Meet the Shibuka Team

The Shibuka team is global in outlook and experience, focused on delivering local solutions, committed to delivering an open access global knowledge exchange platform and community to guide the development of young entrepreneurs in Rwanda-and-beyond.

Team Profiles

Darrell Kofkin

Co-Founder, Deputy Legal Representative, Programme Director

Social entrepreneur, professor of social entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship for one of the UK’s largest universities (University of Westminster, London, UK). Committed to youth entrepreneurship development in Rwanda and across Africa.

Deborah Rose

Co-Founder, Media and Communications Director

Mentor to many start-up entrepreneurs, professor of marketing and entrepreneurship at University of Westminster (London, UK), communications and media expert. Passionate guiding young entrepreneurs to develop sustainable businesses.

Eugene Torero

Co-Founder and Legal  Representative

Former GoR Deputy Commissioner Rwanda Revenue Authority, TradeMark East Africa Country Director, committed to seeing Rwanda succeed and its youth being empowered to deliver transformation.

Pacifique Ngabo

Co-Founder and Interim Legal Representative

Renowned young Rwandan architect, now helping develop and design Shibuka’s entrepreneurship ecosystem to support young entrepreneurs in Rwanda.

Prof Gillian Youngs

Global Innovation Ecosystem

First woman in UK to be appointed as a professor of digital economy Former Dean and Professor of Digital and Creative Economy at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Jon Pike

International and Governance

Former Director of Internationalization, University of Westminster,
Postgraduate education and market development expert, advisor on commercial contracts and memorandums of understanding.

Daniel Johnson

Storytelling through Film

Founder, Daniel Johnson Films, film director and storyteller, passionate about Rwanda and telling the story of young Rwandan entrepreneurs.

Karen Dillon

Personal Development

Former Editor of Harvard Business Review, author of The Prosperity Paradox and several New York Times bestsellers including ‘How Will You Measure Your Life?’

Dr Michael Gray

Education and Rwanda

Director of Studies, Harrow School Passionate about Rwanda, leading speaker in the UK on the Genocide against the Tutsi. Has published two books and several articles on Holocaust education.

Dr Helena Kim

Coaching and mentoring

Executive coach, University of Cambridge, Judge, Business School scholar and author of Soft Skills for Hard People.

Dr Michael Tusiime

Rwanda Education

University of Rwanda College of Education; past Head of National Basic Education Examination and Accreditation of the Rwanda Education Board.

Prof Terry Lamb

Interdisciplinary Pedagogy

Professor of Languages and Interdisciplinary Pedagogy (University of Westminster) Former Director of Centre for Teaching Innovation.

Dr Jen Dickenson

Human Geography

Associate Professor in Human Geography, University of Winchester, researching youth-led entrepreneurship in Rwanda

Jeannette Uwababeyi


RTV business news anchor, passionate about empowering women and youth in Rwanda.

Prof Kevin Lane Keller

Global Branding and Marketing

Author of the world’s leading marketing textbook with Distinguished Professor Philip Kotler, Marketing Management, author of the bestselling textbook on brand management and consultant to Fortune 500 companies. Senior Associate Dean, Marketing Communications, Tuck Business School at Dartmouth College. Prolific researcher with 245,000+ citations.

Prof Dr Johann Fuller

Global Innovation and Virtual Communities

Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, University of Innsbruck. Founder of Hyve product innovation consultancy. Prolific researcher with over 11000 citations.

Dr Svend Hollensen

Global Marketing

Associate Professor, University of Southern Denmark, Author of the world’s leading international marketing textbook, Global Marketing

Dr Spinder Dhaliwal


Reader in Entrepreneurship, University of Westminster, Author of The Millennial Millionaire