Emmanuel Niyonkuru is Minister of Water, Environment, Spatial Planning and Urban Development of Burundi, and was elected Senator of the electoral district of Muramvya for the 2015-2020 term. He is Chairman of the Conference of Ministers of NELCOM (Equatorial lakes countries of the Nile basin) and Chairman of the Conference of Ministers of COMIFAC (Commission of Forestry in Central Africa, ECCAS countries). Previously, he held various position at the Bank of the Republic of Burundi (BRB), as Deputy Director, among others. Mr. Niyonkuru was an active member of the high-level team that negotiated the Protocol establishing the Monetary Union of the East African Community (EAMU). Prio to his appointment as Minister, Mr. Niyonkuru was a member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of the Republic of Burundi and member of the National Committee for the development and implementation of the Development Plan Financial Market in Burundi. He studied Political Economy at the University of Burundi.