Jean Munyurangabo, Founder
Jean Munyurangabo was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1968. He graduated from Lubumbashi University in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Management/Project Management. He is fluent in Kinyarwanda, English, French Kirundi, Swahili and Lingala. Jean has Rwandan nationality, is married and has three children.
Prior to founding ARDR, Jean worked for the Rwanda Agency of Tourism (ORTPN) managing the supervision of Rwanda’s national parks. He then worked as Deputy Country Director for the Japanese International Organization of Refugees and Resettlement after the genocide.
The Japanese left Rwanda after the relief phase was completed; therefore Jean founded ARDR in 1999 as a means of transitioning their work into the development phase. He established ARDR in the Eastern Province of Rwanda focusing on the most vulnerable citizens (especially women and children).
Jean has been the executive director since founding ARDR and continues to expand his staff and programs to meet the needs of those he services. When asked why he does what he does Jean simply stated “I love helping the community; I have the community in my heart.
Angelique Kasine was born in Rwamagana, Rwanda in 1976. She graduated from the Kigali Institute of Education in 2004 with a bachelor of Art and Social Sciences. She also received a diploma in journalism and Communication from the National University of Rwanda in 2011 which included specialized training in mass communications, reporting elections, climate change, HIV/AIDS and post-genocide development of women. She is married and fluent in Kinyarwanda, French, English and Swahili.
Angelique is currently a journalist at National Radio Rwanda who is tasked with ensuring her stories contain facts which are accurately assessed, analyzed and reported and with presenting an enlightened view of society and of those she interviews. She also feels a deep responsibility to contribute to Rwanda’s reconciliation.
Prior to working for National Radio Rwanda she was a journalist at Community Radio in Nyamagabe/Nyaruguru and prior to that at Community Radio in Gisenyi in western Rwanda.
Angelique has been an ARDR board member since 2003 and board chairperson since 2012. She was attracted to ARDR based on its mission and philosophy to help the most vulnerable citizens recovering from the genocide
Fred Nkundabatware, Legal Officer
Fred Nkundabatware was born in the Democratic Republic of Congo in 1974. He graduated from the National University of Rwanda in 2004 with a bachelor of Faculty of Law and is subsequently pursuing a masters degree in Business Law also at the National University of Rwanda in Kigali. The masters a has a broad field of study ranging from advanced banking and financial law to criminal law to human rights. He has Rwandan nationality and is married.
Fred is currently working as a Legal Officer for Rwanda Transport Development Agency. Prior to that he worked as a judge for the Primary Court Kiramuruzi in the Eastern Province of Rwanda and the Intermediate Court of Ngoma and as an immigration officer at Kanyaru Border.
Fred joined the ARDR board after reading about the work being performed by ARDR. He was moved by ARDR’s positive impact on the country’s most vulnerable citizens.