Rwandan Conservationist and Businessman
Mr. Eugene Rutagarama
Mr. Eugene Rutagarama have had over 20 years of experience working in conservation in the Congo Basin, Rwanda, Uganda and DRC especially, with particular expertise in wildlife and park management, capacity building, program coordination, contingency planning, emergency programming, and institutional and team building.
Mr. Rutagarama has held senior positions with the International Gorilla Conservation Program(IGCP), the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in Rwanda’s Nyungwe Forest Reserve, and with Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center, also in Rwanda. He also held the position of Deputy Director of ORTPN following the war and genocide. In this capacity, he was instrumental in rehabilitating and restructuring the park department, restoring park capacity and operations, and reinitiating gorilla-based tourism in Volcano National Park.
Mr. Rutagarama is a committed and respected conservation professional, whose work in support of the mountain gorillas has been internationally recognized. In 1996, with park staff in Rwanda’s Volcano National Park, he received the 19th John Paul Getty Conservation Prize in recognition of outstanding contributions in times of conflict. In 2001, he was individually recognized as Africa recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. In 2007, Eugene Rutagarama was selected as a global CNN Hero, category of saving planet.
Mr. Rutagarama holds an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of East Anglia/UK, and a Bachelor of Biology (Licence en Biologie) from the University of Burundi, Bujumbura (1985), in addition to numerous technical training certificates in areas of agro-forestry, park management, leadership and teambuilding.
Though Mr. Rutagarama has retired from executive positions in wildlife conservation, he is still engaged in consultancy mainly as a professional facilitator, researcher and institutional management specialist.