Dr. Aisa Kirabo Kacyira of the Republic of Rwanda is the Deputy Executive Director and Assistant Secretary-General for UN-HABITAT. In this role, she has been providing critical leadership to promote sustainable cities and human settlements globally engaging widely with governmental and non-governmental actors.
Before joining UN-Habitat at the end of 2011, Dr. Kirabo was the Governor of Eastern Province, the largest province in Rwanda with a population of 2.5 million.
Previously, she was Mayor of Kigali (2006 – 2011), one of the fastest urbanizing cities in the world. Under Dr. Kirabo’s leadership, Kigali won the UN-HABITAT Scroll of Honour Award in 2008 in recognition of high level of cleanliness, greenness, safety and the sustainable, affordable housing initiatives combined with pro-poor urban employment opportunities.
Prior to her position as Mayor, Dr. Kirabo was an Elected Member of Parliament and member of the Parliamentary Standing Committee in charge of land use and management, settlement and environment. In this capacity, she actively participated in a range of legislative and over-sight functions in Parliament in addition to community mobilization on issues of critical importance to sustainable development.
Dr. Kirabo was educated at James Cook University, Australia where she gained her Masters in Veterinary Science in Animal Production and Economics and at Makerere University, Uganda where she gained her Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine. She is currently pursuing an MBA with the School of Finance and Banking, Rwanda/Maastricht School of Management, Netherlands. She is married and has four children.