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Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg Director, African Women in Agricultural Research and Development

Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is the Director of African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), which works toward inclusive, agriculture-driven prosperity for Africa by strengthening the production and dissemination of more gender-responsive agricultural research and innovation. She is a 2018 Tutu Fellow, has been honored as a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama, named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by New African magazine, recognised as a Ford Foundation Champion of Democracy, awarded a United Nations Intercultural Innovation Award, and named one of Kenya’s Top 40 Women Under Age 40.

Dr. Kamau-Rutenberg holds a PhD and Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelors in Politics and a Doctorate of Humane Letters (Honoris Causa) from Whitman College. In addition to her work at AWARD, she serves on the Selection Committee of the Africa Food Prize and is a member of the Malabo-Montpellier Panel, a high-level panel of independent experts supporting African governments and civil society to identify and implement policies that enhance agriculture and food security. She also sits on the Board of Twaweza, East Africa’s largest public and policy engagement platform.