Joy Rwamwenge is the Executive Director of the Urugo Women's Opportunity Center in Rwanda.
She holds an MBA(Management) from the Management College of Southern Africa(MANCOSA), and an honours degree in Economics from Makerere university Uganda and has worked in multicultural environments including Uganda, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Malaysia and Rwanda.
Joy started her career as an educator in Social Studies, Economics and Entrepreneurship before actively engaging in private sector development.
Joy is an Expert in Entrepreneurship and SME development, Business incubation and leadership development. She has worked in the field of entrepreneurship and SME development for more than 18 years. She is very passionate about social change through entrepreneurship development
Before joining the Urugo Women’s opportunity center as the Executive Director, Joy was working at RDB (Rwanda Development Board) as SMEs Advisor and later as SME and Business Development Division Manager in the Export and SEZ department where she greatly contributed to the national SME strategy and cluster strategy initiative
Joy has pioneered business incubations in three African countries and worked with young entrepreneurs to spur the creation of innovative start-ups in ICT, Tourism Management and Hospitality, Design and innovation, Creative Multimedia, Architecture and Communications.
Joy is a public speaker that has spoken in various forums including 17th SACCA Congress, AIP (Africa Innovation Prize) for youth Entrepreneurs, SME investment expo and at the Global entrepreneurship week forum.
In addition Joy has produced a number of articles on SME Development also provided inputs to the joint ILO/OECD-DC research project on assessing the impact of labour migration in Rwanda; prepared write ups on disruptive Innovations for the launch of Start Up Grind – Kigali Chapter and a write up on domestic & regional SMEs and the role of FDI for TGAIS (The Global Africa Investment Summit)
She is an Online Business expert for Ignite Rwanda responsible for answering questions on business development
She is a non-executive director of Rwa Capital, a boutique investment firm focused on venture capital and investment management around SMEs based in Kigali Rwanda.