Wangari Maathai

Curriculum Vitae

Wangari Muta Maathai, PhD, EBS
Date of birth: April 1, 1940
Nationality: Kenyan
Family: Three children (Waweru, Wanjira and Muta)
PhD, Anatomy, University of Nairobi (1971)
MS, Biological Sciences, University of Pittsburgh (1966)
BS, Biology, Mount St. Scholastica College, USA (1964)
Personal Achievements
Director, Kenya Red Cross (1973–1980)
Founder and Coordinator, The Green Belt Movement (1977–2002)
Founding member, GROOTS International (1985)
Member of Parliament, Tetu Constituency, Republic of Kenya (2002–Present)
Assistant Minister, Environment, Natural Resources & Wildlife, Republic of Kenya (2003–Present)
Academic Appointments
Chair, Department of Veterinary Anatomy, University of Nairobi (1976)
Assoc. Professor, Department of Veterinary Anatomy, University of Nairobi (1977)
Endowed Chair in Gender & Women’s Studies named “Fuller-Maathai”, Connecticut College (2000)
Montgomery Fellow, Dartmouth College, USA (2001)
Dorothy McCluskey Visiting Fellow for Conservation, Yale University, USA (2002)
Professional Affiliations
Member, United Nations Advisory Board on Disarmament, USA
Member, UN Commission on Global Governance, USA
Member, Advisory Board, Democracy Coalition Project, USA
Member, Earth Charter Commission, USA
Selection Committee, Sasakawa Environmental Prize, UNEP, KENYA
Board Member, Women and Environment Development Organization (WEDO), USA
Board Member, World Learning for International Development, USA
Board Member, Green Cross International
Board Member, Environment Liaison Center International, KENYA
Board Member, the WorldWIDE Network of Women in Environmental Work, USA
Board Member, National Council of Women of Kenya, KENYA
Honorary Degrees
Doctor of Law, Yale University (2004)
Doctor of Agriculture, University of Norway (1997)
Doctor of Science, Hobart & William Smith Colleges (1994)
Doctor of Law, William’s college, MA USA (1990)
2004 Nobel Peace Prize
2004 Sophie Prize
2004 Petra Kelly Environment Prize
2004 J. Sterling Morton Award
2004 Conservation Scientist Award
2003 Elder of the Burning Spear, Republic of Kenya
2003 WANGO Environment Award
2002 Outstanding Vision and Commitment Award, Bridges to Community
2001 Excellence Award, Kenyan Community Abroad
2001 The Juliet Hollister Award
1997 One of 100 in the world who’ve made a difference in environment, Earth Times
1995 International Women’s Hall of Fame
1994 The Golden Ark Award
1993 The Jane Adams Leadership Award
1993 The Edinburgh Medal
1991 The Hunger Project’s Africa Prize for Leadership
1991 Global 500 Hall of Fame, United Nations Environment Program
1991 The Goldman Environmental prize
1990 The Offeramus Medal
1989 The Woman of the World
1988 The Windstar Award for the Environment
1986 Better World Society Award
1984 Right Livelihood Award
1983 Woman of the year award

* This CV was provided by the Laureate in November 2004.

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