inclusion, market development, business opportunities assessment, rural financing and impacts investigation.

Elie NSABIMANA is senior SMEs development expert

Elie NSABIMANA is senior SMEs development expert

Elie NSABIMANA is senior SMEs development expert with more than 30 years’ background in agriculture sector development in Rwanda.  He has been working in Rwanda and Liberia for UNDP country office with particular interest on private sector development, agribusiness and rural finance. He has in-depth understanding of the policies related to agriculture and SME development in Rwanda and environment policies, and extensive working experience in rural communities through capacity building of farmer’s cooperatives and microfinance institutions. He provided substantial capacity building to farmer’s cooperatives as business coach and BDS trainer, formation and strengthening of PPP, business clusters/platforms, and organization of learning events as well as market linkages through B2B/farm-firm relations development in the domestic and international markets. 

Elie has been involved in several agriculture research studies including baselines surveys, value chains assessment studies as well as mid- term and final evaluations of agriculture projects. He holds in hands relevant tools and has good command of communication and reporting skills. As consultant he worked with a broad range of assignments Key clients include USAID funded projects EJO HEZA, PSDAG, HINGA WEZE), SNV Netherlands, CARE INTERNATIONAL, TMEA/TWIN, ICCO COOPERATION, GLOBAL COMMUNITIES , and PLAN INTERNATIONAL

Elie holds MBA-Business & Economics (majoring in project management) and Diploma in Entrepreneurship Development. He is fluent in English, French, Kinyarwanda and Kiswahili. He has excellent leadership, communication and report writing skills.