Wawira Njiru

Founder and Executive Director, Food for Education Foundation

About Wawira Njiru

Wawira is the founder and Executive Director of Food for Education, a social enterprise that is creating the blueprint for school feeding in Africa. Led by African women, they leverage payment technology and smart supply chains to source nutritious ingredients from local smallholder farmers, simplify distribution, and bring high-quality daily school meals to children. They have provided over 15 million meals since their first central kitchen opened in 2016 and their scalable, efficient model is creating a sustainable path to solve the child nutrition crisis for over 200 million African children. Wawira is the winner of the 2022 Global Icon Award by the World’s 50 Best Restaurants, a 2021 Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum, 2020 Ford Foundation Global Fellow, a 2018 Rainer Arnhold Fellow, a recipient of the Builders of Africa Award 2018, one of 2018’s Top 40 under 40 women in Kenya, and the youngest recipient of the University of South Australia’s alumni award in 2017. She is also the inaugural recipient of the Global Citizen Youth Leadership Prize 2018 presented by Cisco and the 2021 United Nations Kenya Person of the Year.

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