Announcing Nathalie Munyampenda as Kepler’s new CEO

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The Board of Directors of Kepler is pleased to announce the appointment of Nathalie Munyampenda as new Chief Executive Officer effective June 29th 2020. 

Nathalie comes to us from the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, where she was the Managing Director of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF). 

You can read more about Nathalie’s impressive background below. 

“Finding a new CEO was not a decision that we took lightly. We spoke to dozens of candidates during this process, many of whom had impressive backgrounds in higher education, social enterprises, private sector organizations, and so on. None of them brought the combination of leadership, intellect, drive and grit that Nathalie demonstrated throughout the process. We have every confidence that she lead Kepler to new heights over the years to come. I would also like to thank outgoing CEO Dan Gwinnell for his incredible contributions to the Kepler mission and leadership of the organization,” said Mr. Oliver Sabot, Chair of the Board of Directors at Kepler. 

“I am very excited to join Kepler as CEO. With a tested blended learning model that puts the student at the heart of learning and builds competencies that prepare all students for employment even before they graduate, Kepler is a game-changer in Rwanda and the region, especially during these COVID-19 times. Together with an incredible leadership team, I look forward to scaling this impact, expanding partnerships and employment outcomes for our students and continuing to offer a quality education to vulnerable and refugee populations,” said Nathalie Munyampenda. 

As Dan hands over to Nathalie, he had this to share with Kepler staff and community, “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to work with Kepler these past years, and see the organization mature and expand in ways I could never have expected. Our organization has an extraordinary mission supported by an incredible team, and I will miss working with all of the staff, students and partners that have made these last three years so special.” 

Please join us in warmly welcoming Nathalie to the Kepler family!



Nathalie Munyampenda Profile 


Rwandan-Canadian Nathalie Munyampenda is the new Chief Executive Officer of Kepler. Prior to joining Kepler, Nathalie was the  Managing Director of the Next Einstein Forum (NEF), an initiative of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) where she has been close to six years. 

The NEF is driving Africa’s scientific agenda through the premier science and innovation conference on the continent and important foresight work to drive Africa’s Science, Technology, Innovation (STI) ambitions. As part of making science more accessible, Nathalie was the Editor-in-chief of the NEF’s public magazine, Scientific African Magazine. 

Nathalie is a passionate advocate for competency based education that scales models that improve learning and employment outcomes for young peoeple. She also believes science driven innovation and tech transfer is critical for industrialization and job creation in Africa. Nathalie is passionate about empowering young women as leaders of today and tomorrow, particularly female scientists and engineers.      

Prior to joining AIMS, Nathalie worked in the Canadian public service followed by international social media consulting when social media was just beginning. In 2013, she joined Rwanda’s Office of the Government Spokesperson as Coordinator (DG) to help build the government’s central communication unit before joining AIMS. 

Nathalie holds an Honours in International Development and Globalization from the University of Ottawa in Canada and a Master’s in Strategic Communications from Seton Hall University in the United States.