Claude M.

Summary

After more than 20 years of running larger change programs in various industries, and after 9 years of operating companies in Rwanda in the nutrition and renewable energy sectors I am eager to leverage my experience and create value for organizations in or focused on (East) Africa in the role of Board member, executive coach, Sr Program Manager or part-time Executive. Working in a high-impact sector such as agriculture, agro-processing, nutrition, health services, energy or (micro)finance would definitely have my preference.

Experience

Co-founder and Chairman of the Board
BioMassters Ltd
Rwanda
April-2020 - Present

Co-founder and Chairman of the Board
Started a company in clean cooking in Rwanda with former colleagues of Inyenyeri to eliminate household air pollution and reverse the deforestation trend, taking into account lessons learned across the sector.

CEO
Inyenyeri
Rwanda
January-2016 - March-2020

Inyenyeri developed a proof of concept for a biomass fuel utility which provided clean renewable and affordable cooking solution to the population, replacing fire wood and charcoal. An innovative business model, in combination with the best gasifying cookstoves using wood pellets as fuel was introduced to the Rwanda market with proven impact on the environment and health of the customers. As CEO, till April 1st 2020, I worked with a bright team to professionalize the service offering and underlying processes and systems, and dealt with financial partners and potential business partners to try to establish a stable basis for scaling.

Country Director
Clinton Development Initiative
Rwanda
September-2015 - December-2015

The Clinton Development Initiative in Rwanda had as its mission to increase the standard of living of farmers and the food security of the population. My role was to manage the overall program consisting of the development of a commercial farm and the broad-scale improvement of practices and methods applied by the farming community, starting in the Eastern Province of Rwanda. Much emphasis on Monitoring & Evaluation of progress and impact.

Managing Director
Minimex Ltd
Rwanda
January-2012 - May-2015

Minimex is a maize milling company producing high quality maize flour for human consumption and other maize products as raw material for the food & beverage industries. The company is playing a key role in the food value chain in Rwanda, a country with a strong agricultural history. I had the opportunity to significantly increase the capacity utilisation and profitabilty of the company.

Vice President Consulting
Capgemini
Netherlands
January-1992 - December-2011

Capgemini Consulting is the global management consulting entity of Capgemini. It is one of the leading consulting firms in the world, covering a broad spectrum of functional areas and industries. The Business Transformation practice deals with the design and execution of larger change programs. It is in this area that I operated as Vice President, consistently and successfully selling and delivering impactful programs, more in particular in the Financial Services Sector (retail, private banking, payment services). Typical programs covered one or several of these functional areas: strategy development, business and operating models, organization design and IT. I led analytically oriented business case projects as well as change oriented implementation programs, consistently meeting expectations. Clients were established companies as well as start-ups. Typical themes were revenue enhancement, cost reduction and merger & acquisition.

Management Consultant
Diebold
Netherlands
January-1988 - December-1991

Management Consultant to the information technology industry and to large organisations as users of IT.

Sales Finance Manager
Hewlett-Packard
Netherlands
September-1985 - December-1987

Sales Finance manager, responsible for development of the sales finance activities in the region (Scandinavia and Benelux).
Marketing Services manager, responsible for the marketing planning in the region.
Financial Analyst in the Controller’s department.

Applications Consultant
Tymshare
Netherlands
September-1980 - August-1983

Applications Consultant, developing and implementing a variety of management information systems for multinational firms.

Education

MBA
Graduate School of Management UCLA
United States
September-1983 - May-1985

Major in Finance and IT

Econometrics (Master)
Easrmus University Rotterdam
Netherlands
September-1973 - September-1980

Thesis: ”An econometric model of the demand for energy”