Dr. Nyinawamwiza-The Award Winner

Dr. Laetitia Nyinawamwiza, the Principal of the University of Rwanda-College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (UR-CAVM) is Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government in Education and Training: Academic category of the CEO Global Africa awards 2017. www.win.co.za

Dr Laetitia poses with her award

The CEO Global’s Africa awards 2017 as reported by the Independent Magazine was held, for the East Africa,  on September 19, 2017 at the Southern Sun Mayfair Hotel in Nairobi, Kenya while the Great Lakes awards took place at the Sheraton Kampala, two days later September 21. The continental award ceremony was held in South Africa in November 2017.

In her address to staff and students at UR-CAVM Dr. Nyinawamwiza said she was humbled to win the competitive Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government 2017. According to her this was made possible thanks to the support from her family, colleagues and the Country’s leadership.

“I truly believe that this has been possible because of the support I get from my family, my colleagues and my students and most importantly from the visionary leadership of this country lead by H.E Paul Kagame” she said, adding that her commitment lies in promoting agricultural sciences and leadership.

After the establishment of the University of Rwanda in September 2013, Dr.Nyinawamwiza became the Principal of UR-CAVM. She holds a PhD in Aquaculture which she obtained from the University of Namur in Belgium. Prior to her current position, she was the Vice Rector in Charge of Academics and later on Acting Rector at the former Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry (“Institut Superieur d’Agriculture et d’Elevage-ISAE Busogo) which she joined in 2011.

Dr. Nyinawamwiza is also serving as Board Deputy Chairperson of the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA), Board Member of Higher Education Council (HEC) and Board Deputy Chairperson of the Institut d’Enseignement Superieur de Ruhengeri (INES Ruhengeri). She involved in various education and research fora and network as advisor including RIEF and UR-ALUMNI.

Until 2015, she had served as member of Inter-University Council for East Africa Audit committee. Dr. Nyinawamwiza has been able to initiate interdisciplinary partnerships to deliver youth, senior researchers and farmers capacity development, to deliver food and nutrition security and contribute in large to quality education.

Recently, Dr Nyinawamwiza was appointed as UR gender champion by the University of Rwanda, and has committed to mainstream gender in higher education with an emphasis on STEM programmes. The CEO BLOBAL recognizes Dr. Nyinawamwiza not only as ambassador but just a role model within her immediate community and expert in different economic sector.

Published by UR Communication Department

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