Board of Directors

Rwagasani Braddock Le Sage - Board President

Rwagasani Braddock Le Sage

He is a Rwandan born in 1986 and a board president of Peacedu. His education covers the Business studies, security and laws. He is awarded of Masters of Business Administration specialized in Public Relations and Marketing and Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. He earned Post Graduates Diplomas in International Relations and Diplomacy, International law and Human right and Criminology and crime administration. Mr. Braddock has a professional certificate of Professional accounts from Genesis House of Accounts, Salem-India. He is a keen speaker in campaigns against genocide in Rwanda and abroad. He joined the Youth council to advocate for Genocide survivors and fight against genocide ideology. He is experienced in research especially in history of nations, holocaust and humanitarian. He is the author of different articles in Journals and published the book about UNITY and RECONCILIATION in Rwanda entitled “UBUMWE, inzira yo kugarura ubumwe bw’abanyarwanda no kubumbatira ubusugire bw’igihugu.”

DR. DAVID R. GOLDBERG - Board Vice President


Dr. David R. Goldberg is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Lensdrop, Inc., a Special Advisor to NGO Sustainability Inc., where he serves alongside numerous Ambassadors and CEO’s from around the globe, and a member of the Board of Directors and former Treasurer for the Educators Institute for Human Rights. Dr. Goldberg is an expert in genocide studies, human rights, and international education. He founded and currently co-directs a secondary education interdisciplinary program in genocide and international affairs on Long Island where he also directs all district mentoring initiatives for new teachers in all disciplines. He also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Program in Social Studies at Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Goldberg has extensive international experience and has been awarded fellowships all over the world. In 2015 Dr. Goldberg was a Fulbright Fellow of the German-American Fulbright Commission. He has also been awarded fellowships and grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities for academic work in Turkey, the Goethe Institute for academic work in Germany, The Korean Studies Fellowship for academic work in South Korea, and the Board of Jewish Education of New York for academic work in Israel. Dr. Goldberg also served on the Teachers College, Columbia University multi-year curriculum and teacher education grant in New York and India from the Global Education and Leadership Foundation of The Nand & Jeet Khemka Foundation. Dr. Goldberg has served on the Executive Boards of the Institute for Human and Community Development in Haiti and the Long Island Council for the Social Studies, as well as the Educational Advisory Board of the Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. He served as the Chairman of the National Council for the Social Studies Committee for the Award for Global Understanding in Honor of James M. Becker. Dr. Goldberg is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Program of Excellence Award from the New York State English Council for the program he co-founded and co-directs in genocide education, the Robert G. Porter Scholar Award from The American Federation of Teachers and the New York State PTA Fellowship in Honor of Richard Gazzola. Dr. Goldberg holds a Ph.D. and Masters of Philosophy in Social Studies Education from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Education from Hofstra University and a Bachelor of Arts in History from Binghamton University where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa. Dr. Goldberg was an Intern at the White House in the Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. In his free time, Dr. Goldberg is an avid traveler.

Nyiraneza Marie Grace - Board treasurer

Nyiraneza Marie Grace

NYIRANEZA Marie Grace is an advocate in Rwanda Bar Association since 2010. She is also member of Easter Africa Law Society. She is a defender of human rights and a member of Rwanda Bridges to Justice which is a non -profit organization that works to ensure early access to competent legal counsel for every man, woman and child who faces criminal proceedings. Therefore, guaranteeing every Rwandan citizen’s right to a fair trial. She holds Bachelor’s Degree in Law from KIGALI INDIPENDENT UNIVERSITY. She was involved in providing various trainings in area of human right education. She will help Peacedu Initiative Rwanda to achieve their goals in area of human right education.

Albert Rutikanga - Board secretary

Albert Rutikanga

Albert Rutikanga is a professional and passionate educator who was born in the Eastern province of Rwanda. As Genocide Survivor, Albert believes that Peacedu is the best channel to build a society-free from the genocide ideology. Albert runs professionally and diligently day-to-day Peacedu operations. Albert holds Bachelor’s degree in French English with Education and has facilitated numerous workshops in Rwanda about genocide and Holocaust education and Human Rights education. He is more conversant with different education approaches promoted by USC Shoah Foundation and Educators Institute for Human Rights. Albert was involved in teaching students from Quebec, Canada about genocide against the Tutsi through using video conference. Albert was leading the umbrella of genocide survivors Ibuka in former Rukara district in Eastern province of Rwanda. He lives in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda.

Ntakirutimana Gerard - Board Member

Ntakirutimana Gerard

Gerard Ntakirutimana is a native of Rwanda who was born on January 1, 1978 in Huye District of Southern Province. He got his Master’s Degree in Education and Creativity from Mahatma Gandhi University, Meghalaya-India. He has also Bachelor’s degree from university of Kibungo. He is a perfect bilingual with a long experience in education. Gerard Ntakirutimana completed the programme through a three days training on each of the following subjects in the field of peace education organized by Peacedu Initiative Rwanda, AEGIS, IRDP and USC Shoah foundation, Kigali, 2014-2016 on: 1) Advanced use of multimedia in peace education workshop 2) Introduction to peace education 3) Peace education as strategy for life 4) Citizenship and responsibility 5) Global review on peace education for peace building 6) Peace education for human rights and peace education for justice and compassion 7) The understanding of Rwandan history and the Genocide against Tutsi in the context of searching lasting peace and sustainable development. He completed successfully the workshop organized by Never Again Rwanda, Huye, 2014 on: “Conflict management and mediation”. He facilitated the 2016 and 2017 local public speaking and exchange which brought together 56 participants from 14 secondary schools in Huye and Nyanza districts to exchange their ideas on “Breaking the culture of silence, the role of the youth in promoting tolerance and constructive dialogue in the Great Lakes Region” and “Peace starts with me!” and the issues hindering peace in our schools and communities. He is a professional experienced educator who taught at Shyembe Primary School, Huye, 1998-1999; at Groupe Scolaire Sainte Berndette de Save, Gisagara, 1999-2006. He is now an Educator a Groupe scolaire des Parents secondary school. Throughout regular facilitations and by using critical thinking and Rwandan positive values within Club “Anti-Genocide” in secondary schools of Huye district, particularly in Groupe Scolaire des Parents secondary school, Gerard Ntakirutimana is committed and inspired to the promotion of human rights, the culture of peace, mutual respect and genocide ideology prevention in order to build social cohesion among people, build tolerant society for a sustainable peace not only in Rwandan society but also to the whole globe.

Sarah Schmidt - Board Member

Sarah Schmidt

Sarah Schmidt is the Assistant Director of Global Education Initiatives and instructor of Peace and Conflict Studies at Kent State University. In 2011, Sarah graduated Magna Cum Lade from The Ohio State University with a BA in English and Religious Studies. Following her undergraduate studies, she attended American University’s School of International Service and received a Master’s in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs, with a concentration in human rights and social justice in the Middle East and North Africa. Before her work at Kent State University, Sarah served as the Program Coordinator of the Mohammed Said Farsi Chair of Islamic Peace at American University. In her current role, Sarah is responsible for implementing the internationalization strategy of Kent State Stark, enhancing engagement with global issues, and fostering greater international exposure for students, faculty, staff, and the community. Sarah is a PhD candidate in Kent State University’s Cultural Foundations program. Her current research interests include peace education in post conflict regions and international development education. She is also a current Board Member in Peace Education Initiative in Rwanda