About Us

Karisimbi Business Partners is a strategic advisory firm that takes a ‘hands-on’ approach to enterprise development in Rwanda and the East African region.

We translate strategy into concrete action, delivering practical recommendations that help businesses succeed. Karisimbi Partners works directly with business leaders to ensure strategy, management and resources are aligned for company growth and lasting impact.

Karisimbi Partners has worked with over 150 clients across multiple sectors, including Agro-processing, ICT, Professional Services, Media, Manufacturing, and Private Equity.

We work alongside the management teams of businesses with the potential to drive growth of key industries, expand employment, transfer knowledge and contribute to the economic development of the country and region.

Management Team

Carter Crockett, Ph.D. | Co-Founder & Managing Partner


Carter’s background includes over twenty years of business experience, connecting theory to practice. He has held strategic marketing roles for a number of innovative companies in the following industries: automotive, consumer media, coffee, and information technology. In 2000, Carter left product management at Microsoft to become Co-Founder/President of Dealer Trade Group, a wholesale (B2B) marketplace for vehicles, which he led through successful launch. Starting and leading Karisimbi Partners continues to be the highlight of his career.

Besides his own ventures, Carter has guided entrepreneurs on three continents. His practical experience informs his teaching, writing, speaking and consulting in the areas of social entrepreneurship, business ethics and virtue. Carter was a primary author of the National Code of Business Ethics commissioned by Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation (PSF), and also contributed to the Entrepreneurship Development Policy for Rwanda. He has also served as Founding Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Gordon College, bringing a class of international development students to Rwanda annually.

Carter received his B.A. in Business and Economics from Westmont College in 1992 and in 2005 earned a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship while teaching and conducting research at Robert Gordon University, Scotland.

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Crockett, Ph.D.

Managing Partner & Co-Founder

Eva Zigiriza | Director


Eva’s leadership at Karisimbi Business Partners provides expert operational and financial oversight to the business.

Prior to joining Karisimbi Partners, Eva served as the Senior Operations Leader for General Electric (GE) Aviation’s Services business. In this role, Eva crafted and delivered winning strategies and successfully led the transformation to digitize and streamline business processes, connecting both horizontal and vertical teams to improve profitability and customer delivery.

Eva joined GE Aviation in 2006 through GE’s Financial Management Leadership Program (FMP). For over fourteen years of her career with GE Aviation, Eva held key roles of increasing responsibility starting in finance, and later transitioning into program management, supply chain, business and commercial operations in both the Military and Commercial engines divisions. Prior to relocating to Kigali, Rwanda, Eva’s experience included leading global and cross functional teams, and working with customers and partners in Asia, Europe, North and South America.

Eva graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst with dual degrees in Finance and Economics and holds a Master’s degree in Finance from Brandeis University. She is fluent in English and Kinyarwanda, and has working competency in French as well.

Outside of work Eva is a volunteer teacher for Junior Achievement (JA), coach and mentor for first generation college students for Management Leadership for Tomorrow (ML4T), and enjoys travel, being active, and spending time with family and friends.

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Director

Lucie Stembirkova | Senior Manager


Lucie has 9 years of experience in management consultancy in world-class consulting companies Capgemini and McKinsey, and a 2-year experience in entrepreneurship as a book publisher in France and Rwanda. Lucie has held lead roles on client engagements in the energy, finance and public sector, and developed expert insights on topics such as strategy, operations, marketing, HR and technology.

Originally from the Czech Republic, Lucie has experience working in cross-cultural settings in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Fluent in English, French and Czech, with a finance degree from Sciences Po Paris, she is passionate about understanding the market and client needs and finding innovate ways for companies to thrive.

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Stembirkova

Senior Manager

Elvis Ngenzi | Business Administration Manager


Elvis is entering his fourth year at Karisimbi Partners, where his work has focused on market analysis and investment feasibility studies. Elvis has held lead and support roles on client engagements across various sectors in Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since 2016, he has served as the Project Manager for a 10M USD Public-Private-Partnership in the sugar sector, facilitating major infrastructure development and technology deployment. Elvis holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Business Administration majoring in Finance from the University of Rwanda at the College of Business and Economics.

