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Brenda Kariuki

Assistant Director, Advocacy & Communications

 

Brenda is a seasoned policy, advocacy and communications specialist, with over 20 years’ experience working in the development, public and private sector in East Africa.

She holds a master’s degree (MSc) in Health Policy, Health Economics and Management from the London School of Economics; a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Policy and Management from the University of York and a Bachelor of Arts (First Class Honours) from the University of Nairobi.

Brenda is passionate about issues affecting children and women, especially in Africa. She has led and managed regional and national advocacy initiatives aimed at generating public debate, influencing policy change and holding governments accountable for children and women.

Brenda previously worked at World Vision International East Africa regional Office where she was the regional director for advocacy and external engagement. Some of the organisations she has worked with to champion the rights of women and children include Save the Children International, UNICEF, Oxfam GB, CIFF, the British Council, and the UN.

Brenda has worked on diverse thematic areas and campaigns, including HIV/AIDS, education, health, nutrition, child protection and human rights. She also volunteers for a number of charitable organisations as an advisor, mentor and non-executive board member.

Brenda enjoys the outdoors and spends her free time taking walks with her family. She is also an avid reader and enjoys landscaping, knitting/crocheting, travelling with her family; as well as singing in the choir at her parish.