2020

Annual

Report

Oliver Sabot

Note from the Chair of the Board of Directors

This past year has been a particularly challenging and transformative year for Kepler. Like all education organizations around the world, Kepler’s plans and operations were disrupted by the pandemic. I am extremely proud of how the team responded, navigating a series of major changes that have dramatically strengthened the organization.

I want to acknowledge and celebrate three major milestones. The first is that compared to many universities, and despite an ongoing pandemic with all its operational and financial implications, we were well placed to transition to remote learning given our existing emphasis on digital learning. As a result, student learning and employment outcomes have remained high, further cementing the relevance and success of our model. Second, Nathalie Munyampenda took the helm as CEO after two years of strong leadership from Dan Gwinnell who has transitioned on to the board. Nathalie’s leadership has been exceptional through the pandemic and other major shifts.

Finally, we moved Kepler from its original space to a beautiful, large campus in Kigali, requiring extensive renovations and lots of other logistical juggling from the team. We are excited to have students now back on campus. We are cautiously optimistic for 2021 and look forward to reaching new heights. 

Oliver Sabot

Note from the CEO of Kepler

Since our launch in 2013, Kepler’s mission has been to provide a genuine pathway for marginalized youth to exit poverty. We pride ourselves in providing a different kind of education – one that combines in-person, online and on-the-job learning in service of a singular goal: decent jobs for marginalized and economically disadvantaged young Africans. The covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated the need and urgency for what Kepler offers.

Through our partnership with Southern New Hampshire University (SNHU), we have served close to 2,000 students across our campuses in Kigali and the Kiziba refugee camp in western Rwanda as well as through our secondary school refugee preparatory program, Iteme. The majority of these students come from vulnerable backgrounds – 50% are women, and more than 25% are refugee learners. We are proud to continue to serve our students and see them transform their lives and their communities.

Despite the major challenges posed by the pandemic, particularly to employment, we continue to work towards a 90% employment rate for our graduates, six months from graduation.

Looking forward to 2021– we expect to be accredited as Kepler College in Rwanda and launch our Graduate Employment Program (GEP) in Ethiopia. Both these programs will allow us to expand access and serve more young Africans, providing them 21st century skills that make them competitive on the global job market.

We are grateful for the support of our partners.

Nathalie Munyampenda

Our Impact

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Kigali

Kepler first started its partnership with Southern New Hampshire University in 2013 to offer SNHU’s accredited online degrees at our site in Kigali. The goal of the partnership is to serve talented Rwandan students who would struggle to pay for higher education. Kepler offers students in Rwanda high-quality support services to help graduates in the transition to employment.

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Kiziba

In 2015, Kepler opened a site at the Kiziba Refugee Camp in western Rwanda in partnership with Southern New Hampshire University, the IKEA Foundation, Rwanda’s Ministry of Disaster Management and Refugees and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR). The Kiziba camp was opened two decades ago for those fleeing conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is currently home to over 17,000 refugees. The Kiziba site allows promising students living in the camp to earn a U.S. accredited degree from Southern New Hampshire University and pursue employment opportunities.

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This year has been a challenging year globally for employment but we have remained close to our goal of 90% employment within six months of graduation. In 2021, we plan to accelerate efforts to improve employment around our refugee population.

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Degree Partnership

Southern New Hampshire University’s Global Education Movement (GEM) works with proven, on the ground partners to offer higher education programs for students affected by forced displacement. GEM provides refugees and other vulnerable populations with the opportunity to pursue a US-accredited BA or AA degree online through their self paced program. Kepler has been a proud SNHU partner since our founding in 2013, and we have been thrilled to participate in the growth of this international community of learners as GEM has expanded with partners in Lebanon, South Africa, Kenya, and Malawi. Watch the 5-minute TED Talk to hear directly from students and the program’s executive director, Chrystina Russell, about how GEM’s flexible, competency-based model sets up graduates for success and empowerment wherever they are.

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Iteme (bridge in Kinyarwanda) is an instructional program supporting refugee and vulnerable students across Rwanda to transition from secondary education to college or a career.

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Ethiopia

In late 2020, Kepler launched our pilot Graduate Employment Program in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The program is a partnership between Kepler and two public polytechnic colleges, Nefas Silk Polytechnic College and Addis Ababa Tegbareid Polytechnic College. Kepler’s work in Ethiopia aims to improve the employability of recent graduates by filling critical gaps in soft skills such as communication, technology, problem solving, and professionalism.

