Former Fellow Dr Richard Sezibera appointed Foreign Minister of Rwanda

Richard Sezibera and Louise Mushikiwabo

In Africa Week, we are delighted at the news that IASH alumnus Dr Richard Sezibera (Invited Fellow 1997; 1999) has been appointed Foreign Minister of Rwanda by President Paul Kagame, replacing Louise Mushikiwabo.

Born in Kigali in 1964, he was educated in Burundi and Uganda, graduating in human medicine and surgery from Makerere University in 1989. He specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology at hospitals in Kampala and Mbale before joining the Rwandan Patriotic Army as a field medical officer. In 1995, after the end of the Rwandan Civil War, he became a Member of Parliament. He was elected President of the Parliamentary Commission on Social Affairs, which exercised oversight over the government departments mandated to deal with issues of health, education, social security, the environment, youth programmes, disability, and the promotion of gender equality. He also served as a member of the Commission on Defense and National Security. While at IASH, Dr Sezibera carried out research into the remembrance of the genocide in Rwanda, including a contribution to Running, reporting and researching Africa, a 1998 collection edited by Kenneth King and Simon McGrath of the Centre of African Studies. In recent years, he has served as the 4th Secretary General of the East African Community, the regional intergovernmental organization of the Republic of Burundi, the Republic of Kenya, the Republic of Rwanda, the United Republic of Tanzania, the Republic of Uganda, and the Republic of South Sudan. He has also been Minister for Health, Ambassador to the United States of America, Presidential Special Envoy to the Great Lakes Region, and is currently Senator for the Southern Region. He has published widely in medical journals, political science journals and international media outlets.

Africa Week celebrates the University of Edinburgh’s engagement across the African continent. The programme includes opportunities to learn about our leading research from across the continent, to appreciate the diversity of African culture, and to mark the centenary of the great Nelson Mandela.

Image courtesy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Government of Rwanda.