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Jean René Shema, Rwanda Country Director

The intentional networking and collaboration of young leaders who want the world to be a better place for every human being increase my motivation every day. I’m happy to be part of the efforts to identify, support and catalyze the impact of these leaders across the globe.

Prior to joining GHC, Shema worked as the National Volunteering Program Manager at Voluntary Service Overseas, where he also managed a Multicultural Global Exchange program and nurtured and led a diaspora volunteering scheme. Shema also worked with Partners in Health (PIH), managing growth of health care services, systems, and infrastructure in Kirehe District . He also served as the Chairperson for the Program on Social and Economic Rights, and later Chief of Staff and Public Relations for PIH/IMB Rwanda. He holds a master’s degree in public health from the University of Roehampton, London, and a bachelor’s degree in history and politics from the National University of Rwanda, where he served as Secretary General for the General Students Union from 2003 to 2004. In his current role, he helped launch the GHC office in Kigali and is deeply passionate about social justice, health equity, youth leadership, and developmental solutions uplifting people from poverty.

Fun Fact: If the entire world could tune into a single book or two, Shema would suggest Dear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – some of his favorite reads.