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Our Portal in Rwanda is located at Impact Hub in downtown Kigali and run by Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga (“To Create, To See, To Learn”), a public arts social enterprise using street-arts and art-actions to involve civil society in positive social change. In particular, the organization creates large-scale public artworks, many of which seek to reduce the stigma against HIV-positive individuals. Impact Hub Kigali, which also hosts the Portal, is a co-working space nurturing grassroots ventures aiming to have a sustainable impact on their communities.
Portal Ambassador & Kigali_Portal Director
Judith is the founder and director of Kurema, Kureba, Kwiga, and a public health and educational systems specialist. Her work across East and West Africa and the Caribbean focuses on the roles of new technologies and creativity for development. She received an interdisciplinary BA in Anthropology, Community Building, and Photography, and holds a Master of International Affairs and a Master of Public Health from Columbia University. Judith and the Kigali Portal are supported by hosts Olivier Dushimimana, Arlette Umwari, and Yves Banza.
Yves Banza is a Congolese-Rwandese currently working and living in Kigali, Rwanda. After his Business Studies at the National Universities of Rwanda in 2010, he worked as a Business Development Agent for different companies in Rwanda and currently he is working as an Independent Consultant for a Market Research Company in East Africa. He speaks French, English, Kiswahili, Kinyarwanda, Lingala and a little bit Spanish. He has a lot of hobbies among others art, music, travelling, meeting new faces and learning from people of different backgrounds and cultures, teaching and learning new languages.
Gil is a tech professional with 15 years experience managing and implementing technology projects and systems. He now spends his time divided between tech projects, Dj-ing as well as management, operation and production of events under Barge Party People. He also takes time to volunteer in social projects focused on art and technology. Gil loves art, music, tech and creating.
Arlette Umwali is 28 years old, from Rwanda, a born again Christian. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness and works in one of the top telecom companies in Rwanda, where she is in charge of high value customers. She loves interacting with people and reading.
Olivier Dushimimana is young Rwandan of 28 years old. He was born and raised in Rwanda. After secondary school, he worked with different organizations including Youth With A Mission (Christian based organization) where he trained underprivileged people basic electrical wiring skills that he acquired in school. Right after that, he worked with a big solar company building a career in electronics. Olivier speaks Kinyarwanda and English fluently and he can speak some Swahili and Luganda which is Eastern African languages! He enjoys meeting new people and loves trying new things, and looks forward to connecting Kigali to the rest of the world through Portals.