Her Excellency Jeanne d’Arc Gakuba is the Vice-President of the Rwandan Senate in Charge of Finance and Administration, a post she has held since 2011. Her Excellency obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the National University of Burundi in 1987, and a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the National University of Rwanda.
From 1987 to 1994, she was a Professor of Geography, History and Political Economy at Lycée de Ngagara in Burundi. Following this, she took her first government role as the Head of the Climatology Section at the Ministry of Transport and Communications, before moving on to become Managing Director at the National Umbrella of associations of women’s advancement, PROFEMME/ TWESE HAMWE from 1996 to 1998, and then the Coordinator of “Centre de Formation et de Recherche Coopératives – IWACU” in charge of promoting cooperative movement through research and training from 1998 to 2001.
After this, she re-entered public service as the Vice-Mayor of Kigali City in charge of Gender and Women Promotion for the term 2001-2005, and then again as Vice-Mayor of Kigali in charge of Social Development from 2006-2011.
In 2011 she was elected as a Senator and Vice-President of the Rwandan Senate, a post which she holds to this day.