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#Women4theClimate: Meet Wanjira Mathai, a Kenyan environmentalist and activist

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#Women4theClimate: Meet Wanjira Mathai, a Kenyan environmentalist and activist

Hello readers. Welcome to #Women4theClimate on CleanbuildVoices!

It’s another Wednesday and we’re excited for you to meet our Woman Crush of the day. She is none other than the phenomenal Wanjira Mathai.

Wanjira Mathai is the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa at the World Resources Institute (WRI) where she is responsible for leading WRI’s growing portfolio of work on the continent across six global themes (Forests, Water, Food, Cities, Climate & Energy), and building on the great work currently underway in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Liberia, Cameroon, and Madagascar.

Her key areas of interest include just transitions, climate justice, food security, unlocking agriculture and forestry value chains, new climate economy, nature-based solutions, youth leadership, and social-emotional learning.

An inspirational leader with over 20 years of experience advocating for social and environmental change on both local and international platforms, Wanjira Mathai has also held strategic and advocacy roles raising the prominence and visibility of global issues such as climate change, youth leadership, and landscape restoration at Women Entrepreneurs in Renewables (wPOWER), the Wangari Maathai Foundation (WMF), and the Green Belt Movement (GBM) (an organization founded in 1977 by her mother, Wangari Maathai who was a 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate).

Wanjira Mathai formerly served as Co-chair of WRI’s Global Restoration Council and a Senior Advisor to the Global Restoration Initiative.

She is the current Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation and the former Chair of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya. She currently serves on the Board of the Wangari Maathai Institute, and the World Agroforestry Agency (ICRAF).

Wanjira Mathai is also an advisory council member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves and a member of the Earth Charter International Council.

She is one of a few Six Seconds EQ Practitioners in Kenya and was one of the 100 Most Influential Africans in 2018, 2020, and 2021. Wanjira has a master’s degree in Public Health and Business from Emory University, USA.

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