Wanjira Mathai

Chair, the Green Belt Movement & the Wangari Maathai Foundation; Director, Partnerships for Women Entrepreneurs in Renewables (wPOWER)

From 2002 to 2012, Wanjira Mathai was Director of International Affairs for the Green Belt Movement in Kenya, which was founded by her mother, the late Nobel Peace and Right Livelihood Award Laureate Wangari Maathai. She currently serves as the Project Leader for the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies (WMI,) where she is co-leading the development of an institute at the University of Nairobi, which will foster transformational leaders. She serves on the Board of Directors of both the Green Belt Movement and the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace & Environmental Studies.

Wanjira Mathai is a resonant voice of New Africa.  She grew up in Kenya and is a graduate of Hobart William Smith College and the graduate schools of Business and Public Health at Emory University. She has worked as Senior Programme Officer for International Health at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta focusing on issues of disease eradication.