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Innocent Iyakaremye, BA(Psy Schol), BA(Demogr), BA.Hon(Theol), MTh, PhD is Vice Dean of the School of Economics, College of Business and Economics (CBE), University of Rwanda.

He earned Bachelor degree in School Psychology from National University of Rwanda (NUR), 1997, Bachelor degree in Demography from Kigali Independent University (ULK), 2005, Bachelor with honour’s degree in Theology and Development from University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), 2009, a Master’s degree in Theology and Development from UKZN, 2010, and a PhD degree in Gender and Religion from UKZN, 2013.

Before becoming Vice Dean, he served as Training and Research Officer, University College Cork, Child Studies Unit, Ireland, from 1997 to 1999, Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Advisor, IRC-Rwanda, from 2001 to 2002, Researcher at National Commission of Human Rights (CNDH), from 2002 to 2003, Independent Consultant from 2003 to 2008, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, University of KwaZulu-Natal (Sinimlando Centre), from 2010 to 2013, Lecturer at Centre for Gender Studies, University of Rwanda, from 2013 till currently. He has strongly impacted the community through strategic planning, evaluation, research, surveys, teaching, and advisory.

He is committed to transforming the school of Economics and Governance into a model of academic research and publication, research methodology teaching, on-line based teaching, unity, fellowship, and punctuality.

Other current appointments

  • Appointed by the Cabinet as Member of Consultative Committee of Gender Monitoring Office (GMO)
  • President of the Council of Kibogora Polytechnic, a private university in Western Province
  • Member of Research and postgraduate studies Committee, College of Arts and Social Science, University of Rwanda
  • Member of quality assurance, College of Arts and Social Sciences, University of Rwanda

Areas of research interest:

  • Gender and development
  • Gender and health
  • Gender and religion


  • Iyakaremye, I. (2016). Christianity in Burundi. In I.A. Phiri, D. Werner, C. Kaunda, and K. Owino, Anthology of African Christianity. Geneva: Regnum. See
  • Iyakaremye, I & Mukagatare, C. (2016). Forced Migration and Sexual Abuse: Experience of Democratic Republic of Congo Adolescent Girls in Kigeme Refugee Camp, Rwanda. Health Psychology Report. Volume 4(3). See doi: 10.5114/hpr.2016.59590.
  • Iyakaremye, I. (2015). Neglecting religious health assets in responding to HIV and AIDS: an assessment of the response of the Free Methodist Church of Southern Africa to HIV and AIDS, Missionalia (43:1), 23–44. See |
  • Iyakaremye, I. & Isabel Phiri (July 2014): Gender Equality in the Free Methodist Church: Discrepancies in the Attitude and the Practice in Southern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, Journal of Gender and Religion in Africa. Vol. 20 No. 1. (157-175). ISSN: 1025-5648
  • Iyakaremye, I. (2010). Missio Dei in the context of Gender Based Violence and High Risk of HIV Infection: Assessment of the Ubunye Free Methodist Church of Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Journal of Constructive Theology: Gender, Religion and Theology in Africa. Volume 16.2 (Talking Back: Religion, HIV and Gender), (79-107). ISSN: 1025-5648
  • Iyakaremye, I. (2005). Situation des Personnes Handicapées au Rwanda [Situation of Disabled Persons in Rwanda] (Report on Rwandan Third General Census of Population and Housing of August 2002) (National Office for Census, Rwanda).
  • Veale, A., Muramutsa, F., Mukakizima, B., Iyakaremye, I. and Karinganire, C. (1999). Rwandan Child in a Renewed Community: a Hope for a Better future (Dublin: University College Cork, Ireland/Trocaire).
  • Dona, G., Veale, A., Muramutsa, F., Mukakizima, B., Iyakaremye, I. and Karinganire, C. (1997). Situational Analysis of Street children in Rwanda (Dublin: University College Cork, Ireland / Trocaire)
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