Dr. Albert BUTARE

Dr Butare, an engineer by profession and former Minister of State for Energy and Water in the Republic of Rwanda, has more than twenty years of energy, technology, and renewable energy experience in Africa. Skilled in high level public sector policy and project development and implementation, engineering, social, and economic development. Education background includes a PhD in energy policy and implementation instruments, Masters and Bachelors of Science in Engineering, in energy and Industrial engineering respectively. Fluent in English, Kinyarwanda, Kiswahili and proficiency in German and French.

Selected achievements

 

  • Won the U.K.-based Ashden Foundation’s International Award for Renewable Energies  based on the design and production of an energy-saving baking stove – first of its kind in Africa
  • Successfully engineered the process of developing the first ever under water methane to Electricity pilot project in Rwanda.
  • Received two awards for putting in place the best national ICT Policy Framework in Africa from the South African based Indaba and the Kemilinks International based in the UK
  • Participated in the establishment of one of the lead Technical Universities in Rwanda (The Kigali Institute of Science and Technology)
  • Electricity access to Rwanda increased more than 100% (from 4% to 9%) during his tenure as a Minister responsible for energy.
  • Put in place the regional lead national green growth path focusing on renewable energies in Rwanda.
  • Developed and successfully implemented the Biomass energy policy staging Rwanda as the lead country in the region to this effect.
  • Propelled Rwanda to emerge as a lead country in adapting to the use of improved stoves where by 80% of the rural Rwanda and 50% of the urban areas already use improved stoves

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