Dennis Hanno

Founder and President

Dennis is the President of Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts. IDEA4Africa is an extension of the work Dennis has been engaged in for almost two decades educating, mentoring and incubating young entrepreneurs who are solving problems and ultimately changing the country’s economy. Since 2000, hundreds of college and university students, alumni, staff and professors have traveled with Dennis to Sub-Saharan Africa to teach entrepreneurship to high school students, community members, and small business owners.

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Sarah Boorstyn Schwartz

Chief Operating Officer

Sarah came to IDEA4Africa after volunteering for several years to teach entrepreneurship and leadership skills in Rwanda with Dennis as part of the Babson Entrepreneurial Leadership Academy. In 2015/2016, Sarah had the opportunity to lead Babson undergraduate and graduate students, along with alumni and staff, to Tanzania to teach entrepreneurial skills to high school students and their teachers.

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Pamela Munyana

Country Director, Rwanda

Pamela Munyana is a Rwandan social entrepreneur with several years of international experience working with social impact institutions and especially ones that target children, youth and vulnerable groups of society.  Prior to joining IDEA4Africa as the Rwanda country director, Pamela worked as a teaching assistant at the United International College (UIC) in Zhuhai, China. During her time at UIC, she taught different subjects including world cultures, entrepreneurship across cultures and English.

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Elizabeth Nakato

Country Director, Uganda

Elizabeth (Betty) Nakato earned her B.S in Business Administration from Babson College December of 2013 and moved to Boulder, CO where she spent a year working with a business accelerator program for young entrepreneur from around the globe. She focused on recruiting and partnership building with peer organizations.

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Théogѐne Hategekimana

Rwanda Teacher Organizer

Theogene is the teacher organizer for IDEA4Africa. He graduated from Kibungo University in 2006 with a degree in education. In 2008 he became dean of Communication at Ecole Technique Saint Kizito Musha. From there Theogene went for a Master’s degree in business management from Kable University in Uganda which he completed in 2013.

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Richard Ngoga

Rwanda Project Coordinator

Richard Ngoga was born and raised in Rwanda where he graduated from high school studying mathematics, economics and geography. For the past two years he has worked as the co-founder of a HAND CRAFT AND DESIGN shop.

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Elijah Makuza

Rwanda Finance Coordinator

Elijah was born and raised in Rwanda. He is a high school graduate from Riviera high school where he studied history, economics geography and entrepreneurship. He is a highly motivated young entrepreneurial leader. Elijah attended IDEA4Africa’s session, the Wheaton Innovation and Leadership Laboratory workshop in 2016, representing his school. With great interest in learning and developing skills in the language of business (especially accounting), Elijah is excited to join the IDEA4AFRICA Rwanda team.

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Alice Ingabire

Rwanda  PR Coordinator Intern

Alice is currently completing her bachelor’s degree in computer science in the Information Technology Department at the University of Kigali.  Prior to working with IDEA4Africa, Alice worked as a Customer Care and Marketing Agent in Master Steel Ltd where she assisted customers with their queries and complaints and met the sales target of the company.


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Annie Dusabimana

Rwanda  Project Management Summer Intern

Annie is a summer intern coming to IDEA4Africa from Bridge2Rwanda. She is working with the project manager where she assists with the planning of the entrepreneurship trainings for students, teachers, and women.  Annie is a student at Westmont College, California, where she is pursuing Economics, Business and Psychology. She interned with the DVC director of finance at the University of Rwanda in 2017.


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Yvan Irankunda

Rwanda  Project Management Intern

Yvan is an intern at IDEA4Africa where he is working as part of the project management team. He assists with school visits teaching design making and report making. Yvan is a high school graduate who is planning on starting college next year in airport management and flight operations. Yvan is very passionate about learning and making an impact on his community. His dream is to one day start his own flight company.

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Linda Nakayiwa

Uganda High Coordinator

Linda holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Development Studies from Uganda Christian University, Mukono, and a Certificate in Teacher Training by Intel Corporation. Linda comes to us from KiBO Foundation an NGO that works to empower communities through Technology, Leadership and Entrepreneurship. During her time with KiBO Linda managed different projects including Intel Corporation, She Will Connect, and the African Alliance of Young Men Christian Association.

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Aristarque (Aris) Ashige

Uganda Refugee Camp Coordinator

Growing up in the Congo, Aristarque fled violence in 2014 and joined the rest of his family in Uganda where they currently reside in the Nakivale Refugee Camp. A true entrepreneur, Aristarque is a financial knowledge activist, human rights defender, and an English teacher. Aristarque studied Law, Economics and Finance at the University of Goma (UNIGOM) in Congo.

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