Pie-Pacifique Kabalira-Uwase was born in Rwanda. He and his family narrowly escaped the genocide in 1994. In 2001 he came to South Africa is a refugee and worked as a car guard until he enrolled at the then University of Natal and was awarded the Mandela Rhodes Scholarship.
Pie-Pacifique is the founder and director of PEM Afurika, a management consulting company, and an international keynote and motivational speaker. In 2022 he released his first book, Witnessing: From the Rwandan Tragedy to Healing in South Africa.