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Executive Director Nadine Karema is the current Executive Director of Partners In Health in Rwanda/Inshuti Mu Buzima (PIH/IMB) as of November 6th. Nadine joined PIH/IMB in 2013 and has held different positions as Health Information Systems (HIS) Manager, HIS Director, Informatics Director, Chief Informatics Officer, and recently as the Deputy Executive Director. Nadine's focus over the years has been on digital transformation, systems improvements, and strategic use of data for decisions aimed at better patient outcomes and socio-economic empowerment of vulnerable communities served by PIH/IMB. Besides her involvement at PIH/IMB, Nadine has supported the University of Global Health Equity Executive Education program as a Digital Health expert and Leadership instructor. She has also provided technical assistance to the Rwanda Ministry of Health (MOH) as the PIH/IMB focal point within the Digital Health Technical Work Group and as the Rwanda health sector NGOs co-chair of the National e-Learning Committee. Nadine mentors young women in Rwanda and performs guest speaker engagements at local universities educating the next generation of African tech leaders and innovators. She holds an MBA in International Business and Organizational Leadership and a Bachelor’s degree in Information Systems and Technology. Prior to joining PIH/IMB, Nadine worked in various positions at the University of California-San Diego. She also taught undergraduate courses in Business and Computer Programming in California career colleges.
Chief Finance Officer Brian Kasigazi joined PIH/IMB in July 2017 as Resource Development and Grants Director, and currently serves as Chief Finance Office since 2022. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (Finance) and a Master of Business Administration degree (Finance). He is a Grants Management Specialist with 20 years of practical work experience in resource mobilization, grants and contracts management and business management. His previous work engagements have been with Infectious Diseases Institute (Uganda) and Makerere University Business School (Uganda) where he worked as a Senior Grants and Contracts Manager and Finance Lecturer respectively.
Chief Operations Officer Mr RWIGEMA Gilbert is the Chief Operating Officerfor Partners In Health/ Inshuti Mu Buzima in Rwanda. As COO, he works day to day with PIH/IMB Executive Director and other PIH/ IMB Senior Leaders in driving effective and efficient implementation of health systems strengthening programs and delivering a preferential option for the poor in health care. The COO role oversees district programs as implementation sites, and all non-clinical programs of PIH/IMB including social and economic development programs, health infrastructure and support functions like logistics, transport and administration. He is in charge of establishing, implementing and evaluating all necessary systems to supports the delivery of PIH clinical and non-clinical programs. Mr. Rwigema holds an MBA with professional experience as Programs Manager and Teams leader. Prior to being appointed COO, he served PIH as a District Program Director of Burera, one of the 3 PIH supported districts. Through this role, he significantly led the site operations, health infrastructure development projects and partnership development within the district. Mr. Rwigema has an extensive experience of more than 26 years in humanitarian industry in Rwanda, with a significant experience leading community development programs, working with community and local partners within International NGOs and currently leading health systems strengthening programs.
Chief Human Resouces Officer Alice Uwingabiye is an MBA holder, with over 14 years of experience working directly with communities focusing on empowerment of Rwanda’s rural health sector and the most vulnerable people. She joined PIH/IMB in 2006 when PIH/IMB was expanding its activities in Kirehe District. She occupied different positions. From the Administrative Assistant to Deputy Program Manager and then District Program Director where she was a PIH representative in Kirehe, overseeing and coordinating all PIH activities also ensuring the partnership and collaboration between PIH and local government in Kirehe District. This has enabled her to analyze and solve social, economic, and health challenges in grassroots communities. Together with other PIHers, she advocated for more than 300,000 people without a hospital or adequate Health Clinics in Kirehe District.
Chief Medical Officer Fredrick Kateera is a Rwanda Medical Doctor with Postgraduate Trainings in Epidemiologist and Immunology & Immunogenetics. He completed his Doctorate studies in Malaria Epidemiology and a Post- Doctoral Fogarty Global Health Fellowship in Malaria Epidemiology. He has over 15 years of experience as a Rural Hospital and Research Clinician. He has also worked in HIV program management, and he is a Global Fund Certificated Public Health Expert involved in Monitoring and Evaluating Malaria Program implementation. Currently, he works as the Chief Medical Officer at Partners In Health – Rwanda overseeing all Clinical, Research and Training functions. He is a Global Health advocate with a passion for rural setting Clinical and research program design, Implementation and evaluations. He is a Principal Investigator on multiple research grants including NIH funded grant in the field of Infectious Diseases.