Meet The Dream Team

Circle Portrait- Batya

Batya Blankers

Co- Founder & CEO

Batya has more than 8 years of Management experience, including 3 years in NGOs. Having financed her BA studies with the Income Share Agreement, Batya co-founded CHANCEN to give the same opportunity to young people in Africa. She is currently completing her MBA at the African Leadership University School of Business.

When she is not working, Batya enjoys spending time searching for unique fabrics in craft markets when she travels

Circle Portrait- Lilian

Lilian Kuria

Country Manager

Lilian brings over 7 years of practice and experience to the team including a broad knowledge in managing alumni networks and partnerships. 

She is known at ensuring a happy and fulfilling work environment for the team and as well as supporting and encouraging them to deliver quality service to our community under the organization’s values.

She loves to bake sweet treats…and will use them to trade at work if she needs to.

 
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Ally Irakoze

Applications & Students Monitoring Associate

Ally is a graduate in Communications from Southern New Hampshire University through Kepler Program. He has experience in event planning, data collection, logistics, and training delivery.  He supports the application team in logistics management during the students’ signings and workshops.

He Speaks five languages…sometimes even in the same conversation.

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Angelique Mwizerwa

Finance Associate

Angelique has more than 5 years of experience in the banking industry and specializes in all aspects of taxation. She heads up the finance department and is responsible for our operations cost forecasting and day-to-day financial activities. 

She is known for her gleeful scream whenever she gets excited.

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Ariane Niyonsaba

Applications & Students Manager

Ariane is an Akilah alumni in Business Management & Entrepreneurship. She has experience in financial accounting and customer care. Ariane coordinates one of the engines of CHANCEN namely- the students’ application process. She also coordinates the student monitoring, a process that encourages students to respect the CHANCEN Community values during and after their studies.

She can’t resist turning up the music and dancing like no one is watching whenever she gets the chance.

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Audresse Girarike

Operations Manager

Audresse is an Akilah alumni in Business Management & Entrepreneurship.

She has experience in customer care and event organizing. She coordinates the behind-the-scene logistics that help the CHANCEN team move fast and pursue their tasks effectively.

All she needs when she is feeling down is to get in front of a mirror and then she starts to bust a move like it’s a Friday night disco.

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Babra Mulinda

IT Administrator

Babra is an Akilah Information Systems graduate. She has experience in Salesforce and customer-facing apps. She is the cheerful leader of an only tech ladies team that always ensures that our systems keep running smoothly.

She’ll belt out the latest hits in the bathroom like a Karaoke Queen of note.

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Clement Hirwanayo

Repayment Manager

Clement has 5 years of experience in the micro-finance sector. He has a historical portfolio of a 4% default rate. Clement and his team ensure that future generations will have equal access to higher quality education through the repayments of our graduates.

When not at work, Clement is most likely to be found strumming his guitar.

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Diane Dusenge

IT Support Associate

Diane is an Akilah graduate in Information systems. She has experience in software development. She supports the applications team to collect students’ information through various types of online forms.

She shoots hoops on the basketball court like an NBA star.

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Ella Stella ishimwe

Communications Associate

Ella is an Akilah Alumni in Entrepreneurship and Business Management. She has experience in digital marketing and customer service. She develops content for our different digital channels including our bi-monthly newsletter and social platforms.

Beware the moment she takes off her glasses because that’s when she is about to get really serious.

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Marie Aline Iraguha

Applications & Students Monitoring Associate

Aline is an Akilah graduate in Business Management and Entrepreneurship. She has experience in customer service and communication. Aline supports the application team in the student monitoring, a process that encourages students to respect the CHANCEN Community values during and after their studies.

She’ll perk up right away on a tired day if you offer her some tasty homemade food.

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Pierre Nshimiyimana

Repayment Associate

Pierre has 5 years of experience in grant management and business development. Prior to joining CHANCEN, he worked with financial institutions including cooperatives and micro-finances. Pierre supports in the repayment process, therefore ensuring that the next generation of students will have access to quality tertiary education.

When Pierre is not working, he enjoys taking care of his vegetable garden and farming.

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Rebecca Uwizera

IT Support Associate

Rebecca is an Akilah graduate in Information systems. She has experience in salesforce and formstack. She is responsible of collecting and managing data through various online platforms.

Lip syncs better than Channing Tatum.

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Onesphore Sinzimunsi

Applications & Students Monitoring Associate

Onesphore is a graduate in Logistics and Operations from Southern New Hampshire University through Kepler Program. He has experience in communications, event planning, and training delivery. He supports the application team in logistics management during the students’ signings and workshops.

Small mice give him the shivers.

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Otto Kavutse Niragire

Senior Applications Associate

Otto is a graduate in Logistics and Operations from Southern New Hampshire University through Kepler Program. He has experience in financial accounting, customer care, and training delivery. He assists students and guardians in the Income Share Agreement contract signing process and runs the introduction workshops.

He will be the first one to crack a joke in any situation.

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Yvonne Gatsinzi

Human Resources Manager

Yvonne brings an extensive knowledge to the Human Resources department and supports the executive team to put in place strategies that create a pleasant work environment. She is currently completing her MBA in Human Resources Management at University of Kigali.

When not working, she enjoys traveling and cooking.