Professor Silas Lwakabamba obtained his Bachelor of Science Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree also in Mechanical Engineering from University of Leeds, UK. After his PhD, he taught in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. He served as Director of Training and Extension Services at the UN-sponsored African Region Center for Engineering Design and Manufacturing in Ibadan, Nigeria. Prof Lwakabamba served in leadership roles at different universities such as Head of Department and Dean of the Faculty of Engineering at University of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania; Vice Chancellor (Rector) of the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology, Kigali, Rwanda; Vice Chancellor of National University of Rwanda; Vice Chancellor of University of Kibungo, Rwanda and Vice Chancellor of proposed UNICAF University Rwanda.
His performance earned him trust to be appointed Rwanda’s Minister of Infrastructure and later Rwanda’s Minister of Education. Professor Lwakabamba has been and Chair and Member of a number of National, Regional and International Boards and Committees such as the governing Board of the Inter University Council of East Africa, the Executive Board of UNESCO Board and many others. Prof Lwakabamba is currently Director of Creative Solutions Rwanda and a member of Varkey Foundation