Valentine Sendanyoye RUGWABIZA
Deputy Director-General, WTO - World Trade Organization, Geneva
Valentine Sendanyoye Rugwabiza currently occupies the post of Deputy Director-General of the World Trade Organization. In this role, which she took up in October 2005, Mrs. Sendanyoye Rugwabiza's responsibility covers development issues and policies generally; trade policy review; trade facilitation, and training and technical cooperation. She is also responsible for the WTO work programme on Aid for Trade. Prior to her current post, she served for three years as Ambassador of Rwanda to the United Nations in Geneva and Switzerland. Before joining the public service, Valentine Sendanyoye Rugwabiza had a long career in the private sector, at national and international level, where she occupied several senior management positions, including in a Swiss multinational where she worked for eight years.
Valentine Sendanyoye Rugwabiza was a member of the economic and social Council of the President of Rwanda, a founding member of the Rwandan Women's Caucus, the association of women entrepreneurs, and the Rwandese federation of the private sector.