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Komera Team 

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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 joining Komera, she held positions in finance administration and in strategic planning and budgeting for Rwanda’s Teacher College.

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Rosemary Musiimire
Deputy Country Director

Rosemary is a graduate of Makerere University in Uganda with a focus on Education, Literature and English Language. She also 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.

 
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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.

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Veneranda Barungi
Community Development & 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 in Social Work and Social Administration from the National University of Rwanda. Veneranda is dedicated to fighting gender-based violence and gender mainstreaming, and is passionate about health and wellness.

 
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Sylvia Murekatete
HR & Finance Manager

Sylvia holds a bachelor’s degree in Management from Kigali Independent University (ULK). Sylvia worked as an Internal Auditor of the District within six years and joined Komera after three year as District Start Up Development Officer. Sylvia was drawn to Komera because of her passion for empowering and developing of young women.

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Josephine Mutamba
Teen Mother Advancement Program Coordinator

Josephine holds an advanced diploma in General Nursing, and joins Komera after 11 years of work in the nursing profession. Josephine leads the Teen Mother Advancement Program at Komera to support pregnant youth and teen mothers through health, education and economic development. In her prior role, Josephine was in charge of Adolescent Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (ASRH) at Mukarange Health Center in the Kayonza District.

 
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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.

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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 Komera staff with finance and accounting.

 
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Scovia Kamatenesi
Administrative Assistant

As a Komera scholar graduate, Scovia joins the Komera team after completing her bachelor’s degree in 2017 in Agricultural Economics and Rural Development from the University of Rwanda. Scovia was Komera’s very first University graduate! She brings much to the program with her first-hand experience as a scholar, and her passion to advise and mentor her younger Komera sisters to help them achieve their goals. Scovia supports the Komera team in all aspects, and also manages the Komera University Scholar and Alumni Program.

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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.

 
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Lauren Mason
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 alleviating poverty and inequality through empowerment. Her experience in the nonprofit sector includes work in the micro-finance, fair trade and social justice industries.

 
 
 
 
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Komera Board

RWANDA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Donatha Gihana Deputy Country Director, Girl Hub

Juliette Muzaire Human Resource Specialist, Chemonics International

Honoline Niyigena Executive Assistant, Qatar Airways

Alice Nyirimana  Social Worker Manager, Partners In Health

Evelyn Mukakabano Social Worker Manager, Rwinkwavu Hospital

Edward Shyaka District Project Manager, Partners in Health

Jackline Mukayisiri Manager, Bank of Rwanda

Solange Ayanone Managing Director, Afri-Media

Francis Kamanzi Lecturer, College of Education, University of Rwanda

Jackline Mukashyaka Student, University of Rwanda

Pierrine Musabyemaria Student, University of Rwanda

Dativah Bideri Country Director, Komera

Monica Keza Katumwine Managing Director, BBoX

Boston ADVISORY BOARD

Lisa Eisenbud Founder, GoGirlGlobal

Siiri Morley Executive Director, Strong Women Strong Girls

Victoria Gomez Store Manager, Lululemon Athletica Chestnut Hill

Allyson McDonald Former Global President, Ellevate Network

Leonela Gonzalez Educational Consulting, ESL Instructor, Tufts University

San Francisco ADVISORY BOARD

V.A. Lopes Senior Vice President, Management Supervisor, Giant Creative Strategy

Sasha Rabsey Manager, HOW Fund and Co-founder of Present Purpose Network

U.S. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

David Boehmer Partner, Heidrick and Struggles and Board Chair

Elizabeth Bohart  Executive Director and Co-Founder of Watchers of the Sky Initiative

Margaret Butler  Founder and Executive Director, Komera

Kristen Gengaro SVP Group Account Director, CAHG/TBWA Worldhealth

John Hagarty COO, Morgan Stanley Investment Management

Ali Samadi Managing Director, Equity Derivatives at Nomura Securities

Larkin Callaghan Director of Strategy, Communications & Partnerships; AIDS Research Institute, USC San Francisco

Jessica Rivera Health & Science Communications Executive

Victoria Reese Managing Partner, Heidrick and Struggles

New York ADVISORY BOARD

Jessica Brennan Managing Director, Carlyle Group

Amy Synnott D’Annibale Executive Editor, Harper’s Bazaar

Kristina Apgar Communications Manager, Kenya Education Fund

Bernadett Vajda Image Consultant

Elizabeth Langel Associate Principal, Heidrick & Struggles

Arlette Umuhoza Precious Metals Analyst, Blenheim Capital Management

Julie Henderson Co-founder, ALDA Models

Danielle Redman  Co-founder, ALDA Models

Consolee Nishimwe Activist, Public Speaker, and Author

Annelise Osborne former Senior Vice President, Moody’s Investor Service