December 9, 2022

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IUCN Rwanda gets new Country Representative, KARANGWA Charles appointed IUCN Regional Head of Land systems in Africa

Ms Kaori Yasuda, IUCN Rwanda new Country Representative

The cabinet on Friday, March 4, approved Ms Kaori Yasuda, IUCN Rwanda new Country Representative who will be resided in Kigali.

KARANGWA Charles was appointed IUCN’s Regional Head of Land Systems in Eastern and Southern Africa

Ms Kaori replaces KARANGWA Charles, who was the Country Representative since January 2016 and now moves on to other functions as IUCN’s Regional Head of Land Systems in Eastern and Southern Africa

The land systems covers forests, agriculture and drylands.

KARANGWA will also provide leadership to the countries of Kenya, Malawi, Uganda and Madagascar.

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Ms. Kaori has more than 20 years of extensive experience in international development, programme management, operations, and strategic partnerships in Africa, Europe and North America.

Kaori Yasuda was the Country Representative of IUCN Kenya and the Regional Head of Strategic Partnership for IUCN Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office. 

Her experience spans working on a number of themes including catalysing private investment in conservation in East Africa, Nature Based Solutions and ecosystem based adaptation, transboundary water resources management, and Trans-frontier conservation area financing facility development in Southern Africa among others.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Kaori served at the IUCN headquarters in Switzerland,

Gland in the Strategic Partners Unit responsible for bilateral and multilateral development partners.

Kaori holds a Master’s Degree in Tourism Administration & Ecotourism from George Washington University DC USA and A Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology / Tourism from Rikkyo University, Tokyo Japan. She is pursuing an Executive MBA from Strathmore Business School Nairobi, Kenya.

Since 2016, IUCN has been working closely with Government of Rwanda in order to support country in achieving the overall conservation and development objectives.

Since then, the IUCN Rwanda focusses on restoration of landscapes and ecosystems for nature and people, management of water resources for biodiversity and sustainable development, climate change adaptation and mitigation, and sustainable financing mechanisms among others.

For any additional information, please contact HABIMANA Jean Claude, Communications Officer, IUCN Rwanda (Jean-Claude.HABIMANA@iucn.org)

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