Dr. Gasore named new Minister of Infrastructure

On 13 September 2023 at 07:44

President Paul Kagame has appointed Dr. Jimmy Gasore as the new Minister of Infrastructure, effective as of Tuesday, September 12. Dr. Gasore takes over the important role of overseeing Rwanda’s infrastructure development, succeeding Ernest Nsabimana, who had served in the position since January 2022.

Dr. Gasore brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this crucial ministerial position. He is a former lecturer at the University of Rwanda, where he specialized in atmospheric sciences.

Additionally, he served as the Station Chief Scientist for the Rwanda Climate Observatory and was a dedicated research fellow at the Kigali Collaborative Research Center (KCRC).

His academic journey includes earning a bachelor’s degree in Physics from the National University of Rwanda in 2008 and culminating in a PhD in Atmospheric Sciences from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in February 2018.

One of Dr. Gasore’s significant contributions to Rwanda’s scientific landscape was the establishment of the Rwanda Climate Observatory, starting in 2013. This observatory represents a comprehensive field station designed to monitor various aspects of atmospheric composition linked to climate change, air pollution, and ozone depletion. Notably, the Rwanda Climate Observatory is the sole African station within the Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment (AGAGE), a global network dedicated to measuring atmospheric composition through high-frequency on-site measurements adhering to standardized protocols and instrumentation.

Dr. Gasore harnessed data collected from these monitoring sites to estimate regional emissions of carbon dioxide and methane, a vital component of his PhD thesis. His remarkable thesis was awarded the esteemed "Rossby Award" for being the best thesis in the program in Atmosphere, Oceans, and Climate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

In the years spanning from 2017 to 2018, Dr. Gasore played a pivotal role in a critical air quality monitoring project initiated by the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA). His responsibilities included the establishment of cutting-edge instruments to track pollutant levels and analyze the chemical composition of particulate matter. This project aimed to comprehensively understand the drivers of air pollution in Rwanda, providing essential data to inform and shape national environmental policies.

Dr. Gasore has been appointed as the new Minister of Infrastructure.