Who we are

APIE is run by a small team of staff supported by trustees, patrons and partners. In this way, overheads are kept to a minimum, meaning more funds go directly to supporting teachers, children and their families in Rwanda.
APIE team
Amy Barnecutt

CEO, Rwanda


Amy has been in Rwanda since 2013 having previously graduated from Cambridge University with a Degree in Education and worked in London as a Primary School teacher.  Prior to joining APIE in 2014, Amy worked on two projects based in Kigali and in rural Rwanda supporting teachers with their methodology as a VSO Volunteer and implementing a televised educational program with the Mediae Company.  At APIE, Amy leads on strategy and is responsible for all operations in Rwanda. She works closely with the APIE Rwanda team and liaises with partner organisations to optimise impact.

Beth Smith

UK Communications and Operations Manager, UK

Beth joined APIE in November 2021. Prior to this she worked remotely for an NGO which supported street-connected children in Uganda to return to school. Previously, she has also worked as a teacher in the UK and in Vietnam after obtaining her Postgraduate Certificate in Education. Beth has volunteered with a variety of NGO's which support refugees and asylum seekers in France and the UK. Whilst working for APIE Beth is completing a part-time Masters at The University of Manchester in Humanitarianism and Conflict Response.

Chandra Almony

Monitoring and Evaluation, Rwanda


Chandra’s taught English in rural Namibia before working for a family literacy program on the U.S.-Mexico border. She earned her Masters in Public Health from the University of Arizona and spent a decade coordinating research, training and programmes on drug addiction, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, field epidemiology and obstetric fistula in the USA, Senegal, Zambia, Ethiopia and Tanzania. More recently she has taught English in Niger and Tanzania. Chandra’s work with APIE includes reporting, monitoring, and evaluation of projects.  

Ségolène Numukobwa

IT and Data Officer, Rwanda

Ségolène studied Information Technology at Adventist University of Central Africa and completed a Masters in Computer Science on Ethernet Networks at Central South University in China. She has successfully published a research paper with IEEE - the world's largest technical professional organisation dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity. Since graduation, Ségolène has worked as a software developer at OpenTek Ltd. She joined APIE as IT and Data Officer in early 2021. 

Irene Connelly

Executive Director of Education, Rwanda

Irene has worked in education in England, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Zambia and Rwanda having previously graduated from the University of Chichester with a Masters in Education. Previously, Irene has worked in Higher Education and in educational development. Before joining A Partner in Education Irene was principal of a large, innovative boarding school in Uganda. She is passionate about finding the best ways to support children to thrive and excel in a holistic environment that is driven by values and community. At APIE, Irene works closely with the team at Umubano Academy on school improvement as well as on the implementation of APIE’s programmes designed to improve teaching and learning in Teacher Training Colleges and Model Schools throughout Rwanda.

Emilie Munyakazi

Translation & Admin Officer, Rwanda

Emilie has 5 years of experience in early childhood education at Umubano Academy where she was working as a Nursery Assistant. She has a degree in Finance and is passionate about children and supporting their development.

Edwin Sarkar

Education Project Manager, Rwanda


Edwin has significant experience in the university sector, where he has worked as a lecturer,  Head of Department, Director of Academic Quality Assurance and Dean of Faculty. In his native India, he graduated in Finance before gaining a Masters Degree in Human Resource Management. He holds a PhD in Business Administration and Education from the Adventist International Institute of  Advanced Studies in the Philippines. Passionate about education, Edwin has worked in nursery, secondary and primary schools in Rwanda, with a focus on integrating technology with teaching, learning and assessment. He is very happy to be working for APIE as our Education Project Manager. 

Danae Jerrim

Fundraiser (Consultant), UK


Danae joined APIE in 2019 and is based in Brighton. She has a MA in International Education and Development, a degree in Childhood and Youth; Theory and Practice and experience working in schools. Danae has visited Rwanda twice to carry out research on a creative arts teacher training programme at Umubano Academy. Danae specialises in grant writing and research for children and young people in the field of education.

