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Musimbi Kanyoro

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is President and CEO of Global Fund for Women and an activist for women and girls’ health and human rights.

Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro is globally recognized for her leadership of organizations and initiatives that advance health, development, human rights, and philanthropy for communities, specifically for women and girls. She is currently President and CEO of Global Fund for Women, one of the world’s leading publicly-supported foundations for gender equality. Global Fund for Women is a grant-maker and a global advocate for women’s human rights, which operates in six regions of the world and has invested in nearly 5,000 grass-roots organizations in 175 countries. Global Fund for Women’s model of social change philanthropy connects grantees, advocates, and donors to realize a better world for women and girls. A true global citizen, Dr. Kanyoro has worked and lived in Geneva, Nairobi, and in Boston, New York, Austin, and San Francisco. She has written and published extensively on matters affecting the lives of women and children. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya, a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin, and a doctorate in Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was a visiting scholar at Harvard University, and has received several recognition awards, including a leadership award from the Kenya Government and recognition as one of the 21 women leaders for the 21st century by Women’s E-News. In 2015, Forbes magazine named her one of 10 women “power brands” and in 2016, she was named to the Forty Women to Watch Over 40 list for making an impact in philanthropy and gender equality. Dr. Kanyoro currently serves on the CARE Board, the UN Women Civil Society Advisory Board, and the UN High Level Taskforce for Reproductive Health, the Aspen Leaders Council, and the World Bank Group’s Advisory Council on Gender and Development.

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