Rosette Chantal Rugamba

Founder, Songa Africa

Membership:  Class of 2010 (Uwepo)

Rosette has been actively involved in Travel and Tourism for the past 16 years beginning with Euro Star, and then British Airways before returning to her native Rwanda to spearhead a revitalization of the Tourism Industry as Director General of Rwanda Tourism (ORTPN) and later as Deputy CEO of Rwanda Development Board (RDB). During her seven years at ORTPN and RDB, she oversaw the transformation of Rwanda Tourism from a primarily single-product industry attracting 13,000 visitors annually into a multifaceted one drawing over 790,000. As a result, Rwanda is now one of the most sought after destinations and tourism is now the leading foreign exchange earner for the country.

One notable achievement was the role she played in the establishment of the Transboundary agreement with Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo which outlines the transboundary management of the Mountain Gorilla population, utilization of revenue earned and the establishment of the Greater Virunga Transboundary Secretariat.

Rosette’s other responsibilities included being the chairperson of Prime Holdings, Board member Rwanda Tourism board and Rwanda Investment authority. Currently, she serves on the board of Akagera Management Company and member of African Leadership in conservation.

Rosette established Songa Africa in March 2010 as the vehicle she could use to take her knowledge, share her experience and determined energy across Africa in pursuit of responsible Tourism and conservation of our natural resources.

Rosette holds a Bachelor’s degree in Political science and French from Makerere University, Uganda. She is married to Henry with three children, Matthew, Henrietta and Zachary.

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