Dr. Diane Karusisi is Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Kigali, the largest commercial bank in Rwanda in terms of assets. Since she joined in 2016, Diane has steered the bank through a digital transformation journey with aspirations to increase customer satisfaction, improve profitability and drive retail and SME customer acquisition.

Diane has also driven the expansion of the BK Group business into General Insurance, Investment Banking and Technology to respond to growing needs of the market and diversify sources of income for the company. Under her leadership, BK Group became the first home grown company with a balance sheet valued at over USD 1 billion.

Prior to joining Bank of Kigali, Diane served as the Head of Strategy and Policy and Chief Economist at the Office of the President. 

Diane earned her bachelor’s degree in Econometrics and PhD in Economics from the University of Fribourg in Switzerland. Her research areas mainly concentrated on Risk Modeling and Measurement.

While in Switzerland, she worked as a Fixed Income Portfolio Engineer at Credit Suisse in Zurich and taught Statistics at the University of Fribourg, before moving back to Rwanda in 2009.

Diane also participated in the inaugural Senior Executive Program Africa by Harvard Business School in 2017.

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