Rwandan genocide survivor tells his story at Board of Deputies breakfast

Jean (Nepo) Nepomuscene bio
Born in Gatsibo District, Eastern Province, Rwanda, Nepo holds a Bachelors Degree in Computer Engineering and Information Technology, Kigali Institute of Technology, Kigali, Rwanda. Nepo is a committed human rights and peace activist in the Great Lakes region. He has extensive experience in leading successful human rights campaigns and projects. He was the Director of the youth organisation, Nursery Of Peace, established to provide hope and support to young genocide survivors, combat genocide ideology and promote peace building in Rwanda. Nepo was previously the coordinator of the Rwanda’s Student Survivor Association (AERG). Nepo is currently the Vice-President of Initiatives of Change, Rwanda. He was the Chairman of their program ‘Eastern Africa Youth Forum’, which encourages and develops ethical leadership in the region. He assisted in planning the forum in Rwanda and Burundi and in South Sudan. He is also currently serving on the executive committee of the Commonwealth Alliance of Young Entrepreneurs East Africa. He coordinated the Rwanda Youth Campaign for Somalia, which raised thousands of dollars to provide food aid to famine stricken Somalia and he organized the Global Peace Builders Conference in Kigali for South Sudan and Central African Republic. Nepo previously worked at African Rights and The Pan-African Bank, Ecobank. Nepo is a survivor of the 1994 Genocide in Rwanda. Nepo is fluent in English, French and Kinyarwanda. He lives in Eastern Province, Rwanda.

Born in Tasmania, Australia, Sabrina holds a Law Degree with honours, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. A Masters in Security Studies, Centre for International Security Studies, University of Sydney and an MPhil in African Studies, Centre for African Studies, University of Cambridge. Sabrina has focused on the political and security situations in the Great Lakes region of Africa throughout her academic studies, having completed two theses on politics and legal pluralism in South Kivu, Eastern DR Congo. She has previously worked as an advisor to the Attorney-General of Australia and the Human Rights and Disability Discrimination Commissioner of Australia. She has worked on research projects for Universities in South Africa and has written extensively on Australia-Africa relations for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Sabrina has a passionate interest in politics and human rights issues in the Great Lakes region of Africa. She continuously strives to improve her language skills in Swahili and Kinyarwanda/Kirundi. She lives in Eastern Province, Rwanda.