African Innovator

For over 10 years, Henri has been a well-respected voice on entrepreneurship in Africa, renewable energy, innovation, technology impact and more. As a mentor, speaker, and strategist on social entrepreneurship in Africa, he sheds the light on both challenges in the African marketplace, as well as key solutions for the continent.

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My Story

Henri Nyakarundi is a native Rwandan who moved to the US in 1996 to study computer science.After graduation he soon realized that a 9-5 was not his calling, and he was an entrepreneur at heart. Over the next 10 years he founded and developed trucking and construction businesses in both the US and Burundi. However, the green sector is his true passion. He has been developing ARED for the past three years, and as of 2013 has returned to Rwanda to startup this company full time.

For over 10 years, Henri has been a well-respected voice on entrepreneurship in Africa, renewable energy, innovation & technology impact and more…. As a mentor, speaker, strategist on social entrepreneur in Africa, he was able to shed the light on some of the challenges in the African marketplace, but also the key solutions needed to solve some of the major challenges we encounter today as a continent such as unemployment, lack of access to energy, access to smart funding.

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Henri Nyakarundi Innovation and entrepreneurship have become an inspiration to a new generation that are exploring for ways to live a fulfilled life, make money and be in harmony with nature. Green technologies have become the real alternative to fossil fuel. All industries have experience a    surge in new ways and cleaner way to do business. As a society, we finally realize, I believe, the importance to live in harmony with nature.


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MY AFRICAN DREAM One Man's Journey Back Home.

Henri Nyakarundi This book is Henri’s personal experience of he life he lived in the United States and about his journey back home to Rwanda. It is about the misconceptions he had, the challenges he faced, and finally the rediscovery he experienced once back home.

If you are part of the African Diaspora living abroad or contemplating moving to the West, this book is for you. If you want to come home to Africa and need some inspiration, this book is for you. After seventeen years abroad an now five years back in Africa, the road has not been easy, but what Henri found is peace of mind, a better quality of life, his true self and where he truly belongs.




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Business environment in Rwanda, and its challenges.

Impact of innovation and technology at the BOP level, and funding challenges.

Renewable energy in Africa, and which approach needed to increase access to energy in Africa.


Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Startups: Which Financial Solution to Help Startups and Empower Entrepreneurship in Africa?
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topic regarding innovation in Africa



Powering the clean Future.
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