Looking Ahead

Higher education institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa are challenged to address the increasing concerns on access, cost and quality of higher education in the region. In order to respond to this critical challenge by expanding Kepler’s impact on the higher education landscape in Sub-Saharan Africa through a scalable, affordable and quality higher education model, we are at the final stage of the institutional and program accreditation process to establish Kepler College in Rwanda. Through Kepler College, we are excited to start a project management undergraduate program with a vision to launch three other relevant programs including innovation and entrepreneurship with a total student enrollment reaching 1600 in the next five years.

Our vision is to establish an innovative model of higher education by addressing the concerns on access, cost and quality of higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa. Through an innovative students’ income share agreement, we will be able to remove financial barriers to access higher education for students from vulnerable communities. Students will not be required to pay in advance for their education; but through a gainful employment. This scalable model will contribute towards enhancing higher education enrollment rate in Sub-Saharan Africa, which was about 9% in 2019 according to the World Bank and this was much lower than the global average of about 38%.

In order to ensure high employment outcomes, Kepler gives special attention to the alignment of the curriculum, academic offerings, assessment and career support to the labour market needs. Students at Kepler College will be supported to drive their own learning and they will be assessed on their ability to apply their knowledge and skills on various work-like projects. We will also be able to bring students from diverse backgrounds to a similar level by bridging the gap in their school education by offering foundational modules in communication, technology and critical thinking at the start of their education.

-Vice Chancellor, Baylie Yeshita Damtie

New Campus

Kepler’s Kigali campus found a new home in 2020! The space will allow Kepler to continue expanding our student body with the introduction of new programs.

New pathways to employment

What do we want to do next?

Expand our services through newly launched Kepler College & other partnerships

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Expand to new geographies

Scale innovative education financing model through Future of Work Fund

Highlights

CHANCEN

Focus countries are;

Rwanda
Kenya
South Africa

Offer opportunities to more young people through upskilling programs

Tailored Programs in Rwanda (2021)

In consultation with the government and partners, piloting blended programs that support the TVET ecosystem and government positions with competencies offered by Kepler’s Foundation Program. Working to build a national internship program for critical positions with goal to place Kepler graduates (although open to all graduates in Rwanda).

Graduate Employment Program (Ethiopia, 2021)

Built on Kepler Foundation program to providing communication, technology and professional competencies/soft skills to TVET and university graduates in Ethiopia who are unemployed.

Sustainability

Given our mission to offer high quality education to young people who would not usually access higher education and training, Kepler’s funding model has been heavily philanthropy driven. With shifting donor priorities and the additional strain of the Covid-19 pandemic, over the last three years we have been focused on Kepler’s sustainability and reducing reliance on philanthropy.

A key aspect of our strategy is our partnership with Chancen International, with whom we launched an ethical student financing mechanism in 2018. Eligible students are now able to access Income Share Agreements (ISAs).

In 2021, Chancen International will be launching the Future of Work Fund, which will be a gamechanger for young Africans who want to access ethical student financing to attend Kepler or another partnering institution.

ISAs are better than loans because

2020 Financial Report

KEPLER INC.

Statements of Financial Position December 31, 2020 and 2019

Assets

2020

2019

Cash and cash equivalents

Assets

319,652

2020

319,652

2019

Accounts receivable

Assets

70,555

2020

64,271

2019

Grants receivable

Assets

241,181

2020

385,000

2019

Student loans receivable, net, current portion

Assets

57,061

2020

34,018

2019

Student tuition and fees receivable, net, current portion

Assets

408,353

2020

109,832

2019

Inventory

Assets

7,011

2020

6,694

2019

Prepaid expenses and deposits

Assets

128,141

2020

360,300

2019

Student loans receivable, net of current portion

Assets

132,138

2020

28,972

2019

Student tuition and fees receivable, net of current portion

Assets

781,386

2020

1,108,581

2019

Prepaid expenses and deposits, net of current portion

Assets

78,754

2020

93,027

2019

Property and equipment, net

Assets

109,008

2020

133,679

2019

Total Assets

2,333,240

2020

3,113,259

2019

Liabilities and Net Assets

Current Liabilities:

