Speakers

BRIAN KAGORO

2003 Regional Programme Advisor UNDP

Brian is the Regional Programme Advisor for the UNDP’s Africa Governance and Public Administration Programme as well as Officer in Charge (ad interim) of the UNDP Africa Governance Team. Brian is based in Addis Ababa at the UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa. A constitutional lawyer by training, he practiced law as partner at Kantor and Immerman, one of the leading law firms in Zimbabwe. He was instrumental in the formation of several civil society groups, including: the national constitutional assembly; the NGO Human Rights Forum; Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition; and the Centre for Citizen Participation in the African Union (CCP-AU). Brian has served on boards of both private sector and civil society groups, including: National Foods Ltd, Workers Trust, Amani Trust; CCP-AU; Action Aid International Ghana; and Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights. In 2002, he became the Founding Director of Crisis in Zimbabwe Coalition and was subsequently elected chairperson of the Crisis Coalition. In 2005, Brian was appointed Pan-African Policy Manager for Action Aid International, an international anti-poverty development agency headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa. Brian has served as a Consultant for several Regional Organizations, including the African Union Commission (AUC), NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency, and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

Mr. Lamin M. Manneh


(the Gambia) was appointed as the United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Rwanda on 12 September 2012. Prior to his appointment in Rwanda, Mr. Manneh served as the UN Resident Coordinator in Brazzaville, Congo for four years. Since 1996, Mr. Manneh has served in several senior managerial positions within UDNP, both at Headquarters in New York, as well as in Country Offices. He served in the Sierra Leone and Liberia Country Offices as the Senior Economic Advisor and Deputy Resident Representative, respectively. At the UNDP Headquarters in New York, he served first as Senior Regional Programme Advisor and then as the Head of the UNDP Regional Bureau’s Strategic and Regional Programmes Department for a total of eight years through 2008. During his tenure with UNDP, Mr. Manneh engaged widely in development policy through capacity development for policy analysis and sound economic management; poverty reduction and growth programs; post-conflict reconstruction, recovery planning, and implementation; trade and external sector competitiveness; private sector development; as well as MDG-based planning and policy processes. Before serving with UNDP, Mr. Manneh worked with the African Development Bank (ADB) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) as well as with the Ministry of Economic Planning and the Central Bank in the Gambia. Mr. Manneh recieved a post-graduate degree in Economic Policy, Investment Analysis, and Magnement from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1994 and a Master's Degree in Economics from the University of East Anglia, England.

Mrs. Françoise Kayitare Tengera


Acting Principal College of Business and Economics - University of Rwanda College of Business & Economics.