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She currently serves as the Director of Partnerships at the YALI Regional Leadership Center for East Africa, working with Deloitte. Kamau-Biruri worked as Senior Resource Mobilization Officer at the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where she raised more than million from private foundations, donor governments and the private sector.Prior to her service at AGRA, she worked as the Africa Regional Director for the International Child Resource Institute. Kamau-Biruri led the design and development of programs in the areas of child protection, economic opportunity for youth and women, and early childhood education.She has received numerous awards and honors for her work, serving twice as a Salzburg Fellow, twice as the Africa Team Coordinator for the World Forum for Early Care and Education and a Senior Fellow - Early Childhood Development for Children's Investment Fund Foundation. Okengo has over 12 years of experience teaching at the university level, and has authored and presented widely on early childhood development programming in the region.She holds a Ph D in Early Childhood Studies from Kenyatta University.She serves as the President of the Board of 1000 Days, a member of the Board of Trustees of Save the Children and as a member of Investing in Young Children Globally, a project of the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council.Kofi Marfo, Ph D is a professor and Founding Director of the Institute for Human Development at Aga Khan University where he is co-leader of an initiative to support child development research capacity-building in Africa and is a co-convener of the African Scholars in Child/Early Child Development Workshop series.
She is currently working with several international development agencies and government ministries to provide advisory support in the development of sound ECD policy. Haregot worked as an advisor to the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) and served as the UNICEF Regional ECD Advisor for Eastern and Southern Africa, pioneering the early childhood program in the area and managing the African Girls’ Education Initiative (AGEI) from the New York headquarters before being posted to Nairobi.
Professor Marfo holds a Ph D in Education from the University of Alberta.
Professor Linda Richter Ph D is a Distinguished Professor and the Director of the Department of Science and Technology (DST) - National Research Foundation (NRF) Centre of Excellence in Human Development at the University of the Witwatersrand.
An educator by profession, she worked for the Head Start Programme in the US and at the Ministry of Education and Children’s’ Commission in Ethiopia prior to her UN experience. Haregot is a board member of the Forum of African Women Educationalist (FAWE), and holds a Master of Education from Rutgers University.
Maggie Kamau-Biruri is an international development specialist with more than 15 years of experience.