2020

2019

Accounts payable and accrued expenses
191,938

2020

120,298

2019

Student loans payable, current portion
45,550

2020

30,879

2019

Paycheck Protection Program loan
41,615

2020

-

2019

Note payable -
-

2020

250,000

2019

Student loans payable, net of current portion
178,885

2020

23,538

2019

Total Liabilities

457,988

2020

424,715

2019

Net Assets:

Without donor restrictions
1,401,161

2020

2,515,701

2019

With donor restrictions
474,091

2020

172,843

2019

Total Net Assets
1,875,252

2020

2,688,544

2019

Total Liabilities and Net Assets

2,333,240

2020

3,113,259

2019

2020 Financial Report

KEPLER INC.

Statement of Activities
For the Year Ended December 31, 2020

 

Operating Support and Revenue:

2020

2019

Contributions and grants

Assets

319,652

2020

319,652

2019

Student charges-

Assets

70,555

2020

64,271

2019

Student tuition and fees, net

Assets

241,181

2020

385,000

2019

Housing, food and other fees, net

Assets

57,061

2020

34,018

2019

Less grants and scholarships

Assets

408,353

2020

109,832

2019

Net student charges

Assets

7,011

2020

6,694

2019

Sales revenue-

Assets

128,141

2020

360,300

2019

Computer Sales

Assets

132,138

2020

28,972

2019

Less cost of goods sold

Assets

781,386

2020

1,108,581

2019

Net sales revenue

Assets

78,754

2020

93,027

2019

Other revenue-

Assets

109,008

2020

133,679

2019

Total Assets

2,333,240

2020

3,113,259

2019

Governance

board

Oliver Sabot- Chair

Board Chair
Oliver Sabot is the co-founder and Managing Director of Nova Pioneer Group, a rapidly growing network of schools focused on making world-class education more affordable across the African continent. He is also a co-founder and Director of Kepler and Spire, two new models focused on dramatically improving the quality, cost, and accessibility of post-secondary education in the developing world. Sabot previously served as the Executive Vice President for Global Programs at the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), leading the design and execution of large-scale programs to reduce child mortality and transform health systems in more than 20 countries and managing the organization’s relationships with major global institutions. Prior to joining CHAI, he worked at the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria, advising its Executive Director on public relations and policy. Sabot is the author of more than two-dozen scholarly articles on global health and malaria published by Science, Cambridge University Press, the Journal of the American Medical Association, the British Medical Journal, and The Lancet, among others and serves as the Chair of the Board at Kepler.

Keri Hoyt

Board Member
Keri Hoyt spent more than 18 years honing her management and leadership skills at The Princeton Review. In 2009, she joined Success Academies as its Chief Operating Officer and helped scale the organization from 4 to 32 schools. She currently serves as the President of Noodle Partners, which helps universities bring their graduate degrees online. Hoyt earned her B.A. from University of New Hampshire and her MBA from the Wharton School.

Vivienne Lawack

Board Member

Born in Eastern Cape, South Africa, Vivienne obtained her B.Juris ( cum laude), LLB cum laude at the former University of Port Elizabeth (now Nelson Mandela University) in 1993 and 1995, respectively. She obtained an LLM degree from UPE in 1997 and graduated from the University of South Africa (Unisa) with a Doctor of Laws in 2001 at the age of 29. She is an admitted Advocate of the High Court in SA since Dec 1995 on the non-practising roll. Vivienne taught Law of Payment Instruments, Corporate and advanced corporate law, Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law at UPE from 1995 to 2002. She also curriculated and started IT Law at UPE. Vivienne joined the South African Reserve Bank from 2003 to 2006 as a senior payment system analyst, senior legal consultant and Manager: Financial Safety Net. Vivienne joined Strate Ltd, SA’s central securities repository, where she was the Senior Legal Counsel, responsible for securities and IT legal work, as well as the amendment of the Strate Rules (as regulator of brokers). She joined NMMU as Executive Dean of the Faculty of Law in July 2008 until March 2015. From 2009-2015, Vivienne led the national LLB Curriculum Reform project as President of the South African Law Deans Association. She co-chaired the National Summit in 2013 with the late CEO of the Law Society of South Africa, Nic Swart, and being one of the key drafters of the CHE National Standards for the LLB programme, against which all law programmes in SA were reviewed. Vivienne is the DVC Academic at UWC, responsible for leading the academic project at UWC and was the Acting Rector and VC of UWC from 1 Feb to 31 July 2020, incidentally leading the university during the COVID-19 crisis. Vivienne is the current Chair of the SA DVC Academic Forum, founding Africa board member, past Chair of the Cape Higher Education Consortium Board and returning member of the South African Judicial Institute (SAJEI) Council, chaired by the Chief Justice of SA.

