2018 Tutu Fellow Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg PhD has been appointed to the Board of Directors of the Autodesk Foundation.  On its site, the Foundation says it supports innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing social and environmental challenges. Its funding areas are concentrated on energy and materials, health and resilience, and work and prosperity. 

Wanjiru is the founding executive director of Black Women in Executive Leadership (B-WEL) and an executive-in-residence at Schmidt Futures.

Before that, she was director of AWARD (African Women in Agricultural Research and Development), which supports gender-responsive agricultural innovation, and previously also founded Akili Dada, a leadership incubator for girls and young women based in Kenya.

Wanjiru and the Autodesk Foundation were connected via TheBoardroom Africa, which networks talented and experienced African women to board opportunities globally. TheBoardroom Africa was created by Marcia Ashong, a 2019 Fellow. 

There is an extensive conversation with Wanjiru at the Autodesk Foundation site on gender equity and a range of other topics.


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The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.