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This year’s Conversation on Conservation was a virtual session organised as part of celebrations marking the 16th Kwita Izina gorilla naming ceremony. .

The conversation reviewed Rwanda’s conservation opportunities and challenges, encouraged dialogue and engagement amongst key conservation stakeholders and highlighted the impact of conservation and eco-tourism on community development.

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A discussion with the experts

This year’s conversation focused on various topics under the theme of “Conservation and Sustainable Tourism – A Foundation for Future Generations”.

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Moderators and Speakers

Clare Akamanzi

CEO, Rwanda Development Board

Belise Kariza

Chief Tourism Officer, Rwanda Development Board

Chris Roche

Investor and Conservationist

Tesi Rusagara

Managing Director, Kigali Innovation City

Dr. Susan Snyman

Director of Research, African Leadership University

Fred Swaniker

Founder & CEO, African Leadership Group

Dr. Julius Nziza

Country Head Veterinarian, Gorilla Doctors

Dr Carmen Nibigira

Key Expert, Tourism & Workplace Learning, GIZ Hanga Ahazaza Project

Prof. Beth A. Kaplin, PhD

Acting Director, Center of Excellence for the Biodiversity & Natural Res Management, University of Rwanda

Juliet Kabera

Director General, Rwanda Environment Management Authority

Dr. Sabin Nsanzimana

Director General, Rwanda Biomedical Centre

Jes Gruner

CEO, Akagera Management Company

Peter Katanisa

Consultant, World Bank

Joan Mazimhaka

Co-Founder and CEO, Illume Creative Studio

Mamy Ingabire Muziga

Managing Director, Charis UAS

Yves Iradukunda

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of ICT and Innovation, Rwanda

Dr. Olivier Nsengimana

Founder & Executive Director, Rwanda Wildlife Conservation Association

Charles Karangwa

IUCN Regional Technical Coordinator and Rwanda Country Representative

Kathleen H. Fitzgerald

Conservation Capital’s Business Consulting Africa Division

Eugene Rutagarama

Rwandan Conservationist and Businessman

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