Eugene-Richard Gasana is the Minister of State In charge of Cooperation and Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations.
Early in his career, Ambassador Gasana served as First Counsellor in Rwanda’s Embassy in Germany from 1998 to 2000 and was promoted to Minister Counsellor in December 2000; having previously been Chargé d’Affaires in that country from 1994 to 1995. He held the same position in Berne, Switzerland, from 1995 to 1997.
His other previous diplomatic experiences include a posting as Permanent Representative to the United Nations in Geneva and other international organizations -- the World Trade Organization, World Intellectual Property Organization and the International Telecommunication Union -- from 2001 to 2002. As Chairman of the Group of African Ambassadors in Geneva, he led the African Group at the World Summit against racism in Durban (South Africa, September 2001). In October 2002, he was Chairman of the Board of ARTEL Telecommunications in Rwanda
From April 2004 to April 2009, Ambassador Gasana was appointed Ambassador to Germany with accreditation also to Austria, Bulgaria, the Russian Federation, Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic and Romania. In May 2005 he was appointed Alternate Governor ad hoc at the 40th Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank (ADB), during the election for that institution’s new President.
He was appointed the Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the UN since July 2009. From January 2011- January 2012, he was also Chairman of Peacebuilding Commission.
In November 2012, he was appointed Minister in Charge of Cooperation.
Ambassador Gasana holds a university degree in banking and business from the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne, Germany, where he completed his training at Commerzbank and a undertook Executive Master of Business Administration course at the European Business School in Maastricht, the Netherlands.
Eugène-Richard GASANA is fluent in English, German, French, Kinyarwanda and Swahili. He is married and has three children.