Laurent Demuynck came to Rwanda in 2009 to modernize the mushroom industry and make available mushrooms’ nutritional riches for all Rwandans.
Before founding Kigali Farms, he was previously CEO of Brewery Ommegang, a high-end microbrewery in Upstate New York, crafting authentic Belgian-style ales that were distributed throughout the USA. Before that, Laurent held sales and marketing positions within the internet and medical device industries in the U.S.
Laurent has an MBA from Stanford University, a Master’s in International Relations and a Master’s Degree in Ingénieur Commercial, both from Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Elisabeth joined Kigali Farms as Chief Operating Officer in 2019. An important focus of her will be to further roll out the Tree Oyster mushroom deployment project and further increase the social impact of Kigali Farms.
Before joining Kigali Farms, she worked in Rwanda as project manager for Enabel, the Belgian Development Agency through which she worked with micro and small enterprises in rural Rwanda to grow and become more sustainable.
Elisabeth’s favorite mushroom dish is Mushroom pasta.
Ariane Mukeshimana Quality Manager
Ariane has been with Kigali Farms since 2012. Her goal is make sure that Kigali Farms’ products are the best in Rwanda and the Great Lakes Region.
She has been instrumental in Kigali Farms getting and maintaining HACCP and S-Mark quality certifications issued by the Rwanda Standards Board. Ariane is also eager to see Kigali Farms extend its market through manufactured and processed mushroom products in the near future.
Ariane holds an Engineering degree in Industry and Food Safety from Caddi Ayandi, Morocco.
Ariane's favorite mushroom dish: Mushroom Quiche
Ieben Broeckhoven Plant Manager - Musanze mushroom production Unit
Plant Manager - Musanze mushroom production Unit
Ieben joined Kigali Farms in July 2018, and has since been working closely with the button mushroom production team to continuously improve our game. Currently, he is also coordinating the agronomical aspects of our Oyster development project. This means that he gets involved from oyster seed to substrate production to agricultural extension.
His goal is to revolutionise mushroom cultivation in developing countries by using low-value locally available inputs and developing easy to apply guidelines for growing mushrooms.
Moreover, his passion is to create healthy and nutritious food from what would otherwise be considered as waste products.
Ieben has a Masters degree in Agro- and Ecosystems Engineering, specialising in Tropical Agriculture, but also has an anthropological background.
His favourite mushroom dish? Well he can’t choose between mushroom brochettes and mushroom sambusas…
Delphine Tuyisenge Production Plant Manager - Byumba
Production Plant Manager - Byumba
Delphine has been production manager of the Byumba production plant since October 2018.
She is in charge of substrate production and cultivation of tree oyster mushrooms.
Delphine has a bachelors degree in Crop production and Horticulture from NUR Butare.
Her favourite mushroom dish is Creamy Mushroom soup.
Ange Dushimimana Sales Manager
Ange Dushimimana Joined Kigali farms February 2018 as a sales representative. She is now our Sales Manager.
Her goal is to ensure the sales satisfaction of our customers, timely deliveries and to expand Kigali farms' markets within East African and worldwide. She holds a bachelor degree in sales and financial management at KIM university.
Ange's favorite mushroom dish is mushroom omelette.
Christian Ndazigaruye Outreach and training manager Musanze
Outreach and training manager Musanze
Christian is the manager of Outreach and Training in Musanze, specializing in education and training mushroom growers. He works to improve the well-being of rural Rwanda by making mushrooms a staple food for the communities through growing mushrooms.
He also aims to develop the mushroom industry through capacity development, affordable growing technology and by enabling out-growers to make informed entrepreneurial decisions when it comes to their farms.
Christian is an agronomist trained at E.A.Fo – Nyamishaba and holds an undergraduate degree in Agriculture, specializing in Crop Production from ISAE-Busogo. He is a Farmer Field School (FFS) Master Trainer.
