President Paul Kagame was born in October 1957 in Rwanda’s Southern Province, but lived as a refugee in Uganda for over 30 years – having fled ethnic persecution and violence in Rwanda in 1960.
President Kagame made an early commitment to fight for national liberation and led a military struggle that ended the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda. Under his leadership, Rwanda has transformed into a nation that is progressing rapidly towards its ambitious vision for socio-economic development, peace and reconciliation.
President Kagame has received recognition for his leadership in peace building and reconciliation, development, good governance, promotion of human rights and women’s empowerment, and advancement of education and ICT, and is widely sought after to address regional and international audiences on a range of developmental and leadership issues. President Kagame served as chair of the UN Secretary General's Advisory Group on MDGs from 2010-2015 and is the co-chair of the ITU’s Broadband Commission alongside Carlos Slim. In July 2016, the member states of the African Union appointed President Kagame to lead the ongoing reforms process aimed at transforming the African Union into an efficient, productive and financially independent institution.
President Kagame was sworn in for his third term as President of the Republic of Rwanda on 18 August 2017.
Paul Kagame is married to Jeannette Kagame and they have four children. He is a keen tennis player and football fan.