Patience is currently the Country Director Rwanda for TradeMark East Africa. She holds a US $65Million portfolio of trade facilitation projects in Rwanda including trade-related infrastructure, standards and NTBs, ICT for Trade, trade policy, logistics, trade related advocacy, export development, and Women in Trade among others.
Prior to joining TMEA, Ms. Mutesi had a 12-year career in banking & microfinance in various strategic roles including corporate banking, strategy, and business and product development in Ecobank and BCR (I&M Bank). In her last banking role, she was Head of Corporate Banking in Ecobank Rwanda and the Corporate Banking Cluster Head for EAC, covering Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda.
She has a diversified background in the financial sector including relationship and credit management, product development and fundraising. Patience has further extensive experience in deal origination, negotiation, structuring and execution and is a credible strategic risk management expert. She has specific experience in Women economic empowerment initiatives/programs.
Additionally, she has trade facilitation experience in trade and industrial policy, transport infrastructure and logistics, technical and non-tariff trade barriers, export development programming, women in trade and private sector development.
She’s currently a board member on the Rwanda Cooperation Initiative (RCI) Board, chairing the Finance and Audit Committee, and a Board member of the Advisory Council for One Acre Fund – Tubura.
Patience holds a Bachelor of Science in Quantitative Economics from Makerere University and an MBA in Finance, from Maastrich School of Management (Netherlands).
She is passionate about the advancement of women and youth participation in social and economic development and is driven by her passion for family, her country Rwanda, and Africa.
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