Tina has been the Spawn Laboratory Managerat Kigali Farms since January 2019.
She is in charge of all tree oyster mushroom spawn production at our laboratory in Musanze. The spawn is used to make mushroom substrates that we use in all our tree oyster mushroom cultivation. Her aim is to ensure quality mushroom spawn and substrates are available to all Rwandans who want to grow mushrooms in their homes.
Tina holds a Bachelors’ Degree in Biotechnology from MIU (Manipal International University), Malaysia.
Tina's favourite mushroom dish is mushroom Croquettes.
Joseph RUSIRIBA Growing & Hygiene Manager
Growing & Hygiene Manager
Joseph is the Growing & Hygiene Manager in Kigali Farms since 2016.
His work includes climate control to be sure that relative humidity, CO2 concentration, room air, compost temperatures and Hygiene in growing rooms around the factory are maintained at the highest quality and production standards.
Joseph is a horticultural engineer.
Joseph's favourite mushroom dish is mushroom soup.
Pélagie NYIRANDIKUMANA Harvest, packing and logistics manager
Harvest, packing and logistics manager
Pelagie is the harvest, packing and logistics manager at our Musanze mushroom production plant.
She has extensive experience growing mushrooms since 1996.
Pelagie supervises harvest insuring timely and quality mushrooms are harvested. She also oversees packaging and logistics to ensure that all processes are respected according to Pre Requisite Programs (PRP). She is also in charge of insuring safety and quality at the mushroom growing site.
Oscar Ntihuga Substrate production & Processing Manager
Substrate production & Processing Manager
Oscar is the manager of compost production (mushroom substrate) and the processing unit of our Musanze production plant. He has been part of the Kigali Farms family since January 2017. His goal is to make Kigali Farms the first best mushroom Company in the Sub-Saharan Africa through the quality of fresh mushrooms and the processed Mushroom (Canned, Powder and Dried mushrooms).
Oscar holds a state Engineers degree in Biology, specializing in Quality Control and Analysis, from the Djillali Liabes University in Algeria and a Master’s degree in WASH from 2IE(Burkina Faso).
Oscar’s favorite mushroom dish is Mushroom pizza.
Lamberte Mukazana Senior Accountant
Lamberte joined Kigali Farms in 2011. As our senior accountant, she is in charge of keeping Kigali Farms finances in order.
Lamberte's favourite mushroom dish is mushroom soup.
Eric NZAYISENGA Junior Accountant
Eric joined Kigali Farms in November 2016 as a Junior Accountant. His vision is to better implement all his responsibilities especially those related to his post. He applies all the accounting principles for the purpose of managing efficiently both financial and physical property for Kigali Farms.
Eric hold a Bachelor degree in accounting School of Finance and Banking Rwanda.
Eric's favourite mushroom dish is Mushroom Brochettes.
Antoine Nsengimana Sales Assistant
Antoine joined Kigali Farms in October 2012 as a sales assistant.
His work includes ensurings timely deliveries of Kigali Farms' products to all clients and retailers. He also manages our stock. Antoine has an advanced level certificate in Human sciences from College APECOM in Gakenke.
His favourite mushroom dish is mushroom samosas.
Launched operations in Rwanda
Started substrate production of Tree Oyster mushrooms in Rwanda
Began cultivating Tree Oyster mushrooms
Began cultivation of white button mushroom
HACCP(RS 184:2013) certification for Byumba production plant operations for fresh Tree Oyster mushrooms and Substrates.
Began mushroom exports to Kenya and Uganda
HACCP(RS 184:2013) certification for Musanze production plant operations for fresh Button, Cremini and Portobello mushrooms.
S Mark(RS EAS 56:2000) certification for Musanze Production plant operations for fresh Button, Cremini and Portobello mushrooms.
Started the Tree Oyster mushroom deployment project to fight malnutrition in Northern and Western Rwanda by helping rural families grow, eat and market tree oyster mushrooms.