Dativah Bideri Mukamusonera– Country Director Dativah is one inspiring women- she ran for parliament in her local district and is a passionate advocate for women. She holds a Bachelor’s in Business Administration and a MBA in Strategic Management. Before Komera she held positions in finance administration and in strategic planning and budgeting for Rwanda’s Teacher College.
Rosemary Musiimire – Deputy Country Director Rosemary is a graduate of Makerere University in Uganda with a focus on Education, Literature and English Language and completed a post-graduate program with a focus in Human Resource Management. The past three years Rosemary worked as a senior mentor in a mentorship training program under the Rwandan Education Board.
Ruth Kamatali – Social Worker Manager Ruth joins Komera after spending six years as a trauma and healing counselor for the Anglican Church of Rwanda, Kigali Diocese. She holds her Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources and Business Administration from the School of Finance and Banking. Ruth has spent much of her career working with adolescent girls and is passionate about education and empowerment.
Veneranda Barungi – Community Development and Training Manager Veneranda joins Komera after a decade of fighting for gender equality as the Social Empowerment Officer at Women for Women International. She holds a degree is Social Work and Social Administration from the National University of Rwanda. Veneranda is dedicated to fighting gender-based violence and gender mainstreaming, and is passion about health and wellness.
Vestine Uwamahoro – Program Administrator Vestine joined the Komera team after graduating from the Komera Post-Secondary Transition Program. As a former Komera scholar, Vestine was a bright student who excelled in the nine-month intensive program upon graduation. Vestine started as an intern at the Komera office, and was hired on hired on full time in 2015. She helps the Komera staff with daily operations of programs and has become an essential part of the team.
Justine Mbabazi – Assistant Accountant Justine is a former Komera Scholar who joined our staff in 2016. While in the Komera Post Secondary Transition Program, Justine saw a need in her community for a nursery school, and worked with the government to address the problem by opening a school. She was hired on as their first teacher! After her success as a school teacher, Justine transitioned to a job as an accountant, which was her major in school, for a local milk factory. With much experience in business, Justine was hired to assist the staff with finance and accounting.
Margaret Butler – Executive Director Margaret brings a background in teaching, international development and non-profit management to Komera. Margaret spent a year in Rwanda working with Partners In Health and The Clinton Foundation in health-related projects. Upon recognizing a need, Margaret founded Komera to support adolescent girls and their community. Margaret is also the co-founder of the East African Girls Leadership Summit, which brings together promising young women from across Eastern Africa to be effective change makers in the world. Most recently, Margaret co-founded, AMPLIFY, a consortium of like-minded community-based organizations working to create strong, vibrant African communities by investing in girls’ education and leadership development. AMPLIFY’s mission is to collaborate, share and work together to develop female leaders and amplify the voice of community-based organizations. Margaret has been profiled in Canadian National News, The Christian Science Monitor, Forbes and was named an EXTRAordinary Woman in Boston in 2016.
Lauren LeBlanc – Development & Communications Manager Lauren joins the Komera team after working as a strategic marketing and donor recognition project consultant to nonprofit organizations. A graduate of Hiram College with a double major in Political Science and Sociology, Lauren is passionate about female empowerment and providing opportunities for women and girls to achieve their dreams! Her experience in the nonprofit sector includes work in the micro-finance, fair trade and social justice industries.