Elizabeth Kariuki is CIFOR-ICRAF’s executive manager and secretary to the CIFOR-ICRAF Common Board of Trustees. She is based in Nairobi, Kenya.
Elizabeth joined in 2004 as a programme administrative officer in the Office of the Deputy Director-General, Research. In 2008, she was appointed the Head of Contracts and Grants, where she successfully led the establishment of the Contracts and Grants Office. In 2014, she assumed her current role as executive manager, where she oversees policy development, risk management and special projects within the Director-General’s Office. In 2020, she was appointed secretary to the CIFOR-ICRAF Common Board of Trustees.
She has broad professional experience in the areas of grant management, legal contract management, intellectual property management, policy development, risk management, change management, management of information systems and inter-governmental trade relations. Prior to joining CIFOR-ICRAF, Elizabeth worked at Japan External Trade Organization as a project officer where she was responsible for trade relations between the Government of Japan and Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Uganda, Tanzania and Seychelles.
Elizabeth served as a director on the board of KIMISITU Sacco Ltd for nine years, where she acquired expertise in the governance of savings and credit cooperative societies in Kenya. KIMISITU Sacco comprises over 7,000 members drawn from 400 international organizations and diplomatic missions in the country. She holds a Masters’ degree in International Business Administration (Strategic Management) and a Bachelor of Science in International Business Administration (Information Systems), both from the United States International University. She has also certification in change management, contract management, intellectual property management and trade.