Helene Bagirishya

Deputy Director, SUMM Ethiopia


With 12 years of accumulated international experience in the non-profit, public, entrepreneurial and business consulting sectors, Helene Bagirishya has recently taken on the new role of Deputy Director with CIRDI’s Supporting the Ministry of Mines Ethiopia project in Addis Ababa.

Helene started her professional journey with the SUMM project as an Organizational Development Advisor, eventually moving into the role of Senior Planning and Program Officer and Project Deputy Director. She has been actively involved in the project’s programmatic planning, goal setting, monitoring, implementation, outreach, knowledge management, performance analysis and reporting. She has also been involved in capacity building activities and mechanisms design and facilitation, as well as an active global team member showcasing CIRDI’s public reform and capacity building approach and methodology at regional and international events.

Throughout her career, Helene has been closely involved with community development projects in Canada and abroad with particular emphasis on capacity building, resource mobilization, local content application, project initiation and development and value chain development. Helene holds a Bachelor and Master’s degree in Sociology with a specialization in International Development from Université Laval, Québec, Canada and is fluent in more than 5 languages.