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Carmen Nibigira, PhD

Project Director Howarth HTL, East Africa

Carmen has over 17 years’ experience in the hotel and tourism industry in Africa and Europe. A former Regional Coordination for East Africa Tourism Platform and Director General of Burundi National Tourism Office, Carmen is a seasoned tourism policy strategist. She has run tour company operations in Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda as well as managed an international hotel in Tanzania. She has also conducted tourism and hospitality related capacity building trainings in Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Togo, the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the capacity of consultant, Carmen advised governments and non-governmental organizations on tourism planning, strategy and business competitiveness in West and Central Africa.
She worked at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland, as an Academic Assistant and Researcher. She has PhD in Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management from Clemson University. . Her area of research is focused on policy and political economy of tourism as well as on the socio-political fabric of emerging tourism destinations. Carmen believes in her long-term vision of reinforcing human capacity and policy development in tourism for Africa.
She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Akilah Institute for Women, a high education college that offers market-relevant education with a campus in Kigali, Rwanda. She also publishes widely on different issues related to tourism development, human resources and policy in East Africa and is known to be an advocate for inter and intraregional travel and tourism in Africa.
Carmen is an avid reader and traveller.

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