PROFILE

Mrs. Marie Chantal Uwitonze is the CEO of MACH Consulting, a Brussels based consulting firm specialized in EU-Africa and ACP-EU Relations and Development Cooperation. MACH Consulting offers, to the European institutions and companies, expertise on a wide range of Africa related issues. MACH Consulting provides development policy advice and technical assistance to African Governments. Mrs. Uwitonze is also the Founder of the African Diaspora Network in Europe, an umbrella organization of African Diaspora association in Europe which aims at mobilizing and engaging the Diaspora in the Development of Africa. ADNE was the first Diaspora organization to bring the Diaspora voice to the European Parliament and the first to be involved in the Civil Society Dialogue with the European Commission. ADNE, in partnership with the African Union’s Permanent Mission to the European Union, launched the celebration of the Global Diaspora Week at the European level. The work of Mrs. Uwitonze currently focuses on promoting access to decent work and entrepreneurship, innovative financing tools for the sustainable development agenda including diaspora remittances, domestic resources mobilization, the future of the ACP-EU relationship after 2020, Migration policy and Diaspora. Mrs. Uwitonze has more than 10 years of work experience with various leading International and European institutions. She worked in Europe as a Parliamentary Adviser at the European Parliament, a Deputy Assistant Secretary General at the Centre Européen de Recherches Internationales et Stratégiques (CERIS). She also worked in Africa with the United Nations Development Programme, the Pan African Youth Union (PYU) and the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Mrs. Marie Chantal Uwitonze holds a Master’s Degree in political sciences focusing on International Relations and an Advanced Master in Development, Environment and Society both obtained from the Catholic University of Louvain in Belgium. She also graduated in International Law and Diplomacy from the National School of Administration of Algiers. Mrs. Marie Chantal Uwitonze has published numerous articles, working papers, policy briefs, and memos focused on EU-Africa Partnership as well as African national-level policy development. She is regularly cited in prominent print and broadcast outlets, doing interviews on all aspects of Development cooperation policy and its broader ramifications.