Wanjira Mathai

Wanjira Mathai is a Kenyan environmentalist and activist.

She is the daughter of Nobel Laureate, the late Wangari Mathai.

Wanjira is renowned for advocating for change in  key environmental issues affecting the continent such as deforestation. 

Her role as the Managing Director at the World Resources Institute and chief Advisor at the Bezos Earth Fund, allows her to mobilise for funding to help mitigate the adverse effects of climate on vulnerable regions. 

She is also hailed as a leader of the Green Belt Movement - an organisation that her mother founded in 1977. 

The organisation seeks to invest in women entrepreneurs which it reckons will help the world;s quest to transition to renewable energy. The movement aims to restore 100 million hectares of land in Africa. 

For over two decades, she has been championing climate change on both local and international platforms. 

Due to her efforts, she was honoured as one of the 100 Most Influential Africans in 2018, 2020, 2021.

In 2023, she was also ranked by Time Magazine as one of the 100 Most influential persons globally.