Novella Nikwigize is a media personality, news anchor on the Rwandan National TV and the host of "Image de l'Afrique", a weekly show in French discussing with key experts and high level guests on issues pertaining to the African development. She has been a consultant for several years, working on gender and development issues for United Nations organisations, NGOs and consultancy firms.
She is the co-founder and Board Member of a New-York based NGO working on peace and prosperity across continents. And has worked in academia as a lecturer and researcher as well as a gender analyst. She holds a Masters in Gender from Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Sorbonne Paris IV (France). As a journalist she has moderated high level events across Africa, among which the African Union AfCFTA Business Forum, the Transform Africa Women’s Summit, the NEF Gender Summit, the African Union of Broadcaster Presidential Session, among others. She also hosted and interviewed key personalities, including President Paul Kagame (Rwanda), President Azali Assoumani (Comoros), Ms Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka (UN Women Executive Director), Dr Donald Kaberuka (Former AfDB President), Dr Vera Songwe (Executive Secretary of UN Economic Commission for Africa, ECA) and various members of the Diplomatic Corps and Ministers across the continent.
She is a firm believer of an African-led development and a gender advocate.