Minister of Environment,
Republic of Rwanda
Dr Vincent Biruta is the Minister of Environment for the Government of Rwanda.
Prior to his appointment in August 2017, he served as Minister of Natural Resources from 2014 and Minister of Education from 2011. He has also held the position of President of the Rwandan Senate from 2003 to 2011. He served as the President of the National Transition Assembly from January 2000 to August 2003, Minister of Public Works, Transport and Communication from 1999 to 2000 and Minister of Health from 1997 to 1999.
Minister Biruta is a qualified physician. He furthered his studies in Planning and Management of Health Services in Developing Countries at the Université libre de Bruxelles in Belgium. He is also a holder of a post-graduate diploma in Public Health and Nutrition from the Université catholique de Louvain in Belgium.
Minister Biruta is passionate about the intersection of the environment and the economy to achieve sustainable green growth and socio-economic transformation. His work advancing the circular economy in Rwanda led to him being named runner-up in The Circulars 2018 Fortune Award for Circular Economy Leadership.
Speaking at the following WCEF2019 sessions:
Monday 3 June at 14.30-16.00: The circular economy in Africa
Tuesday 4 June at 16.00-17.30: WCEF2019 Grand Finale