May 29, 2024
Clare Akamanz

The NBA has ushered in a new era in Africa, appointing Clare Akamanzi as the President of NBA Africa.

Akamanzi, a former cabinet member and an accomplished business executive, is set to take on this pivotal role starting January 23, 2024.

A Visionary Leader Taking the Helm

Akamanzi’s remarkable journey to this prestigious position began with her tenure as CEO of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB) between 2017 and September 2023.

Her leadership at RDB drove Rwanda’s economic progress through strategic private sector growth initiatives and substantial policy reforms.

Under her guidance, RDB forged impactful partnerships with iconic entities such as Arsenal FC, Paris Saint-Germain FC, FC Bayern Munich, and TIME Magazine, among others.

Clare alamanzi

Transforming Basketball And Beyond

Her upcoming role involves steering the NBA’s strategic basketball development and business endeavors across the continent.

She is set to spearhead efforts to advance basketball’s popularity, foster grassroots development, expand media presence, cultivate corporate partnerships, and drive social responsibility initiatives aimed at empowering African youth and families.

A Trailblazer with A Global Vision

With an illustrious career spanning diverse sectors including international trade, business, and diplomacy Akamanzi’s international experience complemented by her legal background equips her to lead NBA Africa into a new era of growth.

Her extensive portfolio includes work at the World Trade Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and the Rwandan Embassy in London, England.

A Passion for Impact And Empowerment

Born in Uganda to Rwandan refugee parents, Akamanzi’s upbringing instilled in her a passion for impact and empowerment.

Her academic excellence, including a master’s degree from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, reflects her dedication to making a difference in communities.

Embracing The Future

As she prepares to lead NBA Africa, Akamanzi brings a multifaceted approach and a vision to transform basketball, economies, and communities across the continent.

Her commitment to leveraging sports as a catalyst for positive change signifies a promising future for basketball in Africa under her guidance.

Personal Life And Roots

Away from the boardroom, Akamanzi’s personal life mirrors her dedication. Married to Alex Ndibwami, a lecturer at Makerere University, she is also a proud mother to two children.

Akamanzi’s journey is deeply rooted in her family, her upbringing and an undying passion for driving transformative change in Africa.

The appointment of Clare Akamanzi signifies a new chapter for basketball in Africa, heralding a future where sports and empowerment converge to shape communities and lives across the continent.


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