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EY - Clare Akamanzi

Clare Akamanzi

Rwanda Development Board

Clare Akamanzi is CEO of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) and a member of the Cabinet of Rwanda. Prior to this role, she served as Head of Strategy and Policy for President Paul Kagame and for more than seven years as COO of the RDB.

Clare is an international trade and investment lawyer who has lived, attended school and worked in seven countries on three continents, but nothing beats the privilege of being part of rebuilding her nation. She previously served as a commercial diplomat in London and as a trade negotiator in Geneva at the World Trade Organization.

Clare is a 2012 Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was named one of Africa’s top 20 leading women in economic development by Forbes in 2013. She is a Harvard Kennedy School MPA alumna who holds an LLM (International Trade and Investment) with distinction from the University of Pretoria, South Africa, and an LLM (Hons) from Makerere University, Uganda.