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WANGARI MAATHAI
Nobel Peace Laureate
Founder, Green Belt Movement

PROFESSIONAL INFORMATION:
• Founder, Green Belt Movement that has assisted women in planting more than 20 million trees on their farms and on schools and church compounds.
• Addressed the UN on several occasions and spoke on behalf of women at special sessions of the General Assembly for the five-year review of the earth summit;
• Served on the commission for Global Governance and Commission on the Future;
• Assistant Minister for Environment, Natural Resources and Wildlife in Kenya's ninth parliament; and
• National Council of Women of Kenya (1976-87, Chair 1981-87).

AWARDS, BOARD MEMBERSHIPS AND AFFILIATIONS:
• Nobel Peace Prize Laureate (2004);
• UN Secretary General's Advisory Board on Disarmament, Member;
• The Jane Goodall Institute, Board Member;
• Women and Environment Development Organization (WEDO), Board Member;
• World Learning for International Development, Board Member;
• Green Cross International, Board Member;
• Environment Liaison Center International, Board Member;
• WorldWIDE Network of Women in Environmental Work, Board Member;
• UNEP's Global 500 Hall of Fame;
• The Sophie Prize (2004);
• The Petra Kelly Prize for Environment (2004);
• The Conservation Scientist Award (2004);
• J. Sterling Morton Award (2004);
• WANGO Environment Award (2003);
• Outstanding Vision and Commitment Award (2002);
• Excellence Award from the Kenyan Community Abroad (2001);
• Golden Ark Award (1994);
• Juliet Hollister Award (2001);
• Jane Adams Leadership Award (1993);
• Edinburgh Medal (1993);
• The Hunger Project's Africa Prize for Leadership (1991);
• Goldman Environmental Prize (1991);
• Woman of the World (1989);
• Windstar Award for the Environment (1988);
• Better World Society Award (1986);
• Right Livelihood Award (1984); and
• Woman of the Year Award (1983).

EDUCATION:
• Mount St. Scholastica College (degree in Biological Sciences);
• University of Pittsburgh (Master of Science degree); and
• University of Nairobi (Ph.D.).

 
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