Paul Kagame

President of Rwanda [2000-Present]

Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame, has been running the country since the end of the Genocide in 1994. From 1994 to 2000, he was the de facto leader and in 2000, he took on the role as the official Head of State. In the last 22 years of being in power, he has developed into an incredibly skilled and efficient communicator. He has mastered how to effectively communicate with his people [13] and the international community. He enamors Western donors and diplomats with his quintessentially “American” communication style; “he is blunt, direct and conveys an air of simplicity and sincerity”[4]. Stanford Professor David Bradford stated that compared to other top officials he has met, like the President of Turkey, Kagame appears to be more genuine [11]. Kagame’s demeanor radiates the sense that he is at once firm, serious, thoughtful, calm, assured, charismatic, and authentic. What’s more, he is in an imposing person because he comes across as not imposing at all.