Marie Chantal Uwitonze
Founder and President of ADNE,
Marie Chantal Uwitonze is a Belgian Citizen from Rwanda and an International Relations Specialist. Ms. Uwitonze is the Director of MACH Consulting; a Brussels based consulting firm specialized in EU-Africa and ACP-EU Relations, Development Cooperation, Project Management, Business and Communications. She worked as a Parliamentary Adviser at the European Parliament where she covered the parliamentary and legislative work for the Committee on Development (DEVE) and the ACP-EU joint parliamentary Assembly Delegation. She also follows up the work of the Committee on Culture and Education (CULT), Women's Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM) etc.
Previously, she mainly worked as a Teaching and Research Assistant (2011-2012) and later as a Deputy Assistant Secretary General in charge of Partnership Development and E-learning Promoting for Africa (2012-2013) at the Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques (CERIS-Brussels); as an Assistant with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP-2009) in Algiers and as a Programme Assistant with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) (Algiers-2005-2007). She also worked (temporarily) with the Rwandan Ministry of foreign Affairs and Cooperation (Kigali-2008) and the Pan African Youth Union (Algiers-2006-2007).
She has a strong multicultural background (born and raised in Rwanda, she lived and worked in North Africa and travelled to USA, Latin America and Asia before residing permanently in Europe (Belgium).
Whereas her experience in Africa is one of the underlying bases of her involvement for Sustainable Development of Africa, her experience in Europe and her passion about interculturality and North-South cooperation nourished her ambition to create an umbrella organization aimed at promoting integration of African Diaspora members in host countries and making their voice heard at National, European and International Levels. She is convinced that African diaspora members play an important role both for the economic growth of the host countries and the development of their home lands. ADNE will work on offering them the opportunity to enhance their impact on both continents.
Ms. Uwitonze holds a Master's degree in Political Sciences orienting to International Relations with a focus on Diplomacy & Conflict Resolution and a complementary Master’s degree in Development, Environment and Society, both gained with honours from the Université Catholique de Louvain in Belgium. She also graduated in International Law and Diplomacy from the prestigious Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA-Algiers). Ms. Uwitonze speaks four of the most spoken languages in the world (French, English, Spanish and Arabic). She also speaks Kinyarwanda, Swahili and has knowledge of Dutch and German (Basic).
Ms. Uwitonze is the author of several books mainly, "The Keys to a Successful Career" (2017), l' "Union européenne, acteur du maintien de la paix en Afrique: Succès et limites d'un engagement" (EU, a peacekeeping actor in Africa: Success and limits of a commitment) (2014).