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“The world seems to be defined by three words these days: Uncertainty, Inequity and Urgency,” Wanjira Mathai writes. ”But however we choose to shape this narrative, we must start with the idea that people, resilience and shared prosperity must be at the heart of how we build forward better from the disruptions we’ve faced. This really is a once-in-a-century reset that calls for new forms of global citizenship and solidarity.”
Wanjira 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, Wanjira has over 20 years of experience advocating for social and environmental change on both local and international platforms. Over the years, Wanjira 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), the Wangari Maathai Foundation (WMF), and the Green Belt Movement (GBM), the organization her mother, Wangari Maathai (2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate) founded in 1977.
Wanjira currently serves on the Board of the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) and as a leadership council member of the Clean Cooking Alliance. Wanjira is one of a few Six Seconds EQ practitioners in Kenya and was named one of the 100 Most Influential African Women in 2018 and 2020.