Obinna Ukwuani

Board Member

Obinna Ukwuani is a pan-African social entrepreneur who is committed to creating value and building human capacity. He is currently the Chief Digital Officer at the Bank of Kigali where is responsible for leading the Digital Factory, the center of excellence for product innovation and development in digital banking. Before joining Bank of Kigali, Obinna worked with Paystack, one of Africa’s foremost payment technology startups, in the areas of business operations and product management.

Obinna founded Makers Academy Africa which encompasses NESA by Makers, a software development training school and studio in Lagos State, Nigeria, and Makers Robotics Academy Rwanda, a comprehensive engineering bootcamp designed to thrust young boys and girls in the world of technology development for problem solving. Obinna is also the Founder & CEO of Brük Oil Mills, a palm oil processing company in Nigeria. Obinna has a degree in Economics from MIT.

Susannah Hares

Board Member
Susannah Hares is a senior policy fellow and the co-director of CGD’s global education program. Before joining CGD, she spent seven years as Ark’s international director, where she was responsible for strategy, operations, and programs in India, sub-Saharan Africa, and Eastern Europe, and for Ark’s international ventures including the Education Partnerships Group, Global Schools Forum, and Peepul. Hares started her career in Kenya, working for African health NGO AMREF. She has served on the boards and advisory groups of various international education organizations and ventures. She holds a MA (Econ) in political development from the University of Manchester.

Misan Rewane

Board Member
Born and raised in Lagos, Misan Rewane is no stranger to the challenges of education and social mobility. When her parents, unable to ignore the education system's breakdown, were compelled to send her to the U.S. for university, she resolved to help transform the region's education system. After graduating from Stanford University, she worked with The Monitor Group, TechnoServe, and the Centre for Public Policy Alternatives. As an MBA candidate at Harvard Business School, she partnered with fellow West Africans who were passionate about tackling youth unemployment and launched WAVE in 2013. WAVE tackles youth unemployment by growing the supply of work-ready youth while growing the demand from employers, thereby levelling the playing field for African youth to access the skills and opportunity to become what they imagine. Misan is passionate about supporting social innovators in scaling their impact sustainably. Misan is also co-founder of The IMPACT Initiative, a nonprofit focused on helping young people discover themselves and maximize their academic, career and personal experiences.

Isaac Kwaku Fokuo Jr.

Board Member

For over two decades, Isaac Kwaku Fokuo Jr. has worked as an International Political Economy advisor to governments, investors, and global Fortune 500 companies on the nuances of navigating and expanding into emerging growth markets. He is also the Founder of Botho Emerging markets Group, an investment and strategy advisory firm with offices in Nairobi, Dubai, and Chicago. Having worked in more than 20 markets across North America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, Isaac has an extensive and successful track record in investment facilitation, strategy consulting, and policy advisory across numerous sectors.

Isaac is also an Angel Investor to start-ups based in Africa and the GCC and co-founder of the Amahoro Coalition, a convening of private sector actors committed to championing refugee economic inclusion in Africa. Isaac serves as an advisor to Amp Technologies, and the China-Africa Technology Initiative. He is also a 2014 Archbishop Desmond Tutu Fellow, Trustee of Hanover College, and serves on the Boards of Axis Human Capital Group and The Boardroom Africa.

Dan Gwinnell

Board Member
Dan Gwinnell currently works as a Project Director and Technical Advisor for the US COVID-19 response with Partners in Health. Previously, he was the CEO of Kepler from 2017 to 2020. Prior to joining Kepler, Dan spent six years working with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in various countries across sub-Saharan Africa, most recently as Country Director of the Sierra Leone office. He has also worked in Liberia, DRC, Cameroon, Malawi, Ethiopia, Rwanda, South Africa and Zambia, among other countries across Africa and Asia. Before joining CHAI, Dan worked with Global Health Strategies, a New-York based consultancy focused on advocacy, communications and policy analysis for global health issues. He holds an MPA in Nonprofit Management and Public Policy from New York University, and teaches occasionally at the Institute of Humanitarian Affairs of Fordham University.

