Profiles of baby gorilla namers in Rwanda

Friday September 6 2019


American RnB singer Ne-Yo poses for a photo during Kwita Izina (naming ceremony) at the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda, on September 6, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY | KWITA IZINA 


Following is a list of confirmed baby mountain gorilla namers and profiles.

Jeremy Jauncey

"Jeremy is a serial technology & media entrepreneur and passionate advocate for sustainable tourism. He is the Founder & CEO of Beautiful Destinations. Voted by FAST COMPANY as one of the most innovative companies in the world, the award-winning nation branding agency has built social media's largest tourism community with over 20 million people following on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube and Weibo.

He is also a passionate advocate for conservation giving keynote speeches & advising the United Nations World Tourism Organization and as an ambassador for the World Wildlife Foundation."

Ms Madeleine Nyiratuza
Programme Specialist, Sustainable Growth Unit, UNDP Rwanda. She is also responsible for the conservation and restoration of the Gishwati Forest Reserve which led to the creation of Gishwati Mukura National Park.

Amb Ron Adam


He is the Ambassador of the State of Israel in Rwanda. He serves as a career diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 1990 in different capacities, such as the Economic Adviser at the Israeli Mission to the UN in NY and Deputy Ambassador to the UN in Geneva as well as director of the OECD department in the Foreign Ministry. In April 2019 he became the first Ambassador of the Jewish State to reside in Kigali.

Ms Amina Mohammed

Ms Amina Jane Mohammed is the current Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations. She was formerly the Federal Minister of the Environment of Nigeria.

Niklas Adalberth

Niklas co-founded unicorn payment start-up Klarna in 2005. 10 years later he left his operational role as deputy CEO and founded the Norrsken Foundation - a tech-for-good ecosystem for social impact entrepreneurs daring to tackle societies biggest challenges. Norrsken currently houses 125+ companies in Europe´s largest impact hub.

Ngabo Medard Jobert (Meddy)

Ngabo Médard Jobert, better known as Meddy, is a Rwandan RnB and Pop artist.

Otara Gunewardene

She is a Sri Lankan Businessperson and Philanthropist. Throughout her career and via her respected voice of leadership, she continues to challenge the boundaries of complacency, forging new ground for women, entrepreneurship and animal welfare in Sri Lanka.

Louis van Gaal
Aloysius Paulus Maria van Gaal OON is a Dutch former football manager and player. At club level, he served as manager of Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar, Bayern Munich and Manchester United, as well as having two spells in charge of the Netherlands national team.

Sherrie Silver

Sherrie Silver is an Actress who featured in Africa United movie which was part filmed in Rwanda, She is also a choreographer and has performed for HE President Kagame, and is well known for choreographing Childish Gambino’s This Is America, which she won an MTV VMA Award for Best Choreography.

Ronan Donovan

A biologist turned photographer and filmmaker, Ronan Donovan’s camera has taken him to all seven continents in search of elusive wildlife and stories about our natural world.

HRH Princess Basma Bint Ali

Princess Basma bint Ali is an advocate of biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture in Jordan; she is the founder of many non-government environmental organizations like the Royal Botanic Garden of Jordan (RBG) and the Royal Marine Conservation Society of Jordan (JREDS). She serves as a member in many national and international committees and a board member of the BGCI.

Emmanuel Niringiyimana

Young Rwandan and good Samaritan who built a road on his own to facilitate movements of people and goods in his village within the Karongi District.

Dame Louise Martin, DBE

She is President of the Commonwealth Games Federation, which oversees one of the world’s biggest sporting events—the Commonwealth Games and Commonwealth Youth Games.

Paul Milton

Paul Milton is the founder of Milton Group who developed the Singita Kwitonda Lodge on behalf of investors Mr Paul Tudor Jones and Mr Anders Povlsen. Paul is a conservationist and has been working in Rwanda for the past 5 years.

Luke Bailes

The Founder and Executive Chairman of Singita, Luke Bailes, has been a pioneer in tourism conservation on the continent for decades.

Naomi Campbell

Naomi Elaine Campbell is an English model, actress, and businesswoman.

Joseph Areruya

Joseph has won the highest number of titles in Rwanda. In 2018 he won La Tropicale Amissa Bongo with the National Team of Rwanda.

In 2018 he also won the first edition of Tour de L’Espoir in Cameroon. The first only African race of Under 23. He was voted the best African rider of the year 2018.

Marco Lambertini

Marco Lambertini has held a deep fascination and love for all forms of life since he was child. Beginning when he volunteered for WWF in his native Italy when he was 12 years old, he returned to WWF International five years ago, as the Director General.

HE Hailemariam Desalegn

Former Prime Minister of Ethiopia.

Anthony Nzuki

Awarded Ranger Post Leader of Akagera National Park.

Dr Kiboro Wilfred
Nation Media Group Chairman. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Civil Engineering) from the University of Nairobi.

He retired from NMG as the Group Chief Executive Officer on 31st October 2006 after working for the Company for thirteen years.

Jean Neposcene Musekura

Musekura represents his peers with whom he has served as a ranger in the Volcanoes National Park and is among the three Rwandan rangers who have won the African ranger awards this year.

HE Karén Chalyan

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Rwanda.

Tony Adams

Tony Alexander Adams MBE is an English football manager. As a player, Adams played for Arsenal and England, captaining both teams. Adams spent his entire playing career of 22 years as a centre back at Arsenal.


Shaffer Chimere Smith, better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and dancer.