Martin Kimani

Ambassador Martin Kimani is the Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations. 

Previously, he was the director of Kenya’s National Counter Terrorism Centre and the President’s Special Envoy for Countering Violent Extremism.

Also, he served as secretary for Strategic Initiatives in the Executive Office of the President from December 2018.

Prior to this role, he was Permanent Representative and Head of Mission to the United Nations in Nairobi and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

He was a director at the Intergovernmental Authority on Development’s (IGAD) Conflict Early Warning and Response Mechanism in Ethiopia. 

Kimani earned a phD and master’s degree in war studies at King’s College, University of London, in 2010 and 2003, respectively, as well as a bachelor’s degree at the University of New Hampshire in 1996.

He is also a Fellow of the African Leadership Initiative and the Aspen Global Leadership Program.

In October 2021, the Ambassador played a crucial role in securing Kenya’s presidency of the United Nations Security Council.