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Kagame Appoints His Son As Board Member Of Rwanda’s Development Board

President Paul Kagame has appointed his First Son, Ivan Cyomoro Kagame (30), as a board member of the Rwanda Developed Board (RDB).

His appointment was announced after a cabinet meeting convened on monday May 18.

A complete RDB Board of Directors includes; Itzhak Fisher (Chairman), Evelyn Kamagaju (Vice Chairman), Alice Nkulikiyinka (member), Diane Karusisi (member) Ivan Kagame (member), Eric Kacou (member), Solange Uwituze (member), Liban Soleman Abdi (member) and Faith Keza (member).

RDB was set up in 2008 by bringing together all the government agencies responsible for the entire investor experience under one roof.

The First Son is going to have his first glimpse into the affairs of state.

Ivan Kagame, an ardent consumer of The Economist, describes himself as “Young, forward-thinking entrepreneur”.

In 2016, Ivan Kagame posted on his Linkedin page in defense of Rwanda’s Development agenda saying that like himself, young African business leaders have a vision for propelling change on the continent.

“We know that being a successful role model is an important part of this process. While now a private investor, during both my academic education and my professional education in private equity and financial services, I benefited immensely from exposure to thought-leaders and exceptional mentors,” he said in his post.

Further in this post that sheds light into his professional person, Ivan Kagame said that he strongly believes that anyone with the advantage of a great education and dedicated mentorship has a responsibility to share knowledge with his or her peers.

“As the old adage goes, to whom much is given, much is expected,” Ivan Kagame said four years ago as Rwanda was preparing to host the World Economic Forum.

The new member of this elite RDB Board of Directors advocating or education and healthcare as rights, rather than privileges, for all people.

“I recognise the essential role of economic development, fuelled by technology and renewable energy, in providing African governments with the resources and tools to ensure a level and expanding playing field. Such an environment should reward innovative endeavour while providing the maximum opportunity for young entrepreneurs to follow in their role models groundbreaking footsteps,” he said.

In the corridors of Power

For a man who had maintained an exclusively private lifestyle and away from the prying lenses of media, his arrival in government is definitely going to be felt in various forms.

Political scientists consider the presence of Ivan Kagame at RDB as an essential asset in giving the institution a high-level face-lift.

Despite holding a cabinet seat, and business credentials obtained from running his private businesses, RDB has been added an extra enviable power status.

The presence of Ivan Kagame in government will have an effect on several centres of influence within the government.

For many, with his proximity, the First Son will be perceived as an express highway to the President.

For those that had been perceived to be brokers in the bureaucratic corridors of power, or the gatekeepers, will definitely scale down because of an inevitable option for Ivan Kagame; a natural, dependable and trustable link.

Social Media Presence

Ivan Kagame joined Twitter in 2010 but was last active in 2016.

With this new appointment to the Board of Directors at RDB, there may be a renewed interest in the use of Twitter where he enjoys 39,200 followers.

With only 138 connections on linkedin, he describes himself as a Private Investor in Private Equity and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business/Managerial Economics acquired from Pace University and an MBA from the University of Southern California, USA.

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25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. Joseph Nyok

    May 19, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Congratulations brother now the test is yours do your best to the people of Rwanda and also extend your hands in promoting and advocating for the rights of youth of Rwanda and Africa at large. Congratulations once again and good luck. South Sudan.

  2. Juve

    May 19, 2020 at 10:41 am

    Thats how things go

  3. Sindikubwabo Alfred

    May 19, 2020 at 3:30 pm

    Congratulations

  4. Patrick Musonera

    May 19, 2020 at 3:54 pm

    Full support!

  5. Lushinga Pervious

    May 19, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Congratulations African brother.

  6. Mukoya Aywah

    May 19, 2020 at 6:14 pm

    Good example to others. This means we’ve got to take part in nurturing our children’s talents and making sure they succeed in academics to save mother Africa.
    Nevertheless, nepotism is meandering in our African continent, worst indeed. In Uganda, Kenya, we are experiencing this and must stop if we take a step forward in bringing up intellectual children and not to give birth without successful plans. Thanks.
    Nairobi, Kenya 🇰🇪.

