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Nancy Karigithu

Principal Secretary, State Department for Maritime and Shipping Affairs at the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development in Kenya

Bio:

Amb. Nancy W. Karigithu, CBS Special Envoy for Maritime and Blue Economy is the Principal Secretary, State Department for Maritime and Shipping Affairs at the Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing, and Urban Development with responsibility for the promotion of the Maritime and Shipping Industry in Kenya. She sits on the Board of Governors at World Maritime University (WMU) and the International Maritime Law Institute (IMLI).

She has also served as the Chair of the Technical Cooperation Committee under the International Maritime Organization (IMO) for two terms.  In her work with IMO, she was involved in the setting up and launch of the Association of Women in the Maritime Sector in Eastern & Southern Africa (WOMESA), where she served two terms as Chairperson. Currently, she sits on the governing council. WOMESA is the first regional body that brings together women professionals in the maritime sector of 26 countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.

Prior to her appointment in the State Department, she worked as a legal expert for the European Union (EU) project, Critical Maritime Routes, aimed at enhancing maritime situational awareness in the Indian Ocean. In 2019, she was bestowed with an Honorary Fellowship by the World Maritime University and was recently appointed as the Ambassador and Special Envoy for Maritime and Blue Economy in Kenya in recognition of her distinguished service to the international maritime industry.

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