Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Dr. Zachary D. Kaufman has been deeply involved in Rwanda since 2000 on both legal and social enterprise issues. From 2000 to 2002, he worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as it assisted the Rwandan Ministry of Justice in prosecuting suspected genocide perpetrators. In 2003, he worked at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. From 2001 to 2015, he served as the founder, president, and chairman of the Board of Directors of the American Friends of the Kigali Public Library, which worked with the Rotary Club of Kigali-Virunga, Rwanda (of which he is an honorary member) to build Rwanda’s first-ever public library, the Kigali Public Library (also known as Rwanda Library Services). He currently chairs the Board of Advisors and serves on the Board of Directors of Indego Africa, another social enterprise based in Rwanda.

In addition to his other writing, Dr. Kaufman is the author or editor of three books wholly or partly about Rwanda: United States Law and Policy on Transitional Justice: Principles, Politics, and Pragmatics (forthcoming, Oxford University Press); Social Entrepreneurship in the Age of Atrocities: Changing Our World (2012); and After Genocide: Transitional Justice, Post-Conflict Reconstruction, and Reconciliation in Rwanda and Beyond (2009).

Dr. Kaufman is currently a Fellow at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He also continues to be a Visiting Fellow at both Yale Law School and Yale University’s Genocide Studies Program. He received his Ph.D. in International Relations from Oxford University, where he was a Marshall Scholar; his J.D. from Yale Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Yale Law & Policy Review and co-founder and co-president of Yale Law Social Entrepreneurs; and his B.A. in Political Science from Yale University, where he was the student body president.