Kigali Office

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David John Frenkil
Founder and Managing Director

David John Frenkil founded Centennial in 2014.  

As an Infrastructure Project Finance Attorney in Los Angeles at law firms in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, including Chadbourne & Parke (now, Norton Rose Fulbright), he represented investors and developers of utility-scale power plants, as well as distributed solar portfolios for commercial and industrial-scale ("C&I") projects.  His C&I experience includes drafting and negotiating project documentation and investment agreements for over 50 transactions representing $700 million in investment value and more than 230 MW in 17 jurisdictions.

He holds a Juris Doctor from the George Washington University Law School and B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from the George Washington University.  

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Erica Mbanda
Director of Operations

Erica Mbanda manages Centennial’s business development activities in Rwanda and throughout the region.  She brings extensive experience to Centennial in project and relationship management, procurement and acquisition of businesses.  

Prior to joining Centennial, Ms. Mbanda worked as the Executive Assistant of Special Projects to the CEO of a major holding company in Rwanda with a portfolio of leading cross-sectoral businesses.  In this role, her focus was within the construction and hospitality sectors.  

Ms. Mbanda holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology/Sociology and a Master’s in Counseling from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.  

Jean Pierre Murenzi
Sales Engineer

Jean Pierre Murenzi brings technical expertise to Centennial's sales team.  Trained in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University, Mr. Murenzi offers a thorough knowledge of energy markets in East Africa, and experience in finding solutions to the region's electricity challenges.  

Prior to joining Centennial, Mr. Murenzi worked with leading solar companies focused on rural electrification in Tanzania and Rwanda.  His work has been published by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).  

He holds a Master's of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cum Laude, from Carnegie Mellon University and a B.A., Cum Laude, from Southwestern University in Texas.  

 
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Ildephonse Timothy Niringiyimana
Project Manager

Ildephonse Timothy Niringiyimana manages Centennial's project construction, asset management, and customer site visits.  

His prior experience includes hospitality, construction and logistics throughout Sub-Saharan Africa.  

Mr. Niringiyimana has worked with Centennial since the company first entered the market in Rwanda.  He has studied in the Rwanda and Uganda.

 

Jean Marcel Ngabo
Project Manager

Jean Marcel Ngabo is an environmental designer, who specializes in structural and landscape design.

Prior to joining Centennial, Mr. Ngabo worked with a leading construction firm in Rwanda, where he was involved in the design and project management of major international hotels and other commercial buildings.  He also served as lead Project Manager for the construction of the new cafe donated by Centennial to the Kigali Genocide Memorial in March 2016.

He earned his Bachelor's degree in creative design from the University of Rwanda.

Rosine Mukabalisa
Administrative Assistant

Rosine Mukabalisa is an Administrative Assistant with Centennial. She is currently studying for level F5 of the Association of Chartered  Certified Accountants (ACCA).  

Her previous experience includes working at the Statistics Departments of Kicukiro District and Nyarugenge District, and freelance translation from Kinyarwanda to English.  

She received a Bachelor of Commerce from Bharathiar University in Coimbatore, India.