Williams Nkurunziza

High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom

His Excellency Williams Nkurunziza is the High Commissioner of the Republic of Rwanda to the United Kingdom and non-resident Ambassador to Ireland.

His previous posting was in India, as High Commissioner of Rwanda to India, with concurrent accreditations to the People’s Republic of Bangladesh and the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka as well as designate-Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Union of Myanmar. Prior to his diplomatic career, he served as Director General of the Rwanda Investment and Export Promotional Agency (RIEPA) during which time he worked tirelessly to reposition post-genocide Rwanda in the international marketplace as an ideal investment destination and a reliable trading partner. During this time, he also served on President Paul Kagame’s Presidential Economic Advisory Council. H.E. Nkurunziza is widely travelled and has attended and or addressed international conferences and seminars in over 50 countries across the world – in the Americas, Europe (including the UK), Africa and Asia, on Rwanda’s socio-econo-political development, investment opportunities and potential for trade partnerships.

Beyond public service, H.E. Nkurunziza also boasts a rich private sector experience, having served at senior corporate levels in Namibia, Kenya and Uganda. Until his Ambassadorial appointment, he was Group Managing Director, Habib Investments, a holding company in Uganda with interests in telecommunications, oil and gas, banking, property development, engineering, agriculture and motor vehicle leasing. He also served on private and public sector boards in Kenya, Uganda and Namibia, including a long stint as Chairman of the Namibia Offshore Financial Services taskforce and as a member of President Sam Njuma’s Smart Partnership Council in Namibia.

H.E. Nkurunziza attended universities in South Africa, Kenya and Uganda and holds the following academic and professional qualifications: MBA, Potchefstroom University, South Africa; B.A (Hons) Makerere University, Uganda; PGDip. Mass Communication, Nairobi University, Kenya,and a Cerficate in Advanced Capital Markets Management from SIDA/University of Stockholm, Sweden.

He has been awarded the Aryabatha International Award by the Aryabatha civil organization in Bangalore, India, for his contribution to international understanding.

H.E. Nkurunziza is married to Leonia, with who they have 3 children. His hobbies include reading, writing poetry and playing golf. An anthology of his poems has been published.