Meet Diane Karusisi


Diane Karusisi is a Rwandan statistician, economist, bank executive and academic. She is the CEO of the Bank of Kigali, the largest commercial bank in Rwanda by assets. Immediately prior to her present position, she served as the chief economist and head of strategy and policy at the Office of the President of Rwanda.

Diane Karusisi has “broad experience in managing private and public sector institutions”. From 2000 until 2006, she served as Assistant Professor of Economic Statistics at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. From 2007 until 2009, she worked at Credit Suisse Asset Management in Zurich, as fixed income portfolio engineer. In August 2009, she returned to Rwanda and was appointed as senior advisor to the director general of National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), in Kigali. In September 2010, she became the director general of NISR. In that capacity, she oversaw the design and implementation of major surveys. In February 2016, Karusisi was appointed managing director and CEO of Bank of Kigali. She replaced James Gatera, who resigned after nearly nine years at the helm of Rwanda’s largest commercial bank by assets.

We are proud of her achievement and we name her Most Influential 100 Class of 2018 Business and Entrepreneurship category.


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