Director, Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi

Murugi joined the Nairobi Center from her previous role as associate professor of nutrition and health care management at Appalachian State University, where she conducted research on the health of vulnerable populations and the efficacy of public health nutrition interventions in domestic and international settings. In that role, Murugi was also East African Coordinator for the African Nutritional Sciences Research Consortium. She holds a PhD in nutrition and food systems from the University of Southern Mississippi, and an MEd in Psychology and a BEd in Education, both from Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.

Program Manager

Pauline Muthoni joined in May 2012 as the Personal Assistant to the Director. She oversees the Director’s daily schedule and provides administrative support to staff within the MDG Centre and Columbia Global Center | Nairobi. Pauline holds a Masters degree in Business Administration and a Bachelors in Human Resource Management. She has over 7 years of experience in office administration and management.

Manager, Finance & Administration


Jane Wambugu is the manager, finance and administration. She is in charge of budget development activities, project administration and human resources at the Centre.

She joined The MDG Centre in February 2007 as the finance officer. Previously she worked at the World Agroforestry Centre at various positions including regional finance officer for East and Central Africa, accountant budget and projects administration (South East Asia) and assistant treasury accountant. Prior to that, she worked as the audit assistant at the Dominion Consultants/Wachira Irungu & Associates Certified Public Accountants. Jane is a certified Public Accountant and has a BA in Accounting from United States International University-Africa (USIU-A). She also holds a Diploma in Horticulture from Egerton University and has previously worked for the Kenya Ministry of Agriculture.

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