Margaret Kamar

Prof Margaret Kamar

Prof Margaret Kamar is a Kenyan politician and scholar who is serving as the Senator for Uasin Gishu County and the Deputy Speaker of the Senate.

She is the first elected female Deputy Speaker in the history of the Kenyan Parliament.

Kamar was born in April 1959 in Keiyo, Kenya. She obtained a degree in agriculture in soil and water conservation. 

She later obtained a masters in soil science from McGill University in 1986 and a Ph.D. in soil and water conservation from the University of Toronto.

In 1988, she served as Soils Consultant at UNEP during the development of the desertification map. 

She became a professor in soil science at Moi University in 1999 and held various positions at the university.

From 1999 to 2006, she was a member of the East African Legislative Assembly and chaired the Environment, Natural Resources, Agriculture and Tourism committee. 

She also led the delegation to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) to South Africa in 2002.

Between 2008 and 2010, she was the delegation leader to the African, Caribbean and Pacific and European Union Joint Parliamentary Assembly (ACP-EU JPA). 

She also served as the Assistant Minister Environment and Mineral Resources from 2010 to 2011 and Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology from 2011 to 2013.

In 2013, she became the director at the International Centre for Research in Sustainable Development, a non-governmental organisation.

Kamar is one of the three widows of former powerful Cabinet Minister Nicholas Biwott.