The Fund’s principals contribute an extensive combination of experience with US capital markets, entrepreneurial skill, commitment to ethical business development and understanding of the local Rwandan business economy and culture.
Robert Fogler is the principal founder of Thousand Hills Venture Fund. He is a Managing Director of each of the THVF funds. Mr. Fogler is also an Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of International Studies at Denver University, where he teaches a course on Capital Markets in Africa that covers mortgage finance, microfinance, and private and public securities markets in Africa. Mr. Fogler is also a frequent speaker at international conferences and events on investment in Africa. Mr. Fogler holds degrees in Philosophy, Engineering and Law, all from the University of Michigan.
Antoine Bigirimana is a co-founder of Thousand Hills Venture Fund. He is a Managing Director of THVF I, and serves on the Advisory Board of THVF II. A Rwandan-American, Bigirimanais a central figure in Rwanda’s information and communication technologies (ICT) community. With his growing reputation as a consultant on ICT strategies in East Africa, Bigirimana has spoken at several conventions in Africa and the United States. As a prominent entrepreneur and businessman in the United States, Bigirimana founded and built a successful software company in the San Francisco Bay Area. Outside of work, Bigirimana spends the majority of his time in Rwanda as a philanthropist, supporting the Kigali Center for Entrepreneurs. He also serves as the Chairman of the non-profit E-ICT Training Center for IT workers.