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.
Emerita Mukanyandwi, Program Associate
Emerita Mukanyandwi graduated in Food Biotechnology in 2018 from Institute of Higher Education (INES) of Ruhengeri, Rwanda. She has done different internships in Science based fields like RSB (Rwanda Standard Board) where she was in microbiology and food laboratories, in Bakhresa Grain Milling Rwanda(Azam Rwanda) In the Laboratory, Where she worked as an office assistant and a receptionist right after her internship.
She is currently working as a Program associate at Generation Rise and empowering girls is her great passion. In her free time, Emerita loves reading novels and meeting friends.
Lena Schulhofer, Communications Intern
Lena Schulhofer graduated in 2018 as a Jefferson Scholar from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in History. Born in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, she now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on a Fulbright Research Grant. Pursuing her interest in cross-cultural psychopathology and post-conflict reconciliation practices, Lena is using her time in Cambodia to research the efficacy and implications of importing Western conceptions of trauma and healing into the mental health practices of local clinicians and NGOs.
Her research in Cambodia is largely based on her experience as an intern at Generation Rise and at Ndera Psychiatric Hospital during the summer of 2017, and she cites Generation Rise’s founder, Solange, as her biggest inspiration for her current work and dreams to advance in the field. Lena has traveled all around the world and each of experience continues to reinforce that women’s empowerment, educating the youth, and healing from trauma are all necessary to prevent future violence and ensure sustainable progress. Still dedicated to the cause, she continues to aid in the empowerment and education of Rwandan adolescents by working remotely as the Communications Intern for Generation Rise.
2018-2020 Partner Schools
G.S. Kabuga Catholic High School
G.H. Gahanga 1 High School
Cloe Liparini, Chair | Board Member
Cloe Liparini has over twenty years of experience designing and delivering culturally inclusive programs to increase leadership effectiveness and civic engagement across boundaries. She has developed youth engagement, peacebuilding, and diversity and inclusion programs that focus on effective leadership through leadership of self and teams. Her experience spans higher education, NGO, corporate, and health care sectors.
Presently based in Geneva, Switzerland, she works extensively in Rwanda as the Senior Advisor for Leadership Development Programs and a lecturer in the master’s degree and Executive Education programs at the University of Global Health Equity (UGHE), an initiative of Partners in Health. She is the Founder and Principal Consultant of Intercultural Interventions, and volunteers with numerous youth initiatives focused on leadership development, peace-building, and social innovation. She has been a proud board member of Generation Rise since late 2018. To learn more about Cloe, click here.
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.
Thade Muhinze, Board Member
Bio coming shortly.