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.

Hannah Messer

UK Operations Manager (UK)

Hannah joined APIE in March 2019. She has worked in project management, communications, and business management for community, voluntary and public sector organisations. She managed a service for asylum seekers and refugees in Brighton before spending several years supporting the delivery of public health and clinical engagement projects  for the NHS. More recently, she has worked on freelance projects focused on the arts and current affairs. She has three children and is a School Governor and volunteer for her local infant school. 

Dany Kwizera 

ICT & Data Officer, Rwanda

Dany is an IT Specialist with a broad range of skills and many years of experience working on various IT projects with companies both locally and abroad. He obtained his Diploma in ICT from the Integrated Polytechnic Regional Center and was a member of Andela Learning Community, Africa's foremost ICT community of talented developers, where he completed his professional software development certifications. He is also a successful techpreneur since 2016, growing a young tech start-up into a well known and respected company serving the local community and collaborating with international partners.

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.

Isabelle Power 

 Education Support Specialist

Isabelle joins the APIE team after 8 years of teaching internationally. Isabelle grew up in East Africa and then completed her higher education at the University of York, UK and her MSc at Oxford University. She was previously Head of Charities and Communities Services at Harrow International School Hong Kong and Head of Outreach at Colfes School, London. She has been involved in leading teaching and learning groups, encouraging teachers within, and across schools to share best classroom practises. She is delighted to be joining the APIE team in Kigali, supporting with school level capacity development of teachers and administrators at Umubano Academy.

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 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. 


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