Solange Impanoyimana, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Solange Impanoyimana, a former Global Health Corps fellow and founder of Generation Rise in 2016 , was born in the western part of Rwanda and moved to Kigali in 2010 to work with Voices of Rwanda. Now, Solange has more than 10 years of experience managing community development projects for NGO,s and government contractors and supporting education initiatives for Rwandan youth in rural communities. Equipped with her extensive background in leadership training and women’s empowerment work in East Africa, Solange feels ready and excited to co-found Generation Rise and continue empowering vulnerable girls. Solange currently spends most of her time advocating for a stronger literacy curriculum for girls and building strategic partnerships to promote the success of Generation Rise.
Solange is a proud Generation Rwanda Scholar, a competitive program awarding full university scholarships and leadership training to orphans and other socially vulnerable youth with outstanding secondary school performance. Conscious Company Magazine officially named her one of 17 Rising Entrepreneurs of 2015 after recognizing her work with Resonate. To learn more about Solange, click here.
Enatha Mukantwari, Co-Founder and Partnership Coordinator
As TechWomen Alumni, Initiative of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and Tackling Infections to Benefit Africa (TIBA) Fellow, Enatha has made noteworthy contributions in mentoring youth mostly girls and women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics(STEM) in Rwanda.
Enatha works as the Deputy Head and Quality Assurance Officer for the molecular biology laboratory at Rwanda Biomedical Center (RBC) and also serves as a TechWomen Aluminae and Senior STEM Mentor. Passionate about access to health care at different socioeconomic levels, Enatha uses her influence in the community to propose and implement projects that benefit public around Rwanda. As one of the few women involved in a biotech career, Enatha deeply cares about empowering more women to study subjects in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and to have girls or women who are able to reach their full potential in life.
Currently as the co-founder of Generation Rise, Enatha is a cornerstone of the growth of Generation Rise through successful partnerships, community events and outreach initiatives. Enatha holds MSc of Epidemiology from University of Rwanda, School of Public Health and She graduated with Honors in Biotechnology from Institute of Higher Education (INES) of Ruhengeri, Rwanda. To learn more about Enatha, click here.
Patrick Ingabire, Program Manager & Communications
Patrick was born in Rwanda but was raised in Kenya. Growing up Patrick had a passion to change the world. So through education and community engagement and empowerment he has found a way to accomplish this.
In 2012, he worked with the Rwanda Education Board (REB) as a mentor for four years. His primary goal and responsibilities were to train teachers and head teachers in English language instruction. In that time he had the chance to work and meet vulnerable communities where he volunteered to train young children to speak and write in the English language in his spare time.
Patrick has been a language instructor and teacher for the last eight years in different local schools both public and private. He has also worked as a translator for different institutes and schools.
Patrick is a Mount Kenya University Graduate in English and Literature and is pursuing a master in education management.
Currently, Patrick is the Project Manager at Generation Rise Rwanda. His responsibilities focus on the daily activities of project management that involve communications, writing, donor relations, and more. He has demonstrated his love for education and youth empowerment over the last ten years of his professional experience and is excited to contribute his knowledge and experience in focusing on girls’ empowerment at Generation Rise.
2018-2020 Partner Schools
G.S. Kabuga Catholic High School
G.H. Gahanga 1 High School
Cloe Liparini, Board Member; Past Board Chair 2019-2021
Cloe Liparini (she/her) is the Director of Education, Community Engagement and Belonging in the University Office for Diversity and Inclusion at UNC-Chapel Hill. Cloe is a trainer, consultant, strategist, and curriculum designer with over 20 years of experience leading and managing international and multicultural teams through organizational change that leverages diversity, inclusion and cultural humility.
Cloe’s experience designing and delivering culturally inclusive programs to increase leadership effectiveness and collaboration across boundaries focuses on self-awareness, policy advocacy and systems change. Her professional experience spans higher education, not-for-profit and global health sectors. As the Senior Advisor for Leadership Development Programs and a lecturer at the University of Global Health Equity, an initiative of Partners in Health in Rwanda, Cloe trained diverse graduate and executive education learners on inclusive leadership. In this role, she collaborated with senior administrators, community partners, and SME’s to provide guidance and coaching on interventions and capacity building efforts through an equity lens. It is during this time that she first became involved with Generation Rise in order to amplify and advocate for the important work of leadership development, voice and personal agency of young women. Cloe has been the proud Board Chair of Generation Rise since 2019.