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Ngenzi

Business Administration Manager

Anysie Ishimwe | Senior Business Analyst


Anysie Ishimwe holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hope College where she majored in Business Management and Psychology. In her short career, she has worked in various business roles including student-level consulting, employee benefits, and partnerships. During her time in college, she served as a student consultant for the college’s Center of Leadership – a program that aims to train students in the consulting process through solving “real world” cases from West Michigan companies of various sizes. One of the projects she worked on was revamping the e-commerce platform for Gordon Food Services- the largest privately held food distributor in North America.

After graduation in 2016, Anysie worked as a Benefits intern and Staffing Specialist at Haworth, Inc., a global furniture manufacturer in based in West Michigan. Prior to working with Karisimbi Business Partners, Anysie was a Global Health Corps fellow at Gardens for Health international where she served as a partnerships coordinator. She naturally gets excited by solving problems and she is even more motivated when that is contributing to the development of Rwanda in big or small ways.

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Ishimwe

Sr. Business Analyst

Ian Rusagara | Senior Business Analyst


Ian Rusagara joined Karisimbi Business Partners as a Senior Business Analyst.

Prior to joining Karisimbi Partners, Ian served as a Business Strategy Manager at Intraspeed Logistics Rwanda. In this role, he was responsible for establishing networks, seeking new opportunities and placing the company in a position to respond to demands of the industry. Prior to that, Ian worked at PwC Rwanda as a Senior Associate where he held lead and support roles on client engagements across various sectors including commercial banking, insurance, energy and hospitality.

Ian holds a B.A in Business Management and Economics from Washington College, Maryland, as well as an MSc in International Supply Chain Management from the University of London, Royal Holloway.

Ian Rusagara

Sr. Business Analyst

Gilbert Abagiraneza | Business Analyst


Gilbert Abagiraneza serves as the Office Manager at Karisimbi Partners.  He is currently pursuing a Bachelor Degree of Business Management in Finance at the University of Kigali.  Before coming to Karisimbi he served at Elim Company as supervisor in charge of other employees and customer service delivery. He has developed skills in multitasking and is coordinating many internal projects for the KBP team.

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Abagiraneza

Business Analyst

Theophile Hakizimana | MD of Asili Natural Oils


Theophile is a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Management and an MBA augmented by substantial experience accumulated in consulting, managing and providing leadership to Small and Medium Enterprises in Rwanda. Theophile has been recruited on multiple occasions to turn around multiple businesses by providing strong management, financial and strategic support. Theophile is a visionary who finds special pleasure in nurturing start-ups into successful companies.

Theophile’s specialty is people-development. He has built supply chains from scratch among some of the poorest cassava and seed oil farmers in Rwanda. He has developed teams of professional staff and temporary laborers built around integrity and the intrinsic value of the individual. Theophile has most recently designed a structure whereby he employed hundreds of unskilled labourers that could not be otherwise employed to develop land and create economic opportunity in one of the poorest sectors in Rwanda.

To learn more, please visit: https://asilioils.com/

Theophile
Hakizimana

MD of Asili

Clarisse Uwineza | MD of Acacia Accounting


Clarisse Uwineza Nzabonimana is a Certified Public Accountant registered with the institute of Certified Public Accountants of Rwanda (iCPAR).

Clarisse began her work with Bridge2Rwanda Services as an accountant trainee in October 2012 and advanced to a full-time staff accountant in February, 2013. She was one of the charter staff members of Acacia Accounting when it opened its doors in April 2013. Since then, Clarisse has advanced in Acacia very quickly, passing her CPA exams and being promoted to Senior Staff Accountant in 2014. As the managing director, Clarisse holds responsibilities in bookkeeping, financial statements preparation and review, compliance and regulatory assistance, accounting oversight, payroll processing, consulting and advisory services, tax preparation, filing and payment, training in accounting and accounting software.

Clarisse earned her CPA from the Kenya Accountants and Secretaries National Examinations Board (KASNEB). She also has a Bachelor of Business Administration, with a major in Accounting, from the Adventist University of Central Africa (AUCA), based in Rwanda.

To learn more, please visit https://www.acacia.rw/

Clarisse
Uwineza

MD of Acacia

Co-Founders

Carter Crockett | Co-Founder & Managing Partner


Carter’s background includes over twenty years of business experience, connecting theory to practice. He has held strategic marketing roles for a number of innovative companies in the following industries: automotive, consumer media, coffee, and information technology. In 2000, Carter left product management at Microsoft to become Co-Founder/President of Dealer Trade Group, a wholesale (B2B) marketplace for vehicles, which he led through successful launch. Starting and leading Karisimbi Partners continues to be the highlight of his career.

