Clarisse Iribagiza is the CEO of HeHe Limited, a top mobile technology company in Rwanda founded in 2010.
HeHe limited develops innovative technologies that enable businesses to optimize their operations and reach their audience faster, conveniently and at an affordable rate. It is now at the forefront of the mobile technological revolution as it boasts over 2 million users across Africa.
Clarisse Iribagiza studied Computer Engineering and Information Technology at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology where she and other young ICT entrepreneur launched iHills, a Rwandan tech start-up network based on the premise that Rwanda can be a birthplace for the next big thing in technology. The establishment continues to provide mentorship and also access to finance and markets for tech start ups in Rwanda.
She is also a member of the Presidential Youth Advisory Group at the African Development Bank, and HeHe limited, of which she is the CEO and co-founder has grown to become an IT solution lab with a clientele that includes a number of government agencies.
Asides being a successful business woman, Clarisse stands out distinctly as one of the new crop of African women entrepreneurs who have broken several barriers and defied odds. She has become a propelling force in changing the minds and transforming the lives of young people in Africa.
In an interview, she stated, ‘we have built systems that have improved operational efficiency for many organizations across the continent, but our biggest success so far was establishing our research arm that has inspired and trained hundreds of Rwandan youths over the past three years to be at the forefront of Africa’s technology revolution’.
She has also won a plethora of awards and recognition for her contribution to the Rwandan Technological Sector. In 2012, she was named among the 20 movers and shakers of Africa at the continent’s CEO summit. Also she got an award for her entrepreneurial mind and drive at the Young Rwandan Achievers
Clarisse Iribagiza definitely fits the description of an outstanding force to be reckoned with and one who sets the path for youths for follow. Here’s her view on business opportunities for young people, ‘the youth today have access to a lot of knowledge and information as a result of the information era that we are in. Technological advancements have also broken down geographical barriers that existed a decade ago ‘I see young people in my organization teaching themselves the latest programming techniques online and collaborating with their colleagues in Uganda or Kenya. I see great opportunities for collaboration. across borders to build and scale ideas’.