Our SHE-CAN Scholar:

Patricie Uwase

SHE-CAN Scholar: Patricie Uwase

Patricie Uwase graduated from UC Berkeley with a master’s degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, with a focus in Transportation Engineering. She was honored to give the Class of 2015 Commencement Address on behalf of Berkeley’s Masters and Doctoral Engineering graduates. Patricie was a dynamic engineer and leader before getting appointed as the Minister of State for the Ministry of Infrastructure in Rwanda in 2022.

​Previously, she served as the Permanent Secretary and, before that, the Technical Advisor to Rwanda’s Minister of Infrastructure. Her responsibilities include working on various projects of national importance such as the Kigali Convention Center and the new Bugesera International Airport. She has also served on the national organizing committees that organized transport logistics & operations for large-scale national events that took place in Rwanda such as the 2016 World Economic Forum on Africa and the 2016 & 2018 African Union Summits.

Patricie served as the Vice Chairperson of the Board of Directors of Rwanda’s national carrier —RwandAir and also on the boards of Ultimate Developers Ltd. (the largest real estate developer in Rwanda), Kepler University and on the City of Kigali Advisory Committee chaired by Professor Sir Paul Collier of Oxford University. In addition, Patricie sits on the selection committee for the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Carnegie Mellon University-Africa. She is also a valued alumna of the MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at UC Berkeley and Generation Rwanda.

Passionate about infrastructure development, Patricie is eager to keep contributing to building and planning sustainable infrastructures in Rwanda and beyond.


Academic Major

M.S.E. Civil and Environmental Engineering ​(Transportation Engineering)
Class of 2015

Mentor Team

Kristin Nicholson, Private Advisor, Managing Director, Rockefeller Global Family Office
Stephanie Moon, Senior Vice President, Baker Street Advisors