Director, wPOWER

Wanjira Mathai

Wanjira Mathai is the director of wPOWER and the project leader at the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI). Prior to this she directed International Affairs at the Green Belt Movement (GBM), where she managed International outreach and resource mobilization. For 6 years prior to joining GBM, Ms. Mathai worked as Sr. Program Officer at the Carter Presidential Center, Atlanta, Georgia (USA), monitoring and evaluating disease eradication programs. Since 2002, Ms. Mathai directed International Affairs at GBM, which was founded by her mother, the late Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai. Today Wanjira directs the new Partnership for Women’s Entrepreneurship in Renewables (wPower) Hub at the Wangari Maathai Institute. Wanjira is the Chair of the Green Belt Movement and sits on the Board of WMI. She is also a World Future Councilor, Advisory Council Member (Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves), member of the Global Restoration Council and is a member of the Earth Charter International Council. Wanjira is Kenyan and a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges (USA). She earned graduate degrees in Public Health and Business from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health and Goizueta School of Business (USA).