Olivier Nsengimana

2014 Young Laureate, Environment
Rwanda, Born 1984


Project Goal

Save endangered grey crowned-cranes in Rwanda

Location: Rwanda

Despite a tough childhood, Olivier Nsengimana is determined to help rebuild Rwanda and ensure the survival of endangered species through conservation.

After graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine (2010) at the Higher Institute of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in the Northern Province, rather than follow his classmates into livestock production, he chose conservation, a path few young Rwandans tread. Since 2010, he has been a field veterinarian with Gorilla Doctors, based in Musanze in the north of Rwanda, which was set up by the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project and the Wildlife Health Center, University of California, Davis. He also works for the USAID-funded Emerging Pandemic Threats PREDICT programme in Kigali, conducting wildlife surveillance to identify the emergence of new infectious diseases. Nsengimana is currently studying for a long-distance MVetSci in Conservation Medicine at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He expects to graduate in 2015.

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