The Columbia University Club Foundation Ambassador Series: Valentine Rugwabiza

The Columbia University Club Foundation Ambassador Series: Valentine Rugwabiza

Please join the Columbia University Club Foundation Trustees and members of the United Nations Association of New York, the Penn Club of New York, and the Columbia University Club of New York for a presentation by Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Nations on the 25th Commemoration of the Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

6:00 to 6:30 p.m. | Registration
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Presentation with Q+A
7:30 to 8:00 p.m. | Reception

Registration is open to all Columbia Club and United Nations Association New York members. Member admission is free. Guests admission is $15. Registration is required.



Born on 25 July 1963, Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza has worked for more
than twenty five years on African and global development issues in both corporate and public sector; as a senior Diplomat, national and international public servant and corporate manager in national, regional and multilateral organizations.

In October 2016, Ambassador Valentine Rugwabiza was appointed the Rwandan Permanent Representative to the United Nations. 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’s Permanent Representative to the UNOG and all specialized agencies based in Geneva as well as Rwandan 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.