Wanjira Maathai is daughter of the late Wangari Maathai. She is the Project leader for the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI). She is the outgoing Director of International Affairs at the Green Belt Movement (GBM), where she managed outreach and resource mobilization. For six years prior to joining GBM, Ms. Mathai worked as a Senior Program Officer at the Carter Presidential Center in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), monitoring and evaluating disease eradication programs.
Since 2002, Ms. Mathai has been directing International Affairs at GBM, which was founded by her mother, the late Nobel Peace Laureate Wangari Maathai. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of both the Green Belt Movement and WMI. Wanjira Mathai grew up in Kenya and attended college in the United States. She is a graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges and earned graduate degrees from Emory University’s Rollins School of Public Health.