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Theme: Leapfrogging

November 17, 2018
5:00pm - 9:00pm CAT
(UTC +2hrs)
Rugando, Ville de Kigali
This event is open to the public.
Tickets are available.

TEDxRugando is a half-day event with an audience of about 100 in Westerwelle Startup Haus, Kigali. Our goal is to bring together Rwanda's best thinkers, innovators, entrepreneurs, professionals, and reformers to give talks that are idea-focused, and on a wide range of subjects, to foster learning, inspiration and wonder – and provoke conversations that matter.

Westerwelle Startup Haus
KG 622
Rugando, Ville de Kigali, NA
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Betty Tushabe

Public policy expert
Betty Tushabe is currently heading a capacity building project for the United Nations Industrial Development Agency (UNIDO) in Kigali, Rwanda, where she manages a team responsible for developing and executing the Rwanda National Industrial Research and Development Agency’s (NIRDA) strategy which provides a blueprint for how NIRDA assists enterprises address technological and technical barriers to their growth and competitiveness. Before joining UNIDO, Betty also worked with the Strategy and Policy Unit (SPU) in the Office of the President, Kigali Rwanda. Betty is passionate about innovation, research and technology policies, private sector development, youth and women empowerment and is a co-founder of SpokenWordRwanda (SWR), a platform that promotes poetry, spoken word and arts in Rwanda.

Reina Otsuka

Environmental Specialist, UNDP Rwanda
Reina is an Environmental Specialist at UNDP Rwanda, working on projects that contribute to creating an enabling environment for the advancement of the green economy. Areas of work include the domestication of the access and benefit mechanism; finance mechanisms for biodiversity conservation; and using the Internet of Things technology for climate early warning. She also has the role of Innovation Advisor to the country offices of Rwanda and other Anglophone countries in the Africa region. Prior to joining, Reina founded and led a social venture in Japan for nine years. She is experienced in providing support to the sustainability-innovation nexus-- from directly building the capacity of SMEs on sustainability and green product design to providing policy advice on connecting SDGs to Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) and technical support to public agencies on sustainable business competitions and workshops.

Tolu Agunbiade

Educator, Entrepreneur and Technology Enthusiast
Tolu Agunbiade is an educator, entrepreneur and technology enthusiast who currently teaches Entrepreneurship at the African Leadership University. Her passions center around entrepreneurship, technology, women empowerment and education (especially filling the gap in that sweet spot between what schools teach and what the world needs). The reason she's passionate about these is because she believes talent is universal, and if given the right combination of learning, experience and exposure, anyone can succeed. Tolu has an MBA from African Leadership University School of Business (Rwanda), a Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Glasgow Caledonian University (Scotland), and a BSc in Accounting from University of Abuja (Nigeria). Her career experience spans working in such organiations as Co-creation Hub Nigeria, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (Ghana), and Nokia West Africa.

Organizing team


Kigali, Rwanda


Kigali, Rwanda