Musimbi Kanyoro is the president and CEO of the Global Fund for Women and a passionate advocate for women and girls’ health and human rights, and social change philanthropy. She is an accomplished leader with three decades of experience managing international nongovernmental organizations, global programs and ecumenical agencies in cross-cultural contexts. She is a strategic leader who inspires people, mobilizes action and resources. She is the author of dozens of articles, hundreds of speeches and opinion pieces and has written and co-edited seven books.
Kanyoro also serves on several international boards and working groups including the Aspen Leaders Council, the UN High Level Taskforce for Reproductive Health and the boards of CARE, IntraHealth and CHANGE.
Kanyoro has a PhD in Linguistics from the University of Texas, Austin and Doctorate in Feminist Theology from San Francisco Theological Seminary. She was a visiting scholar of Hebrew and the Old Testament at Harvard University. She has received three honorary doctorates and several recognition awards, including a leadership award from the Kenyan Government. Most recently, Kanyoro was named as one of the “21 Women Leaders for the 21st Century” by Women’s eNews.