Jean Marie Vianney is the Country Director at Kepler Ethiopia. He leads the country strategy development and implementation of Kepler programs in Ethiopia, ensuring the creation and development of a strong team, building and maintaining strong partnerships in and out of the country, and ensuring the successful beneficiaries’ skills development and successful transition into decent careers. He led the expansion of Kepler to Ethiopia and the launch of the Graduate Employment Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
Previously, Jean Marie Vianney served as the Director of Careers and Alumni affairs where he contributed in the creation and refining of different career development initiatives for students, supported in building strong employer partnerships that led to the achievement of a 90% employment rate and the first Kepler refugee graduates with full time employment, and he supported in the initiation of the Kepler alumni association that impacts the community. Prior to that, held different academic positions at Kepler, leading the contextualization and delivery of Kepler courses, and he supported the successful expansion of Kepler in Kiziba refugee camp.
Before joining Kepler, Jean Marie Vianney worked with the Rwanda Agriculture Technology Demonstration Center where he supported cooperatives of smallholder farmers in adopting new agriculture technologies and using agriculture mechanization to increase their harvest. He also worked with the Rwanda Private Sector Federation’s Chamber of Agriculture, working in farmers’ capacity building. Jean Marie Vianney holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness from University of Rwanda and is pursuing an MBA in Project Management at Mount Kenya University. He is passionate about youth skills development and career development, and supporting access to quality education for marginalized communities.