Dativah Bideri Mukamusonera
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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