An image of Gerardine Mukeshimana

“When your country calls, you answer.”

Gerardine Mukeshimana speaks from experience.

In 2014, after completing her doctoral degree at MSU, Mukeshimana had just settled into a position as a postdoctoral scientist in plant molecular biology in Nairobi, Kenya, when the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, asked her to serve as the country’s Minister of Agriculture and Animal Resources.

Without hesitation, she said yes and returned to Rwanda.

“I didn’t expect it at all,” says Mukeshimana. “But when I was appointed, I told myself this is an opportunity to serve my country and Rwandans and I’m happy about it.”

Although the opportunity was unexpected, Mukeshimana was not only willing but also more than able to help transform Rwanda’s agriculture industry, thanks in part to her Michigan State experience.