Wanjira Mathai is the Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation (WMF). The WMF’s mission is to advance the legacy of Prof. Wangari Maathai by nurturing a culture of purpose and integrity that inspires courageous leadership. The ultimate goal is to achieve social transformation at the personal, community and institutional levels, at such a scale that influences the face of leadership in Kenya. The WMF recognizes that because young people will play a profound role in shaping the nation’s future, nurturing of their core values – in particular courageous leadership, is necessary to remedy youth apathy, powerlessness and disillusionment. WMF seeks to engage and challenge young people to internalise core values and lead by becoming the change they want to see in their communities.
Wanjira also serves as Senior Advisor at the World Resources Institute and for the Partnerships for Women Entrepreneurs in Renewables (wPOWER), and sits on the boards of the Green Belt Movement. She is an advisory council member of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, co-chair of the Global Restoration Council, and a member of the Earth Charter International Council.