James Kimonyo is the ambassador of the Republic of Rwanda to the U.S. and non-resident ambassador to Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, and Chile. Prior to his current position, he was Rwanda’s ambassador to the Republic of South Africa and non-resident ambassador to Zambia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Kingdom of Swaziland, and the Kingdom of Lesotho where he served for two years.
Kimonyo has been instrumental in the political and socio-economic reforms in Rwanda for the last 13 years where he held several key positions in government. Prior to his diplomatic career, he served as the governor of the Eastern and Southern provinces respectively (Kibungo and Butare). As a governor he was directly involved in efforts to enhance justice, economic development, and social progress. He has an outstanding record for his dedication to strengthening and fostering the unity and reconciliation process in Rwanda.
After the 1994 genocide, Kimonyo was appointed to head the department of Rehabilitation and Reconstruction under several ministries including, Rehabilitation and Social Integration, Home Affairs, Communal Development and Resettlement, as well as the ministry of Lands, Resettlement and Environmental Protection. He has also played a vital role in the repatriation, resettlement, and reintegration programs of former Rwandan refugees.
Kimonyo additionally has a wide range of experience with international organizations. He served as a national director and coordinator of several projects funded by different international organizations including, UNHCR, UNDP and UN-HABITAT. He has a bachelor of science in civil engineering and holds a master's degree in engineering project management.