Gonzalves Nshimiyimana


  • 2014- PhD Candidate, International Small Enterprise Promotion and Training (SEPT) Program, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 2008-2010 MBA in Small and Medium-sized Enterprise Development, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 1997-2002 BA in Political Science and Administration, National University of Rwanda, Rwanda


Professional Experience

  • From May 2017 Director of Africa-German Entrepreneurship Academy (AGEA)-Rwanda Chapter
  • Jan 2015-Aug 2017 Researcher in the Project: "Does opportunity reduce instability? A meta-analysis of skills and employment interventions in Least and Medium Income Countries", Consortium Members: UNU Merit Maastricht, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, Pan African Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, International Security and Development Center, INES-Ruhengeri
  • 2014- Founder and Coordinator of INES-Business Incubation Center (INES-BIC), Rwanda
  • 2013- Coordinator of INES-ICCRD (Interdisciplinary Competence Centre for Regional Development), Rwanda
  • 2011- Assistant Lecturer at INES-RUHENGERI- Department of Enterprise Management
  • 2011- Assistant Lecturer at Kigali Independent University, Department of International Relations
  • 2006-2008 Coordinator of Unit in charge of Good Governance and Social Affairs, Southern Province, Rwanda
  • 2003-2005 In charge of relations between Province and Districts/ Gitarama Province, Rwanda


Key qualifications

  • Entrepreneurship management
  • Adult training, Coaching and Mentoring
  • Project management


Scholarships and Awards

  • 2008-2010: DAAD to pursue MBA in SEPT, University of Leipzig, Germany


Training and workshops

  • 28.07.-01.08.2014: Advocacy for improving the business environment in fragile and conflict affected regions, by SPARK, Rwanda
  • 24.04.-28.04.2014: Industry-Academia relationship in enhancing Entrepreneurship in Rwanda, INES-Ruhengeri in Collaboration with University of Leipzig through Intelligence for Innovation (in4in), Rwanda
  • 20.01.-22.01.2014: Potatoes Value chain promotion in Rwanda, INES-Ruhengeri in collaboration with Bern University of Applied Sciences, School of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Sciences (HAFL), Rwanda
  • 15.06.-19.06.2013: Entrepreneurship enhancement at African Universities, SEPT, University of Leipzig, Germany
  • 20.04.-22.4.2013: Managing Business Incubation, by InfoDev, Rwanda



  • Overall employees’ satisfaction and customer service delivery in the upcountry express public road transport in Rwanda, African Journal of Business and Management, Vol. 3, 2013 ISSN 2079-410X, ISBN 978-9966-1570-3-4
  • INES Business Incubation Center - Training Material for a Business Plan. In: Dornberger, U.; R. Adu-Gyamfi; P. Sommer [Eds.] (2015): Entrepreneurship Promotion at Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Research Centers. International SEPT Program, Leipzig, Leipzig University.


Conference and workshop presentations

  • 02.11.-4.11.2014, Teaching modules that connect Universities and Industry; in “The Role of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in facilitating Academia - Industry Linkage through Entrepreneurship and Innovation”, iN4iN Africa Conference, ASTU, Ethiopia
  • 24.11.-28.11.2012, The impact of SACOLA (Sabyinyo Community Livelihoods Association) in the conservation of Volcanoes National Park- Rwanda; in “The co-existence of nature, economy and society as base for sustainable economic development”, SEPT, Leipzig University, Germany


Gonzalves Nshimiyimana

International SEPT Program
Leipzig University
Ritterstr. 9-13
04109 Leipzig

Tel:   +49-(0)341-9737145
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