The Journey Back Home: A Chat With ARED Group Founder Henri Nyakarundi


There’s no place like home. Just ask Henri Nyakarundi, a native Rwandan who moved to the US in 1996 to study computer science. After graduation he soon realized that a traditional 9-5 was not going to be his pathway, but rather entrepreneurship was calling his name. 

Since that realization, Henri has Founded and developed successful trucking and construction businesses in both the US and Burundi, along with Founding ARED Group, a a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) that operates at the intersection of deep tech technology and renewable energy to revolutionizing the way people from semi-urban, rural and refugee camps of Africa access digital content and undertake transactions to pay for services digitally.

As a mentor, author, speaker, and strategist on social entrepreneurship, Henri has become one of the global experts on identifying key solutions for the African continent. We chatted with Henri about a few costly mistakes throughout his career, trusting his instincts, and why mom always knows best.

What’s the best lesson you have learned as a Founder?

What are some of the biggest challenges you have experienced as a Founder?

What are the non-financial assets in your life that you credit to your success as a Founder?

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