Marie-Laetitia Busokeye

Marie-Laetitia Busokeye is currently the Director of Research, Environmental Planning and Development with Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) where she has worked since 2009. In this role, she has supervised many studies related to biodiversity conservation (inventories of biodiversity, assessment and mapping of threatened terrestrial ecosystems, development of conservation plans) and also leads the process of preparation of the State of Environment Report and Outlook which is produced every two years and where issues of Environment, Poverty and Development are presented to provide evidence-based parameters for policy and law making in environmental management.

Marie-Laetitia is also the Focal Point for the Convention on Biological Diversity for Rwanda since 2009 and has led the process of preparing the 5th National Report to the Convention and the National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plan. She is also involved in the implementation of the World Bank’s WAVES programme in Rwanda and is part of the technical team working on natural capital accounting.

Previously, Marie-Laetitia has been entrusted with various government assignments including being the Personal Assistant to the Director General of REMA (2007-2008), the Personal Assistant to the Minister of State in charge of Agriculture in the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Environment and Rural Development (1997-1999) in Rwanda where her main role was to advise those high-ranking government officials on critical issues in their dockets.

She also worked as a consultant in the field of food security where she notably participated in the preparation of the first “Plan Stratégique de Transformation de l’Agriculture (PSTA I)” for the Ministry of Agriculture and Animal Husbandry in Rwanda. Marie-Laetitia was once a high school biology, chemistry and physics teacher.