Co-founder and chair of Building Bridges with Rwanda, Lama’s journey as a community planner started as a teenager. He was sponsored by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees to study at L.B. Pearson College of the Pacific; a United World College International Baccalaureate program whose philosophy promoted international understanding. The two years he spent in this unique learning environment propelled him into a career in international development career. He went on to found Building Bridges with Rwanda as a non-profit organization to assist in the reconstruction of post-genocide Rwanda. Mugabo earned a BA in communication (SFU) and an MA in Community and Regional Planning (UBC). As a community planner, Lama continues to create opportunities that open doors to foster leadership for Africa’s future leaders. Currently, Lama is Associate Researcher at Simon Fraser University’s Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement, to engage a broad stakeholder engagement in bringing to life the United Nations International Decade of Peoples of African Descent through learning exchange workshops.
Cedric Habiyaremye, Ph.D.
Dr. Cedric Habiyaremye is the Vice-Chair of Building Bridges with Rwanda and Research Associate at Washington State University. He is also the Founder & CEO of QuinoaHub Ltd. Previously, he served as the youngest member of the Global Agriculture Task Force of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and has contributed as a co-author of the Global Food Security Report 2019. He also served as Executive Secretary of the Board of Directors of Building Bridges with Rwanda, Advisor on the Board of Directors of Better Life Rwanda and committee member of Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences Students Experience Advisory Council. His areas of focus are research, development, and policy in international agricultural development. He received his master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Agronomy and Crop Science from Washington State University, a BS in Agricultural Science with Honors in Irrigation and Drainage, and an Advanced Diploma in Soil and Water Management both from University of Rwanda College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine.
Natacha Ntagara is an inquisitive communications consultant, passionate about community development and an avid globetrotter. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree in Rhetoric and Communication. In addition, she also completed studies in Project Management. Prior to pursuing her passion for Communications as a consultant, she worked at several companies and institutions honing her skills and professional abilities. Notably, she previously worked as the chief communications officer for a public relations company based in Kigali, Rwanda. Currently, Natacha is active in the Canadian Public Health sector doing work within a communication and engagement team. On her spare time, she enjoys volunteering for local organizations, reading, writing, traveling and the great outdoors.
Steven Kega is an MSc. A student in Environmental Science from Thompson Rivers University, British Columbia. He holds a bachelor's’ degree in Soil and Water Management, Agriculture Engineering and Environmental Sciences from the University of Rwanda- College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicines. Steven has experience in hospitality management where he was managing a hospitality business for two years. Steven Joined BBR in 2011 as an intern in Food security, Nutrition, and wellness program. Currently working on evaluating the potential for increasing animal food productivity in mid-rotational-forested rangeland and environmental sustainability.