Besides his own ventures, Carter has guided entrepreneurs on three continents. His practical experience informs his teaching, writing, speaking and consulting in the areas of social entrepreneurship, business ethics and virtue. Carter was a primary author of the National Code of Business Ethics commissioned by Rwanda’s Private Sector Federation (PSF), and also contributed to the Entrepreneurship Development Policy for Rwanda. He has also served as Founding Director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at Gordon College, bringing a class of international development students to Rwanda annually.

Carter received his B.A. in Business and Economics from Westmont College in 1992 and in 2005 earned a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship while teaching and conducting research at Robert Gordon University, Scotland.

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Crockett

Co-Founder & Managing Partner

Dano Jukanovich | Co-Founder


With more than 22 years of experience, Dano has held responsibility for business development and finance for start-ups and established companies including AT&T Wireless before accepting the role of CEO for family-owned business Lifestyle Homes & Construction. In 2009, Dano co-founded Karisimbi Partners, and moved to Rwanda with his family until 2012. Today, he manages the operations of the business remotely and visits Rwanda regularly. Prior to Karisimbi Partners, Dano accrued experience in the following industries: military intelligence, residential homebuilding and financing, satellite communication, information technology, and wireless communication. His background includes five years of service as an Army Airborne Ranger and Senior Intelligence Officer for the United States Army prior to application of his leadership to a variety of companies. With his unique capacity for crafting strategy, marshaling finance and streamlining operations, Dano excels at ensuring organizational efficiency.

Dano received his B.S. degree in Economics from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1993. As part of his military service, Dano lived in Seoul, Korea and learned Mandarin Chinese while studying in Beijing, China. He also earned his MBA degree with a specialty in Finance at Wharton. That same year, Dano earned a Master of Arts in International Economics & Asian Studies at the Johns Hopkins Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.

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Jukanovich

Co-Founder

Greg Urquhart | Co-Founder


Greg contributes more than twenty years of sales, strategy and management experience, working in international settings and across a number of vertical markets, including six years working in East and Southern Africa. His experience ranges from startups, including Karisimbi Partners and its invested companies, to the Fortune 100, to his current role as VP of Partners & Strategic Alliances for Xamarin Inc., a global mobile application development platform company based in San Francisco. Greg has held a variety of senior roles for over 15 years with Microsoft, in the US and Europe, including Managing Director of Global System Integrators and ISV partners, and GM of the national partner organization, leading Microsoft’s sales, marketing and engagement efforts across the largest consulting and software development companies in the United States.

Over the course of his career he has worked with organizations in sectors including: government, manufacturing, professional services, health-care and financial services. Greg has led diverse multi-national teams responsible for business planning, marketing, and sales, and prides himself on delivering optimal value for customers and strong business results for partners. Based in Paris for three years as the Director for Mid-size Enterprises, he oversaw strategy, sales, and marketing for this USD $2.6 Billion customer segment spanning Europe, Middle East, and Africa, delivering a connected sales and marketing process tailored to each diverse region. Results-oriented by nature, Greg has a passion for management excellence and people development, believing sound business planning and operational excellence are the keys to success. Greg graduated with honors from Westmont College in 1993, receiving his B.A. in Psychology & Business Economics, and attended the International Business Institute in Europe.

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Urquhart

Co-Founder

Since 2009, we have managed over 150 client engagements, including work with 5 of the largest holding companies in Rwanda
Since 2009, we have managed over 150 client engagements, including work with 5 of the largest holding companies in Rwanda
We have created award winning strategies across more than 20 sectors, including: Agri-processing, Manufacturing, Insurance, Information Technology, and more.
We have created award winning strategies across more than 20 sectors, including: Agri-processing, Manufacturing, Insurance, Information Technology, and more.
Our global team includes experienced advisors, entrepreneurs, investors and company managers with deep networks across Africa.
Our global team includes experienced advisors, entrepreneurs, investors and company managers with deep networks across Africa.
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Portfolio Companies

Karisimbi Partners applies our best for companies big and small in order to deliver strategic impact. Our portfolio includes:

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