Kenyan Carole Wainaina lands top job at the UN



A Kenyan has once again made headway and made it to the news for all the right reasons. This comes as United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced the appointment Carole Wainaina as assistant secretary-general for human resources management. Carole Wainaina

Carole Wainaina brings to her new post “a wealth of global experience at various senior leadership levels, including human resources strategy, leadership development, change management and driving organizational transformation,” Mr Ban’s spokesman said in a prepared statement.

Ms Wainaina, was born in 1966, worked for more than two decades at multinational corporations in Turkey, the United States, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Kenya. She served as chief human resources officer at Royal Phillips in the Netherlands from September 2011 to June this year.Prior to that, Ms Wainaina worked for Coca-Cola as group human resources director as well as in other posts, including chief of staff to the company’s CEO and president of the Coca-Cola Africa Foundation.

She is a graduate of the University of Southern Queensland in Australia, Ms Wainaina started her career as a management consultant at Pricewaterhouse Coopers in Kenya. She also served as special assistant to the director of the Kenya Wildlife Service.

The announcement was made on Thursday September 25th, from the United Nations headquarters in New York.

Wainaina replaces Catherine Pollard who takes over as Assistant Secretary-General for the General Assembly and Conference Management.

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