Prof. Emile BIENVENU

Director General

Prof.  Emile  holds a B. Pharm, a Master’s degree (Pharmacology) from University of the Western Cape in South Africa, and a PhD (Medical Science) from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden in the area of Clinical Pharmacology.

Prof. Emile BIENVENU has been the Director General of Rwanda FDA since August 2021. Associate Professor of Pharmacology, he previously worked at University of Rwanda (1998 – 2021), where he served as Acting Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Research (2020-2021), University Director for Innovation (2017-2020), and Executive Secretary for the University Research Office for six years (2002 to 2008). He also served as External Examiner at Muhimbili University of Health & Allied Sciences in Tanzania until 2016. From July 2011 until May 2013 he was the Head of Medical Procurement Division at Rwanda Biomedical Center. Dr. Emile served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Rwanda Standards Board (RSB) for 11 years (2009 – 2020) and served as a Member of the Board of Directors at Rwanda Military Hospital (2012-2018).

Prof. Emile is an expert in hospital Drug & Therapeutic Committees (DTCs). He provided technical assistance as a resource person to the Ministry of Health in Rwanda (2006) in formulating the first editions of the Standard Treatment Guidelines and Drug Formulary. His research focuses on therapy optimization based on pharmacokinetic and pharmacogenetic considerations. He is the Country Principal Investigator of various research and innovation projects, and has authored a number of papers in peer-reviewed international Journals .


Deputy Director General

Umuhoza Martine is currently the Deputy Director General at Rwanda FDA. She is a supply chain specialist with several years in the sector.

Martine has previously been leading the supply chain operations and project management operations in the pharmaceutical industry, her experience extends into logistics, meticulous inventory, performance management, overseeing purchase and procurement, leading cross-functional teams, reducing costs, increasing revenue, improving productivity through expert business management and leadership skills acquired from all the different roles she has played in the past.

Martine holds a wealth of experience from working with outstanding institutions such as LEAF Europe and LEAF Rwanda where she has been their Associate Manager of procurement and supply chain. This experience strengthened her partnership and relationship skills with stakeholders and enabled her to achieve every business objective she has faced. She also possesses excellent interpersonal skills, leadership, people management, and a great sense of adaptability gained from experience in working with companies based in Rwanda, Europe, and the USA

With a track record of overseeing complex, high-level supply chain operations and increasing revenue through optimizing inventory management strategies and controls, Martine brings a diverse skill set in building relationships with local and international institutions in both the private and public sectors.

Alongside her vast experience, Martine holds an Executive MBA in supply chain management and a Master in logistics management from the prestigious IAE Paris – Sorbonne Business School – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne.