Kanyoro, Musimbi

Legacy® Advisory Board, CEO of the Global Fund for Women, former Packard Foundation Director and Immediate-Past Secretary-General of the World YWCA

Musimbi Kanyoro

Musimbi Kanyoro is currently the President and CEO of the Global Fund for Women and has served on many social justice and international development boards.

A Kenyan social scientist, educator and activist, she is a former Director of  The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and immediate past Secretary General (CEO) of the World YWCA. Under her leadership, the World YWCA led social and economic change in 125 countries around the world, empowering 25 million women and girls. She was the first woman from the developing world in 150 years of the organization’s existence to hold the position of General-Secretary.

Dr Kanyoro currently elected as a Director of the Population Program at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation (Packard Foundation). She also provides volunteer leadership for a number of non-government organizations. She is the President of ISIS-Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange and a member of the Board of Directors of the African Population and Health Research Center (AFHRC).

Dr Kanyoro is an internationally recognized public speaker, writer and trainer on a variety of issues affecting the lives of women. She has outstanding accomplishments in the development of women’s and girls’ issues at national, regional and international levels. Her passion is to promote the leadership of young women. She has authored more than 100 published articles and nine books.

She received the 2006 Kenyan Presidential Award, the prestigious Wittenberg Award from the Luther Institute (2000) and a Human Rights Award from Church Women United (1999).