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Ms. Verity Mbaka Nyagah


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Verity has over 30 years of experience encompassing sustainable development in thematic areas such as poverty, climate change, environment, gender and women’s empowerment, health, and governance. She has worked in Kenya’s public sector (Ministry of Environment) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at senior management levels, managing large development programs in complex environments. She also has experience in cross-border and cross-sectoral development policy.

In UNDP, Verity worked in several countries -including South Africa, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Tanzania, and with sub-regional organizations (AU, IGAD, SADC). She developed strong partnerships with national governments, regional organizations, development partners, NGOs, and Community-Based Organizations (CBO).

Before joining the United Nations (UN), Verity held a strategic position in the Ministry of Environment as the Deputy Coordinator for the Kenya National Environment Action Plan Process Project (NEAP), funded by the World Bank (1993-1997). The project developed the first Environment Action Plan for Kenya, resulting in the development of the Environmental Management and Coordination Act which established the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA).

Her strengths include team leadership, project management, strategy development, partnership building, coordination, and representation. She is also a certified Mediator.