Christelle Kwizera

Managing Director

Water Access Rwanda

Biography

Christelle Kwizera, 26, is a Rwandan Mechanical Engineer and social entrepreneur. She founded Water Access Rwanda in 2014 to address water scarcity and youth unemployment in Rwanda one year before she graduated magna cum laude in Mechanical Engineering.

Under her leadership, Water Access Rwanda is recognized for being innovative in the water sector where it directly employs 58 young Rwandans, and distributes safe water to 67,000 people daily through its 223 managed water access points. It was the first from Rwanda to win the Africa Entrepreneurship Award, the EDF pulse Africa Award, WeEmpower SDG challenge among others. It is also recognized as a Youth SDG innovator by UNSDSN. More recently, It was dotted with the Jack Ma Africa Business Heroes Award and recognized and funded as a transformer through IsDB’s Transform Fund.

Christelle is a Resolution fellow, a Sierra Club GPEP fellow, a MILEAD fellow, a princess Diana awardee and Fondation Channel’s 2019 Woman Entrepreneur of the Year; all awarded on account of her leadership in addressing social issues, particularly those tied with environmental justice and Youth issues. Christelle is a recurring mentor, speaker and motivator for other youth and women who wish to join the sciences and entrepreneurship world, using her journey and experience to inspire them on their own social entrepreneurship journey. She deeply holds the belief that as humans we gain more skills by using those we have. She was recently featured on the Book: 100 Women Using Their Power to Empower along with such household names like Hilary Clinton, Christine Lagarde, etc.

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