From its inception in 2012, Rugege has lead the business operations and driven the strategic vision for CMU-Africa, a world-class graduate program dedicated to educating Africa’s next generation of technology leaders and innovators. Under her leadership, the university has raised over $12 million dollars, which has enabled the expansion of the program making it more accessible to Africa’s brightest young people.
Prior to joining Carnegie Mellon University, Rugege worked at IBM’s Silicon Valley Lab for seven years. As a software engineer, she created data warehousing solutions for banking and retail institutions. She also worked as a technology consultant providing IBM’s customers with business intelligence solutions.
Rugege received her bachelor’s degree in computer science from Grambling State University and her master’s degree in information systems and management from Carnegie Mellon University. She’s a strong advocate for technology and education as catalysts for Africa’s socio-economic transformation; and she is committed to cultivating a new generation of African women leaders in STEM.