Carmen Nibigira


Project Director




KN 14 Av. 45 Kimihurura
P.O. Box 283
Kigali, Rwanda


+250 780 663 646


Carmen has over 17 years’ experience in the hotel and tourism industry in Africa and Europe. Former Regional Coordination for East Africa Tourism Platform and Director General of Burundi National Tourism Office, Carmen is a seasoned tourism policy strategist. She has run tour operation companies in Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya and Uganda as well as managed an international hotel in Tanzania. She has also conducted tourism and hospitality related capacity building training in Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). In the capacity of consultant, Carmen advised governments and non-governments organizations on tourism planning, strategy and business competitiveness in West and Central Africa.
She worked at the Ecole Hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland, as an Academic Assistant and Researcher before joining Clemson University in 2012 where she is currently a PhD Candidate in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management. Her area of research focuses on policy and political economy of tourism as well as on the socio-political fabric of emerging tourism destinations. Carmen believes in her long-term vision of reinforcing human capacity and policy development in tourism for Africa.
She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Akilah Institute for Women, a higher education college that offers market-relevant education with campuses in Rwanda. She also publishes widely on different issues related to tourism development in East Africa and is known to be an advocate for inter and intra-regional travel and tourism in Africa. Carmen is an avid reader and traveler.