Pascaline Umulisa

Board Member

Pascaline is currently employed by World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) as the Global Programme Manager for Girl-Led Action on Climate Change project. Prior to her joining WAGGGS, Pascaline worked at Rwanda Girl Guides Association as the Executive Director with the main responsibility of developing and implementing strategies aiming to promote the organization’s mission and voice. She has also worked for Girl Effect Rwanda as the Communications Coordinator and other NGO alike. 

Pascaline’s other non-executive director roles include Board member of Pro-femmes Twese Hamwe, an umbrella of 54 civil society organizations aimed at advancing the status of women in Rwanda, Board member African Society of Association Executives, a professional community of association executives and voice of the association profession in Africa.

Pascaline holds a Master of Social Sciences in Gender and Development. Pascaline is a proud alumna of Dallaire Scholarship and Generation Rwanda, which enabled her to attain her educational goals.

leadership

Nathalie Munyampenda- CEO

Chief Executive Officer

Nathalie Munyampenda is the Chief Executive Officer of Kepler. By innovating the university experience and providing targeting upskilling interventions, Kepler graduates distinguished learners and leaders who transform their lives, their communities, and their countries. Over 90% of graduates are employed within 6 months of graduation.

Nathalie is passionate about education and the future of work. Without new pathways in education that provide foundational 21st century skills, meets students where they are (equity) and leads to clear employment outcomes, African countries will lag in terms of the future of work. Kepler is building a global model of accessible higher education and upskilling.

Prior to Kepler, Nathalie was Managing Director at the Next Einstein Forum building Africa's community of scientists, curating the premier science and innovation conference and pushing for science driven industrialization through foresight and policy work.

Nathalie has also worked in the Canadian public and private sectors, and in international social media consulting before working to build the Government of Rwanda’s central communication unit as Coordinator (Director General) in the Office of the Government Spokesperson.

Nathalie has an Honors in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa and a Master’s in Strategic Communication from Seton Hall University.

Prof Baylie Damtie Yeshita

Vice Chancellor

Prof Baylie Damtie is the Vice Chancellor of Kepler. He oversees the initiation and development of upskilling and regular degree programs at Kepler. He is also leading the region's  employability system change program of Ashesi University. Before joining Kepler,  Baylie was the President of Bahir Dar University for seven years (2011-2018). During his term, he initiated and led the expansion of  PhD programs that increased from 2 to 32, masters from 5 to 134, undergraduate from 45 to 75 and the publications of the University per year reached 586 from just below 10. He also initiated and led the establishment of one of the largest medical schools in Ethiopia with a teaching hospital. Prof Baylie Damtie  has also pioneered high skills oversea employment opportunities by forging innovative private-public partnership and enabling about 400 engineering graduates to secure overseas employment per year by establishing ISO certified and IMO recognized Maritime Academy at Bahir Dar University. The Washera Geospace and Radar Science Laboratory at Bahir Dar University, a leading space research laboratory in the region, is also the brainchild of Prof Baylie Damtie.

His educational background includes PhD in Space Physics from the University of Oulu (Finland), MSc in Space Physics from Tromso University (Norway) and BSc in Physics from Addis Ababa University (Ethiopia).

Christine Sesay

Vice President of Finance and Partnerships

Christine was most recently the Acting Country Director, Sierra Leone for the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), a global health organisation committed to strengthening integrated health systems in the developing world and expanding access to care and treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. CHAI’s solution-oriented approach focuses on improving market dynamics for medicines and diagnostics; lowering prices for treatment; accelerating access to life-saving technologies; and helping governments build the capacity required for high-quality care and treatment programs. Her role is to ensure strong execution of the country programs to make sure that CHAI’s results meet and exceed targets. Prior to CHAI, she was the Deputy Country Director for Operations at GOAL Sierra Leone. She has also worked in Niamey, Niger for Concern Worldwide as an Assistant Financial Controller. Previously, she worked for an accountancy practice Houlihan and Cushnahan, where she progressed from the Real Estate Accountant to the Financial Controller over a 4-year period. She is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA), holds a BA in Accounting & Finance and Master’s Degree in Finance.

