Paula Ingabire

Paula Ingabire is a Rwandan technology professional and politician, who serves as the Minister of Information and communications technology and Innovation, in the Cabinet of Rwanda, since 18 October 2018.[1][2]

Paula Ingabire
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Born (1983-01-24) 24 January 1983 (age 38)
OccupationMinister of ict and innovation
Years active2008–present
Known forTechnology and politics
TitleMinister of ICT and Innovation in the cabinet of Rwanda

Background and educationEdit

Ingabire studied at the University of Rwanda, graduating with a Bachelor's degree. She went on to obtain a Master of Science degree in Information and communications technology, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She was a Systems Design & Management Fellow at MIT.[3]

Career before politicsEdit

Before her current appointment, Ingabire was the Head of the Kigali Innovation City initiative. Prior to that, she held the position of Head of ICT at the Rwanda Development Board.[1][2][4]

As a politicianEdit

Ingabire joined the reshuffled cabinet of President Paul Kagame who reduced the members of cabinet from 31 to 26. The cabinet is 50 percent women; making Rwanda, and Ethiopia, the only two African countries with gender equality in their governments.[5]

As cabinet minister, Ingabire is a promoter and advocate of blockchain technology. She visualises the technology as being part of what she terms the fourth industrial revolution technologies. Such innovations can help Rwanda develop her healthcare systems, and tourism sectors, according to the minister. She attends the monthly meetings of the Rwanda Blockchain Community.[6]

Other activitiesEdit


In March 2020, Ingabire was named among the 115 young global leaders of the year 2020, by the World Economic Forum. The list includes public officials, journalists, activists, artists, educators, business innovators, and technology developers, who are below the age of 40.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Collins Mwai (19 October 2018). "Kagame reshuffles Cabinet, women take up more slots". The New Times (Rwanda). Kigali. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  2. ^ a b Jean de la Croix Tabaro (18 October 2018). "Rwanda Gets New 50-50 Gender Cabinet, Fewer Ministers". Kigali: KTPress Rwanda. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  3. ^ The World Summit Awards (28 July 2020). "Paula Ingabire: Minister of ICT and Innovation of Rwanda". Salzburg, Austria: The World Summit Awards. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  4. ^ Jean Pierre Afadhali (21 May 2016). "Rwanda seeks investor for tech city". The EastAfrican. Nairobi. Retrieved 19 October 2018.
  5. ^ Ignatius Ssuuna1 (19 October 2018). "Rwanda unveils gender-balanced cabinet with 50 percent women". The Independent. London. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  6. ^ Emmanuel Côme Mugisha (12 December 2019). "Rwanda Keen on Accelerating Development of Blockchain" (via The New Times (Rwanda). Kigali. Retrieved 28 July 2020.
  7. ^ World Economic Forum Appoints New Members to Board of Trustees World Economic Forum, press release of 2 September 2020.
  8. ^ Lavie Mutanganshuro (12 March 2020). "Rwanda: WEF Names Minister Ingabire Among Top Young Global Leaders" (via The New Times (Rwanda). Kigali. Retrieved 28 July 2020.

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