rebecca besant

Regional Director, East Africa

Rebecca Besant is our Regional Director for East Africa. She has been working with us since 2001, beginning in the DC office and then moving to Liberia in 2005 as the West Africa Program Manager. She served as the Africa Program Manager from 2006-2010, supporting new program development in Côte d’Ivoire, Madagascar, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Sudan during that time. In September 2010 she became the Director for the Great Lakes and Rwanda, managing the country programs as well as our regional strategy. She has been the Director for East Africa since January 2012. Based in Kigali, Rwanda, she is responsible for oversight to the Burundi, Madagascar, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zimbabwe programs as well as regional projects in the Great Lakes and Ethiopia. She also manages the Radio for Peacebuilding Africa initiative ( Prior to working with us she worked in development at Trout Unlimited, and also as a lightweight women’s crew coach at Georgetown University.