Emery Rubagenga
CEO, ROKA Global Resources

Speaker Profile

Emery Rubagenga is a Rwandan businessman, who is passionate about Africa's development in all aspects and driven by a sincere desire and commitment to make a difference in Africa's quest for self-sufficiency in this generation. He is the CEO of ROKA, one of the largest mining companies in Rwanda and has mentored several young Rwandans to become successful entrepreneurs through his work as the first vice president of the Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs of the Rwanda Private Sector Federation. He is also the founder and CEO of Ishango Consulting Limited, an investment consulting firm that provides assistance to clients as they navigate East Africa's business and regulatory framework with the aim of tapping into one of the greatest wealth creation opportunities in the world today.

Before joining ROKA, Mr. Rubagenga served, as the Rwanda representative for the Microsoft Corporation in Rwanda, bringing a wealth of networks and synergies that have been enabled by a conducive environment in a country that has successfully positioned itself as an emerging technology hub for the region. For several years he worked for one the largest manufacturing companies in Rwanda and conducted several consultancies in the areas of strategic management, investment promotion as well as marketing in the East African Region.

Mr. Rubagenga has received the highest Junior Chamber International (JCI) honor as the only JCI Senator (unique tribute paid to an individual for dedication and outstanding service on the national level). Mr. Rubagenga is also the Chairman of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) for Africa Great Lakes Chapter and has in that regard spearheaded various international events promoting foreign investments in Africa while facilitating the region's visibility within YPO membership in London, Hong Kong, Dubai, Toronto, Washington-DC to mention but a few.

Mr. Rubagenga serves on several boards in Rwanda’s private sector as well as international corporations ranging from Technology companies and breweries to energy and education. He is the local representative of PUM-Netherlands (Netherland Management cooperation program), an organization that aims to empower the private sector through connecting entrepreneurs in developing countries and emerging markets with senior experts from the Netherlands who devote their knowledge to mentoring and coaching. Mr. Rubangenga is well recognized as a great entrepreneurship development supporter for the youth in Rwanda and the region. He is the chairman of the Sager Ganza Microfinance organization and has been called upon to serve on advisory boards of Skol Breweries and the African Innovation Prize (a Non-Governmental Organization empowering young graduates to become entrepreneurs).

Mr. Rubagenga obtained his bachelor’s degree in Business Management from the National University of Rwanda. He continues to pursue his passion of sharpening his corporate management expertise through dedicating significant amount of his time to executive professional development and learning at the London Business School and the Maastricht School of Management in the Netherlands. Mr. Rubagenga lives in Kigali with his wife and son.

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