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 joined the Center in May 2010 as the Personal Assistant to the Director.  She is currently the Programs Manager where she oversees building relationships with strategic partners and participates in reviewing potential areas of collaboration.  She also provides support – logistical or otherwise to Columbia University faculty and students conducting research projects in the East African region.  Overall, she monitors and oversees the successful establishment and operation of all program activities in line with the Global Centers mission and vision. 

Pauline holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor degree in Human Resource management – both from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.  She previously worked as an Administration Assistant at Joint Voluntary Service and as an Office Manager at Home Instructions for Parents of Pre-School Youngsters USA.

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, holds MBAs in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship and a BA in Accounting both 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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