Diane Karusisi is a Rwandese statistician, economist, bank executive and academic. She is the managing director and CEO of Bank of Kigali, the largest commercial bank in Rwanda, by assets. Immediately prior to her present position, she served as the chief economist and head of strategy and policy at the Office of the President of Rwanda.
Background and education
She studied at Fribourg University in Switzerland, graduating with a Masters in Econometrics and a PhD in Quantitative Economics. Her doctoral thesis, published in 2009, is entitled “Dependency in credit portfolios: Modeling with Copula Functions”.
Diane Karusisi has “extensive experience in managing private and public sector institutions”. From 2000 until 2006, she served as assistant professor of economic statistics at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. From 2007 until 2009, she worked at Credit Suisse Asset Management in Zurich, as fixed income portfolio engineer. In August 2009, she returned to Rwanda and was appointed as senior advisor to the director general of National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR), in Kigali. In September 2010, she became the director general of NISR. In that capacity, she oversaw the design and implementation of major surveys. In February 2016, Karusisi was appointed managing director and CEO of Bank of Kigali. She replaced James Gatera, who resigned after nearly nine years at the helm of Rwanda’s largest commercial bank by assets.
Karusisi also serves as the deputy chairperson of the board of governors for University of Rwanda. She also sits on the board of Rwanda Development Board.