Dr GATARE Ignace
Dr. Ignace GATARE, currently serves as the Principal of the College of Science and Technology of the University of Rwanda. Prior to his appointment as Princiapl, Dr. GATARE served as the Director General of the Rwanda National Commission of Science and Technology (NSTC), a public institution serving as think-tank and advisory board to the Rwanda Government on issues pertaining to the development of science, technology, research and innovation. He also served in the Government of Rwanda as Minister in Charge of Information and Communications Technology, from November 2009 until April 2012.
He is currently member of governing bodies of various national and international institutions and projects including:
* Member of joint advisory board of Carnegie Mellon University – Rwanda Campus.
* Member of the Advisory Committee of the GEONET project, an initiative of the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM
* Member of the steering committee of the Integrated Biological Control Applied Research Program (IBCARP), a project run by the International Center for Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), Nairobi, KENYA
*Rwanda National Coordinator for AFRA.
He received his undergraduate and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering, respectively in 2001 and 2004, with major in Telecommunications, from the Mons Engineering Faculty (FPMs), Mons, Belgium.
In 2008, He obtained a PhD degree in Engineering Sciences with specialization in Photonics from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), where he also worked as a postdoctoral research fellow. His research interests include optical switching, optical injection-locking and synchronization of semiconductor lasers.
Dr. GATARE coordinated and supervised various national telecommunications and ICT infrastructure projects including the construction of the 2.600-km National fiber-optic backbone network and the deployment of the National Digital Terrestrial Broadcasting Television Platform.