Elizabeth Kimani-Murage

Senior Research Scientist and Lead, Nutrition and Food Systems Unit, African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC)

Dr. Elizabeth Kimani-Murage is a Senior Research Scientist and Lead, Nutrition and Food Systems Unit at the African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC). She also leads the Zero Hunger Initiative at APHRC, whose mission is to promote freedom from hunger and the right to adequate food in Kenya and Africa, in line with the Sustainable Development Goal on Zero Hunger.  

She is a Public Health nutrition Specialist with a longstanding research, public and policy engagement and advocacy experience on food and nutrition security issues in Kenya and Africa. She is also a human rights (particularly the right to food) defender and advocate. Her vision is to transform food systems in Kenya and Africa to be more nourishing, human rights-based, resilient and sustainable, to promote human and ecological health. 

She was among Rockefeller Foundation's Top 10 visionaries under its 2050 Food Systems Vision Prize. Towards the actualization of her vision (under the Zero Hunger Initiative), she supports women and youth groups in low income areas in Kenya to enhance access to healthy food for themselves and their communities.
Elizabeth has contributed to several local and international technical/professional groups and boards. These include the International Expert Group for the Global Nutrition Report Series 2014-2017; Vitamin Angels Board of Directors; and the Advisory Expert Group for TMG Think Tank’s Assessment and Communication of Climate Impacts of Food (CLIF) Project. She has actively contributed to national policies related to nutrition and child health in Kenya. 

She holds a PhD in Public Health; a Masters of Public Health; and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Health. She also (recently) holds a Bachelor of Laws degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in law, with a special interest in promotion of social justice and the right to food though advocacy.