Teppo Jouttenus

Strategic Advisor to the CEO

Teppo is a Strategic Advisor to the CEO. He supports strategy development for Kepler and oversees the creation of new data and entrepreneurship initiatives. He also supports the Learning and Design team with data analysis for new program design. Previously, Teppo served as the Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research and helped guide Kepler’s preparation for launching Kepler College.

Before joining Kepler, Teppo served as the Director of Product Management at Year Up where he led a team creating a blended learning curriculum for professional skills. Prior to that, he was the University Relationship Manager for edX’s European partners. In addition, he was part of the founding team at edX, where he built a team to support all of Harvard’s and MIT’s Massive Open Online Courses. Teppo graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a Ph.D. in Particle Physics.

Ashley Haywood

Senior Director of Reporting and Humanitarian Initiatives

Ashley is the Senior Director of Reporting and Humanitarian Initiatives at Kepler. Her team leads Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work across the organization and implements targeted programming for marginalized student populations. This includes Kepler’s tertiary preparation program (Iteme), refugee college guidance counseling, and bachelor degree scholarships. Ashley also collaborates with Kepler’s grant partners and manages external reporting.

As a member of Kepler’s founding teaching team, Ashley has helped design and refine our unique pedagogical model. She has also served as an academic leadership coach and led Kepler’s campus in the Kiziba refugee camp. Ashley enjoys mentoring young educators and supporting them to grow as professionals and leaders at Kepler and beyond. She represents Kepler in the Connected Learning in Crisis Consortium, of which Kepler was a founding member, and works closely with our partners at the UNHCR and Southern New Hampshire University’s Global Education Movement.

With over 15 years of experience as an educator and advocate, Ashley is passionate about the power of education to unlock potential and break down existing social and economic inequities. Prior to Kepler, she taught and supported other educators in the United States,Central America and the Caribbean. Most recently, she taught and developed blended learning instructional models at an innovative charter school in Chicago. Ashley holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Anthropology and a Master’s in Teaching, from the University of Chicago.

 

Jean Marie Vianney Hitamungu

Ethiopia Country Director

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.

Jean Pierre Mutambarungu

Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Academic and Research Affairs

Jean Pierre is the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Academic and Research Affairs at Kepler. He oversees all academic programs in Rwanda where he ensures the development of strong academic leaders and promotes a dynamic research culture. Additionally, his role is to build an outstanding academic experience for students and to deliver excellent academic and employment outcomes. Prior to his current role, Jean Pierre served as the Founding Dean of Faculty and held several other different roles before that including Academic Campus Director, Lead Course Facilitator, and Course Facilitator.Since joining Kepler in 2013, Jean Pierre has developed and initiated a variety of projects such as establishing the academic advising team, developing systems and tools for effective student support, devising strategies and policies aimed at improving student readiness for the workplace, building and maintaining academic partnerships with other institutions, contributing to improving continuous professional development for the academic staff, and leading the development of the BA Project Management program for the accreditation of Kepler College.Jean Pierre is passionate about innovative and disruptive education models that positively impact disadvantaged communities. Throughout his career, his work has involved teaching as well as development of academic programs and systems to improve student learning experiences among other things. He holds an MBA in International Business from Amity University and a Bachelor of Arts with Education from the University of Rwanda.

Aloys Baziga

Deputy-Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance
Aloys Baziga is the Deputy-Vice Chancellor of Administration and Finance of Kepler. With more than 12 years of experience in different strategic leadership positions, his areas of expertise include Finance, Accounting, reporting, taxation, budgeting, cash flow management, auditing, compliance, operations and Human Resources management. Prior to Kepler, he was the Chief Finance Officer (CFO) at Cronimet Mining Gmbh, overseeing the company’s two subsidiaries in Rwanda: Minerals Supply Africa Ltd and Cronimet Metal Ltd. Aloys started his career as an Auditor with Deloitte & Touch Rwanda, and left there in 2012 when he was Senior Auditor. He also worked as Chief Accountant and Later, Ag. Finance Manager of Real Contractors Ltd before Joining Merez Petroleum Ltd as Finance Manager. Aloys is a graduate of the Adventist University of Central Africa with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting with Distinction, He is also sitting for his ACCA final papers.