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Wanjira Mathai          

Vice President & Regional Director for Africa, World Resources Institute; Sustainability & Youth Leadership Activist

Wanjira Mathai is the Vice President and Regional Director for Africa at WRI. She 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.

An inspiring leader, Mathai has over 20 years of experience advocating for social and environmental change on both local and international platforms. Over the years, she has also served important strategic and advocacy roles raising the prominence and visibility of global issues such as climate change, youth leadership, sustainable energy, and landscape restoration, at Women Entrepreneurs in Renewables (wPOWER) and the Green Belt Movement the organization her mother (2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) founded in 1977.

Mathai currently serves on the Board of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and as an advisory council member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves. She is one of a few Six Seconds EQ Practitioners in Kenya and was one of the 100 Most Influential Africans in 2018. She has a master’s degree in Public Health and Business from Emory University.

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