Michaella Rugwizangoga will be the first Chief executive Officer for the Volkswagen Group in Rwanda.
The new CEO is a distinguished scientist
“Volkswagen Group South Africa proudly announces the appointment of World Economic Forum Global Shaper Michaella Rugwizangoga as new Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda CEO,” reads in part a tweet from the South African based Volkswagen.
Meanwhile, in January, Germany’s Volkswagen AG said it would start assembling three vehicle models at a new plant in Rwanda in May for local sale and use in its own new ride-sharing service.
According to the company, $20 million will be spent to start developing the assembly plant and ride-hailing service – part of a push into sub-Saharan Africa.
“We are trying to break this thought-pattern that Africa is poor; they can’t afford (new) cars,” Thomas Schaefer, chief executive of Volkswagen Group South Africa said in January.
Volkswagen says it will produce three models; the Hatchback Polo, the Passat and possibly the Teramont, a large sports utility vehicle, it said in a statement.
About 500-1,000 jobs would be created in the first phase of the investment, including the drivers of the first batch of cars for the ride-hailing service.
As of 2017, Rwanda only had 300,000 cars and most of the cars are second-hand imports from countries especially Toyota brands from Japan.