The Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (NBA) introduced on Wednesday 27 December 2023, that Clare Akamanzi would be the new CEO of NBA Africa. The completed enterprise govt and worldwide commerce and funding lawyer will begin in her new place on 23 January, 2024.
Akamanzi’s appointment takes basketball to new heights on the African continent as the sport has made strides over the previous few years. The Rwandan has a powerful CV, since 2017 she has served because the Govt Director and Chief Govt Officer of the Rwanda Improvement Board (RDB) which is tasked with accelerating financial development within the nation. Her expertise will come in useful as Akamanzi appears to take the game to new heights in Africa, and making certain its commercially viable.
She additionally performed an integral half in pioneering the ‘Go to Rwanda’ marketing campaign with worldwide sports activities groups together with Premier League aspect Arsenal and German soccer giants Bayern Munich, and the NBA. Akamanzi has additionally labored in Rwanda’s authorities, holding the nationwide place of Head of Technique and Coverage.
“Clare’s enterprise acumen, worldwide expertise and familiarity with basketball and the NBA make her the perfect govt to steer our enterprise in Africa,” stated NBA deputy commissioner and COO Mark Tatum.
“NBA Africa and the Basketball Africa League are well-positioned for continued development, and below Clare’s management we imagine these initiatives will rework economies, communities and lives throughout the continent,” he added.
Akamanzi says she is wanting ahead to becoming a member of the organisation and utilizing basketball as a instrument to positively impression numerous sectors.
“I’ve seen firsthand how sports activities can positively impression companies, households and communities in Africa, and the NBA and the BAL are an ideal instance of that,” stated Akamanzi. “The NBA has executed an unimaginable job rising basketball and the financial system round it throughout the continent, and I’m excited concerning the monumental alternatives forward to construct on that momentum.”
The mom of two can also be very completed with regards to tertiary training, as she holds a Grasp’s diploma in Public Administration from Harvard College within the USA, a Grasp of Legal guidelines in Commerce and Funding Regulation (Pretoria, South Africa), and a Bachelor of Regulation (Makerere, Uganda).
Her wealth of data and expertise solely bodes nicely for basketball on the continent and given her monitor document she is about to enhance the sport in some ways. Akamanzi will report back to NBA deputy commissioner Tatum when she takes over from Victor Williams, whose tenure as CEO of NBA Africa involves an finish on 31 December 2023.
Picture caption: The Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (NBA) introduced on Wednesday 27 December 2023 that Clare Akamanzi would be the new CEO of NBA Africa. The completed enterprise govt and worldwide commerce and funding lawyer will begin in her new place on 23 January 2024. Picture: NBA Africa on X