Board of Trustees 
Sue Horner
Chair of Trustees


Sue is an education consultant who has steered the development of the primary and secondary national curriculum in England. The author of an influential assessment system for teachers, she has worked in many countries - including Rwanda - and is recognised as an international expert on reading and assessment. She has led national projects to promote reading, writing and drama for all children in schools, and in 2013 was awarded the MBE for services to literature.

Brooks Newmark

Founder & Trustee


A steadfast philanthropist and social leader, Brooks Newmark has dedicated his career to building strong and healthy communities and currently divides his time across a broad range of professional interests. In his home of Braintree, Essex, he serves as the president of the Braintree Community Foundation. Brooks also dedicates his time to his work at Oxford University, where he researches for the Department of Politics and International Relations. In addition, he also maintains a presence in the business sector by sitting on the board of directors for investment firms Telesis Management Ltd. and Apollo Alternative Investments MIP.  Brooks' passion, and generous commitment to contributing to a more equitable world, stems from his own experience of the power of a good education. He founded APIE in response to a desire to contribute to education in Rwanda, having spent almost a decade doing voluntary work in the country.

Lucy Newmark​



Lucy is a commissioned portrait painter and printmaker working in London. Her introduction to Rwanda came through her involvement with the Conservative social action group: Project Umubano, where she taught art to street children and young people with interrupted education at Centre Marembo in Kigali. She is married to APIE's co-founder Brooks Newmark, has brought up five children and believes strongly in the empowering benefits of a good education.

Marcus Starling
Deputy Chair of Trustees


Marcus is a civil servant with experience in policy development and organisational governance and oversight. He currently works in the Home Office, and was previously in the Department for Education. Marcus has a degree in Archaeology & Anthropology, following which he spent time teaching English in Japan and working at a charity. He has four children and is a governor and chair of the teaching and learning committee at St Giles Primary School. Marcus is keen to make a contribution to good governance, supporting partnerships and helping to deliver APIE's mission.

Ian Henn


Ian is a qualified barrister with extensive experience in commercial management in the aerospace and defence industry, with particular expertise in the drafting and negotiation of agreements. Recently retired, Ian now concentrates on voluntary advocacy work, grandparental duties and creative writing.

Sir Keith Ajegbo



Following a degree in English at Cambridge, Keith commenced his career in education. From 1986 – 2006 he was Head of Deptford Green School in South East London. He was awarded an OBE 1996 and was knighted in 2007 for services to education for his work improving standards of achievement and developing citizenship education. Most recently Keith has been working as an education consultant, with a particular emphasis on mentoring future Head Teachers.

Michael Mitchell
Michael joined the APIE Board in 2019.  He has been involved as a Trustee in a range of London focused charities for more than thirty years. These include two of the Victorian Cambridge college "missions" or settlements in South London.  He also served for 10 years on the Board of London South Bank University.  In between, he works using his accountancy expertise, to support a number of rapidly growing companies.

APIE event, London 2016. APIE UK staff, board of trustees and patrons with Head of Umubano Primary School.

The UK trustees and APIE team work closely with Umubano Primary School Board of Governors. See www.umubanoprimary.org for information about the Board and the Parents’ Association.

Jean Paul 



Jean Paul Samputu is a singer, songwriter and musician from Rwanda, and was the winner of the prestigious Kora Award for Best African Traditional Artist in 2003. He also travels the world as a peace activist and cultural ambassador for Rwanda. Jean Paul is a powerful voice for peace and reconciliation across the globe and is passionate about the role of education in creating a positive future for Rwanda where he lost his family in the genocide of 1994.

Roger Jean Nsengiyumva



Roger is an actor known for his roles in Africa United (2010) and Sixteen (2013). He has most recently appeared in Les Blancs at the National Theatre. Roger was born in Rwanda during the genocide and survived due to the extraordinary courage of his mother who managed to escape. Roger has lived all his life since in the UK. He offered to be patron of APIE in order to support the development of opportunity and education for young people in Rwanda today and in the future.

Dr Michael



Michael is Director of Studies at Harrow School in London and a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching. He graduated in History from King’s College London and completed his PGCE, MA and PhD at the UCL Institute of Education. Michael has published widely on genocide education, focusing on the Holocaust and the Genocide Against the Tutsi.  He has visited Rwanda on several occasions, including running school trips to the country.