Amb. Eugene-Richard Gasana
His Excellency Eugene-Richard Gasana served as the Permanent Representative of the Rwandan Mission to the United Nations from July 2009 through July 2016; simultaneously he served as Minister of State in Charge of Cooperation. Gasana completed two terms as President of the UN Security Council and previously served as the Rwandan Ambassador to Germany with accreditation to Austria, Bulgaria, the Russian Federation, Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Romania. In May 2005 he was appointed Alternate Governor ad hoc at the Fortieth Annual Meeting of the African Development Bank. Prior to this, Gasana was Chairman of the Board of ARTEL Telecommunications in Rwanda from October 2002.
Gasana’s previous diplomatic experience includes 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.
He 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.
Prior to his recruitment as a diplomat, Gasana was a banker and consultant in Germany where he studied banking and business at the University of Applied Sciences in Cologne and completed his training at Commerzbank before undertaking an Executive Master of Business Administration course at the European Business School in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Gasana is fluent in French, English and German. He was born in Bujumbura, Burundi.