Board of Directors





Founder and CEO of Paper Crown Institute

Katie Carlson is a vocal advocate for the rights of women and girls around the world. As a specialist in gender and development with a particular focus on the African context and concentrated experience in Rwanda, Katie has been collectively studying, writing about and working in gender for over 13 years. In recent years she has focused primarily on developing capacity-building and training programs, and has extensive experience in project management and community development. 



UNICEF Rwanda, Human Resources Officer. Vice President of UGB Men's Basketball Team, Rwanda

Dominique Turiyate has been a Shooting Touch advocate since meeting fellows Casey Stockton and Isaura Guzman back in 2012.  As a native Rwandan and a basketball fanatic, Dominique quickly gained interest in our program and has been a mentor for all fellows arriving in Rwanda.  Recently, Dominique has become the Vice President of a professional basketball team in Rwanda continues to support our work.



Operations Lead, Impact hub, Kigali

Nathalie Neema has grown up around Africa and now works in Kigali as the Lead in Operations at Impact Hub; working with community Growth and Management, developing Impact Measurements, managing events and Project Planning. Previously, she was an Operations Manager at SMGF Ltd  (Societe Mutuelle de Garantie et de Financement). Nathalie has also volunteered with Solid Africa, GIZ, Umutima Women Center, Rwandan Orphan Project and with Shooting Touch before acting as a board member.



Director of Rwanda Diabetes Association, Chairperson of Non-Communicable Disease Alliance,  Kigali

Crispin Gishoma is the Director of Rwanda Diabetes Association (RDA) since 2012 and the Chairperson of Non Communicable Diseases Alliance in Rwanda. He has been working for RDA after completing his undergraduate degree in economics in 2004. Crispin specialized in Project Planning and Management with a Masters degree and is currently pursuing a second Master degree in Global Health at the University of Global Health Equity in Rwanda.

 It is the individual stories of endurance and struggle of people living with Diabetes in Rwanda that motivates Crispin to work hard to provide the best possible health care in Rwanda and to raise awareness about diabetes and other NCDs. As the Director of RDA he manages an organization of 18 employees that runs a centre for diabetes education and vocational skills, organises conferences, conducts hospital visits and follow-up of diabetics around the country, patients’ group support, awareness campaigns and more.



Resident for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Kigali

Dr. Magnifique Irakoze was born in Butare, a small village 2 hours outside of Kigali.  Through his hard work and dedication, he received a scholarship through medical school and became a doctor in 2016.  Magnifique has a strong passion for helping create a healthier nation and is extremely involved with empowering the youth.  Magnifique is the Regional Director for the International Federation of Medical Students Association, the Vice President of AfriYAN (African Youth and Adolescents Network) and a teacher to 1st, 2nd and 3rd year medical students with the University of Rwanda.