The Permanent Representative

Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza

Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza has worked for more than twenty five years on African and global development issues both from corporate and public sector; as senior Diplomat, national and international public servant and corporate manager in national, regional and multilateral organisations. She is a Cabinet Member since 2013 and has held different portfolio as Minister with the Government of Rwanda.

In October 2016, Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza was appointed the Rwanda Permanent Representative to the UN and remains a Member of Cabinet of the Government of Rwanda. Prior to this, she was the Minister in the Ministry of East African Community from July 2014 to October 2016. She also served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Rwanda Development Board and Member of Cabinet from October 2013 to July 2014.

Between 2005 and 2013, Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza served as the Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Prior to joining the WTO, she served as Rwanda Permanent Representative to the UNOG and all specialised agencies based in Geneva as well as Rwanda Ambassador to Switzerland.

Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza is a founding member of Imbuto Foundation, the Rwanda Private Sector Federation, the Rwanda Women Entrepreneurs’ Organisation and the Rwandese Women Leaders’ Caucus.

Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza is married to Mr. John Sendanyoye.