Emelyne Hakizimana is a lawyer by training and has done three months of internship at the East African Court of Justice. She benefited from a scholarship at Hope African University. She has been an activist for Human rights since she was in secondary school in 2008. She is an alumnus of the University of South Africa in Management of Democratic Elections in Africa.
Emelyne works closely with La Benevolencija, Youth Coalition in Action, among other organisations. She is a founding member of an Institute of Scientific Research for Development hosted by Hope Africa University where she is an associate researcher and administrative assistant since its inception in 2017. She has a publication titled “Le Chemin vers la paix” in the book “Dreaming of Peace and Cohesion in the Great Lakes Region”, which can be found at the Institute of Justice and Reconciliation (IJR). She worked in a research team doing a fieldwork and data collection on the project “Wounded Memories: Perception of past violence in Burundi and perspectives for reconciliation” by IJR in collaboration with the Institute of Scientific Research for Development since 2017.
Emelyne is working as a researcher on the project “Du passé Composé au Futur simple” with La Benevolencija and the Institute of Scientific Research for Development. She part of the Burundi Research Network and is the co-founder of Save Africa Youth campaign which assists youth to gain knowledge and acquire relevant skills for development.