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Ambassador James Kimonyo to speak at UVa-Wise

James Kimonyo, the ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the United States, will be on campus on Monday, Feb. 25. 

Ambassador Kimonyo will deliver a public lecture on the topic of “Rwandan Education” in the Chapel of all Faiths at 1 p.m. WISE DEVELOP is the organizer of the event.

Prior to his current position, Ambassador James Kimonyo was Rwanda’s Ambassador to the Republic of South Africa and non-Resident Ambassador to Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Kingdom of Swaziland and the Kingdom of Lesotho where he served for two years.

Since 1994, Ambassador James Kimonyo has been instrumental in the political and socio-economic reforms in Rwanda where he held several key positions within the government.
He was appointed to head the department of Rehabilitation and Reconstruction under several ministries including; Rehabilitation and Social Integration, Home Affairs, Communal Development and Resettlement as well as the ministry of Lands, Resettlement and Environmental Protection. Ambassador Kimonyo has also played a vital role in the repatriation, resettlement and reintegration programs of former Rwandan refugees.
Prior to his diplomatic career, Ambassador Kimonyo served as the Governor of the Eastern and Southern provinces respectively (Kibungo and Butare). As a governor he was directly involved in efforts to enhance good governance, justice, economic development and social progress. He has an outstanding record for his dedication to strengthening and fostering the unity and reconciliation process in Rwanda.
In addition, the Ambassador has a wide range of experience with international organizations. He served as a national director and coordinator of several projects funded by different international organizations including UNHCR, UNDP and UN-HABITAT. 

Ambassador Kimonyo has a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering and holds a Master's Degree in Engineering Project Management.