Didier Nkurikiyimfura is the Head of Technology and Innovation at the Smart Africa Secretariat. Didier took over this position in March 2016, bringing with him over 13-year rich ICT Policy, strategy and implementation experience.
From 2012 to early 2016, Didier was the General Director in charge of ICT at the Ministry of Youth and ICT of the Republic of Rwanda, where he was in charge of the country’s ICT Policy and Strategy development and coordination, aiming at transforming Rwanda into a middle-income economy and information-rich society by 2020. During his tenure, he led the development and implementation of various strategic policies and implementation frameworks for the Government of Rwanda. This includes the “Smart Rwanda Master Plan (2015-2020)”. From 2010 – 2012, he was the head of the IT Security Division, a division of the Rwanda Development Board that plans, implements and coordinates Rwanda’s ICT Security. And he worked at the Rwanda Information Technology Authority where he respectively served as Director of the National Computing Center (NCC) and Director of the National Data Center (NDC) during which he led the implementation of a State-of-the-art Tier-III Data Center as well as a secure, scalable, resilient, and service-oriented automated Cloud Computing platform for the Government of Rwanda.
At the beginning of his career, Didier worked at the Computer Science Department of the National University of Rwanda, where he served as Assistant Lecturer, teaching a range of computer science subjects and supervising dozens of students’ undergraduate projects. He currently serves as Chairman of Board of Directors of the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority. He also serves at the steering committee of the “Internet for all”, one of the core pillars of the “Global Challenge on the Future of the Internet” initiative convened by the World Economic Forum. Nkurikiyimfura holds a Master’s degree in Computer Science and Software Engineering from the National University of Rwanda. He is also fluent in English and French.