NAIROBI, 11 November 2020 – U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres has appointed Kenyan-born Alice Wairimu Nderitu as Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide.
In a press release, the U.N. called Nderitu “a recognized voice in the field of peace-building and violence prevention”.
A former Commissioner of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission in Kenya and a co-Chair and founding member of Uwiano Platform for Peace, she has worked on “preventing, transforming and solving violent, ethnic, racial and religious conflicts worldwide”.
Prior to her appointment, she served as Member of the Kenya National Committee on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, War Crimes, Crimes Against Humanity and all Forms of Discrimination.
She is also a member of the African Union’s Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (Fem-Wise) and the Women Waging Peace Network.
Nderitu holds a Bachelor of Arts, Literature and Philosophy and a Masters in Armed Conflict and Peace Studies from the University of Nairobi.
She replaces Adama Dieng of Senegal as head of the United Nations Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect.