Dr Musimbi Kanyoro

Independent Member

Kanyoro, Musimbi - photo

Musimbi retired in 2019 from the position of President and CEO of Global Fund for Women, and relocated to Nairobi, Kenya.  She currently devotes her time on Boards and on mentoring the next generation of women leaders, with special focus on African women. Musimbi is an accomplished leader with experience of managing large international organizations, global programs, and ecumenical agencies in cross-cultural contexts. She is a sought-after public speaker who inspires people, mobilizes action and resources. 

During her four decades of professional career, Musimbi had domicile in Nairobi, Geneva, New York and San Francisco and travelled to 137 countries covering all regions of the World.  One of her landmark adventures took place just before the Covid-19 pandemic closures, when she served as faculty on a six-week expedition to the Antarctica with 100 women experts in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Currently, Musimbi is Board Chair of United World Colleges (UWC) headquartered in London & Berlin and Women's Learning Partnership (WLP) which operates from Washington DC. She also serves on CARE International and UN Global Compact Boards.  

Musimbi is a published author and editor of books, articles, opinion pieces and inspirational speeches and has received numerous awards and recognitions in her country Kenya and internationally. She holds a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Texas in Austin and a Doctor of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was a visiting Scholar of Old Testament and Hebrew Studies at Harvard Divinity School.