Jina Moore, Board Member
Jina Moore was the East Africa bureau chief for The New York Times from 2017 to 2018. Before joining The Times, Ms. Moore was a senior foreign correspondent and the global women’s rights reporter at BuzzFeed News. She has been based in East Africa since 2008, and she's reported from nearly 30 countries around the world. She was among the first foreign correspondents to cover Ebola in Liberia in 2014, and her 2015 work on the refugee crisis in Europe pushed UNHCR to improve its gender-based violence prevention work. She's won many awards, including the Elizabeth Neuffer Gold Medal Prize at the United Nations, a Fulbright Fellowship, and an Ochberg Fellowship with the Dart Center on Journalism and Trauma. To learn more about Jina, click here.
Jackson Mvugayabagabo, Board Member
Born and raised in Rwanda, Jackson is an in-country co-founder of Kepler, a nonprofit university program, whose vision and mission is to build a global model of accessible and excellent higher education. He also worked for the same institution as the Lead Course Facilitator and Employer Relations Coordinator, which resulted to career and employment opportunities of nearly 90% of the first cohort before its graduation.
Jackson’s career has spanned 9 years with various top leadership positions at Miracle Corners of the World and Kepler-Generation Rwanda, Mothering Across Continents and now with Imbuto Foundation. Many of his assignments involved managing innovative education projects ranging from secondary school education, short-term skills capacity building for youth and university. At several occasions, he served as a speaker to different youth groups on the role of education to bring sustainable peace around the world; as well as career guidance.
Jackson is currently the Head of Knowledge Development and Dissemination Department at Imbuto Foundation. Founded in 2001 by H.E the First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda, Mrs Jeannette Kagame, Imbuto Foundation is a National Non-Profit Organization (NGO) that aims at supporting the development of a healthy, educated and prosperous society.
Thaddée Muhinze, Board Member
Thaddée was born in Rwanda. He has been teaching languages in a public secondary school since 2012. He won the Award for the Best Performing Teacher at school and sector level in 2017.
In addition to teaching, he currently carries out mentorship responsibilities. Qualified and selected to be a school based mentor (SBM), he trains and supports in-service teachers to improve their English skills and their teaching methodology so that they can effectively and professionally implement Rwanda's new Competence Based Curriculum intended to improve quality education.
In addition, with a bilateral partnership between University of Rwanda-College of Education (UR-CE) and the school, Thaddée serves as a School Attachment Mentor (SAM) assigned with the responsibility to provide support and professional guidance to UR-CE student-teachers (interns) and to direct their day to day activities while they are undertaking school attachment (internships) in secondary schools in order to complete their academic requirements.
He has been working with Generation Rise Rwanda since 2017 as one of the volunteer teachers who provide mentorship support to the students enrolled in Generation Rise's Her Voice Matters Program, which aims at enhancing empowerment of the Rwandan youth, with a focus on female students.
Blandine Ineza, Board Member
My name is Blandine Ineza. I’m 20 years old and Rwandese by Nationality. I’m pursuing anesthesia in my undergraduate studies at the University of Rwanda on a MasterCard scholarship since 2016.
I’m proud to have lead my fellow students as their Head girl at GSOB Indatwa n’Inkesha high school; to have been a president of Peace and Love Proclaimers club; and to have co-founded conquerors group whose purpose is to eradicate drug abuse problem in Rwandan youth. I’m also very proud to have participated in Pan African Youth Leadership Program (PAYLP) that took place in USA leading a delegation from my country in 2017. In 2019, I was admitted to attain college application skills in Education in US program(ESP) at the American embassy and I’ve used the skills I acquired in the program to mentor students who were looking for colleges in US universities. I’m passionate about public speaking and being a virtuous leader who is a force for good in my community. I aspire to become the best anesthesiologist in the near future and a catalyst for positive change in all my life endeavors.
In my free time I enjoy reading, jogging, dancing and socializing with friends. A constant and never ending desire for improvement in whatever I do is what fuels me!
Roberte Isimbi, Board Member
Ms. Roberte Isimbi is the Managing Director of FATE Consulting Ltd, a consulting firm specializing in the integration of Gender Equality and Social Inclusion in the different sectors of social, economic and environmental development. Ms. Roberte is passionate about women’s and girls’ empowerment across a range of capability domains including education and learning.