4 February, 2014. NAIROBI, KENYA —African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) announced the appointment of Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg as the program’s new director.
AWARD is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and leadership skills, through tailored fellowships.
To date, 325 scientists have benefited from the successful program and are better equipped and empowered to develop agricultural innovations contributing to the prosperity and well-being of African smallholder farmers.
Prior to joining AWARD, Kamau-Rutenberg served as Founder and Executive Directorof Akili Dada, an award-winning leadership incubator that invests in high-achieving young Kenyan women from under-resourced families, who are passionate about driving change in their communities.
2014 AWARD Fellowship laureates attending the Mentoring Orientation Workshop in Nairobi, Kenya: (left to right): Beatrice Sadina (Uganda), Esperança Tiago Michaque (Mozambique), Prisila Andrea Mkenda (Tanzania), and Jummai Othniel Yila (Nigeria) are among the 70 winners of an AWARD Fellowship this year. These women were selected from among 790 applicants to participate in the prestigious two-year career-development program for top women agricultural scientists from 11 sub-Saharan African countries.