  7. Fabien DUSENGIMANA

    May 19, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    Congrats and good luck on this task truly we are by your side
    I promise you that I will always remember you on all my prayers like how I did before so that God will guide all your feet steps.
    By loving heart
    Fabien

  8. Mercy Chikowore

    May 19, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    This is really a good example to other leaders out there. As a leader you should be able to think outside the box because this will shape the leaders of tomorrow and promote youth arch rivals.

  9. Daniel Limbu

    May 19, 2020 at 9:18 pm

    Congratulations Mr Ivan Kagame for being appointed to RBD.As a young Rwandan and well educated you have the role to play for your country.Bring up your ideas in the government.Tanzania

  10. Nzitatira Mbonyinkebe Nicodemus

    May 20, 2020 at 2:17 am

    congratulation Mr Ivan Kagame and good luck in your responsabilities given by your father,do them with wisdom and humanism,God bless you .Lauyer Nzitatira Mbonyinkebe Nicodemus, Kigali Rwanda(a court Baillif)law firm Nyamirambo40,tel:+250788696981

    • Leon Ndacyayisenga

      May 20, 2020 at 5:35 pm

      Congrats brother, may God help you !

    • Fred Mugeni

      May 20, 2020 at 7:34 pm

      Congs to Ivan. I love him. Yicisha bugufi yahawe indero ikwiye. Ni umuhanga kandi ni Rwiyemezamirimo ukiri muto. Komera Mwana w’U Rwanda isuku igira Isoko.

  11. Martin Amesho

    May 20, 2020 at 6:32 am

    Congratulation my brother it’s a good example in Our mother land Africa.

  12. Gama

    May 20, 2020 at 8:49 am

    Congratulations, but keep on reading between lines

  13. Beryallen

    May 20, 2020 at 9:10 am

    U welcome brother

  14. Gatera grace

    May 20, 2020 at 9:52 am

    As Rwandans we’re happy for you brother Ivan, go then participate yourself and i enjoying how you deserve it . Congrats#

  15. ABDISALAM YUSSUF

    May 20, 2020 at 9:57 am

    CONGRATULATIONS IVAN TO BE APPOINTED AS BOARD MEMBER OF RWANDA DEVELOPMENT BOARD. I HOPE YOU WILL WORK VERY WELL BECAUSE YOU ENERGETIC YOUNG EDUCATED BRAIN WHICH WE NEED YOUR GENERATION ALL IN AFRICA TO.LEAD EVERY SIDE OF OUR ECONOMIC.WE AFRICANS HAVE A VERY FERTILITY LAND WITH MANY KINDS MINERALS RESOURCES BUT STILL OUR PEOPLE ARE IN POVERTY.WE HAVE TO CHANGE OLD LEADERS WE WANT TO BE LEAN BY NEW EDUCATED GENERATION. THANKS.AM FROM SOMALILAND IN THE HORN OF AFRICA.WORKING IN UNITED KINGDOM

  16. Ngoga

    May 20, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    Congratulations brother and good luck in your new responsibilities

  17. Souleman Abdillah Mnyambo

    May 20, 2020 at 5:06 pm

    Mr President has shown Africans the way somebody can peacefull change a nation of the hatred citizens to the most economically stable one.
    Obviously we know,that you won’t let him down,Wish you all the best in building not only Rwanda but entire EAC!!

  18. UMUTESI

    May 20, 2020 at 6:27 pm

    Oooh Cong’s Mr. Yves. Uzagere ikirenge mu cya muzehe wacu. Uzabe intwari mama! Imana yo mu ijuru izakujy’imbere kibondo. Izagufashe kuzuza neza inshingano Papa yagushinze.abanyagihugu bazakugiririreho umugisha. Bravooo

  19. Ibraimo Assane

    May 20, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    Parabéns Ivan, entretanto, lembro do seu próprio ditado “Como diz o velho ditado, a quem muito é dado, muito é esperado”. Isso pelo facto da sua nomeação ser considerada nepotismo, então dê o seu melhor e nos orgulhe.

  20. Larry OLUFEMI OLATOYINBO

    May 20, 2020 at 11:49 pm

    Congratulations Ivan,u be a big roll to play in Africa,just like your father is doing,I once visited Rwanda, it’s such a wonderful and people,God bless President Kagame

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  23. julius

    October 16, 2020 at 1:27 pm

    Imana izakuge imbere kandi uzagire ibitecyezo by’ubaka nk’ibyamuzehe wacu.

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