State-sanctioned incitement to hate fueled the 1994 Rwandan genocide, where in just 100 days between 800,000 and 1,000,000 Tutsi and moderate Hutu were massacred with guns, machetes, and nail studded clubs. It is estimated that up to one million individuals participated in horrific genocidal acts of killing and looting. Referred to as the most efficient genocide in modern times owing to the speed and scale of the killing, and the “intimate genocide” due to the close nature of the killing, the Rwandan genocide involved many, was swift and was particularly brutal. We are honored and grateful to welcome Norbert Hagum on our show. Norbert Hagum survived the Rwandan genocide as a child and is one of the huge amount of children who became orphaned during this time. Currently, Norbert Haguma is the country manager for SPENN Rwanda, a mobile banking product powered by I&M Bank Rwanda with more than 300k users. SPENN was the first Fintech product in Rwanda to receive a license to operate financial services using Blockchain technology. An experienced entrepreneur and passionate Panafricanist, Norbert has led AfrOrient Group - Africa-China focused investment and trade advisory company - since 2009, and has helped many investment and trade projects worth millions of dollars in countries including Rwanda, DRC, Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, China and HongKong. He consequently founded, co-founded or invested in multiple tech startups, starting with Kiziga in education, Vingu cloud computing, and most recently EXTRA Technologies, a Rwandan Startup that is digitising 9000 Cooperatives in Rwanda. In 2017, Norbert co-founded AfricaGen, a Rwanda based PanAfrican non-profit organisation focused on the use of technology for development. AfricaGen is currently developing the African Digital Economy Index. He is also a board member of the Africa Tech and Creative Group (ATCG) a grassroots effort in the tech and creative industry to make AfCFTA work for Africans As a blockchain enthusiast and evangelist, Norbert is the Chairman of Rwanda Blockchain Association, led the Blockchain hub at Transform Africa Summit, has organised multiple blockchain hackathon, and occasionally teaches blockchain classes and seminars in Rwanda. He has been invited to speak about blockchain in many African countries such as Senegal, Sudan and Cote D’Ivoire. Norbert Studied Chinese and Computer Science in Beijing, China; and is fluent in Kinyarwanda, French, English, Chinese. He has received multiple awards and certificates, most recently the Alibaba Netpreneur Training certificate. Norbert was previously the President of the Rwandan Community in China, and Vice President of Rwanda Global Diaspora Network from 2014-2016. Taking a mental health screening is one of the quickest and easiest ways to determine whether you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health condition.
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