360-degree deep dive into Rwanda's green economy, sustainable development and entrepreneurship ecosystems

July 26 - August 3, 2019

At a Glance

360° Deep Dive | Sustainability

A hidden gem tucked away in the heart of Africa, Rwanda is known for its spectacular natural beauty and wildlife preservation. In recent years, the country has also become synonymous with fast growth, good governance, technological innovation and sustainability. From 2001 to 2014, Rwanda’s average annual GDP grew at an average annual rate of 8%, while international leaders hailed Rwanda’s rapid development as Africa’s “economic miracle.” More recently, the Rwandan government has developed an innovative green energy development plan, proposing ambitious development goals around energy diversification, a green economy and civic participation.

The project will lead you to the Rwandan capital of Kigali, the Virunga Mountains and Lake Kivu to gain insight into the country’s green development, technological innovation, agricultural practices and ecotourism. Through workshops, roundtable discussions with local governments and international organizations, and field visits to innovative companies, we will jointly explore the past and future of this African country, while diving into the secrets of sustainable development in emerging countries.

When: July 26 – Aug 3, 2019

Where: Rwanda – Kigali, Musanze and Kirongi

Theme: Rwanda’s sustainable economic, technological and ecological development

Program Partners: Kente & Silk, Akilah Institute

Program and accommodation fees: USD $2,000; RMB ¥13,400

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Priority application deadline: March 15
Rolling application deadline: May 27
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Why Join?

  • What you do

  • & what you gain

  • Advanced course

    Learn directly from cross sector leaders in sustainability. Gain insight into how to balance economic development with environmental protection and social inclusion.

  • Exceptional global community

    Join our global community of young leaders while connecting with mentors and experts.

  • Site visits and immersion

    Field visits to Rwanda's most innovative companies in agriculture, energy, and green tech.

  • Create change

    Work with local entrepreneurs, coffee growers and green technology, ecotourism and sustainable supply chain investors to design strategies for scale.

  • Deep Dialogue

    Meet with government officials, entrepreneurs, innovators and other stakeholders within the civil society to discuss insights, opportunities and challenges in sustainable development.

  • Social impact certificate

    Earn a certificate recognizing your training in sustainability and development.

Inside the Program

  • Master the basics

    Pre-program online learning

    Drawing on Columbia University's sustainable development curriculum, master essential concepts and study cutting-edge trends in this field to lay a professional foundation.

  • Deep dive

    Rwanda, July 26 - Aug 3

    Dialogue with experts, investors and entrepreneurs to explore different aspects of Rwanda's sustainability ecosystem, such as the world's only drone delivery system Zipline, solar power company Meshpower, the Rwanda Development Board, and agricultural investment company One Acre Fund.

  • Stay involved

    Post-program project or research

    Following the Rwanda project, participants have the opportunity to do research or create collaborative projects in the field of sustainable development to apply their learnings and make real-world impact.

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PIM is an exceptional community of young leaders from around the world. Admission to our programs is competitive. We seek leaders with open visions from different backgrounds to work together to make a positive impact on the world through business, research, entrepreneurship and more. Participants in previous projects include:

  • Young leaders in the fields of philanthropy, environmental protection, education and international development
  • Professionals in the fields of finance, consulting, technology, law, and public policy
  • College students who are passionate about social innovation and environmental impact

Excellent applicants should meet the following conditions:

  • Passionate and curious about the world
  • Open-minded, empathetic approach, willing to communicate with people from different cultures and backgrounds
  • Clarity of purpose, track record of creating, spreading and leading solutions to pressing social challenges, be it through entrepreneurship, policy, student clubs, volunteer work, or others
  • Strong ability to self-reflect and drive to improve
  • High proficiency in English with the ability to engage in complex discussions (program is entirely English-based)


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How to Apply

Priority Deadline: March 15th | Final Deadline: May 27th