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Dr. Josephine Ojiambo – The Diplomat

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Dr. Josephine Ojiambo at Kenya Diaspora Conference - D.C Dr. Josephine Ojiambo at Kenya Diaspora Conference - D.C

A diplomat is defined as: “A person, who represents a country, conducts diplomacy with another country or international organization, represents and protects the interests and nationals of the country they represent and promotes friendly relations. He or she is a person who is also expected to be an excellent negotiator dedicated to the promotion of peace and understanding between people and strives for peaceful relations between states, for when diplomacy ceases then war begins.”

Ambassador Dr. Josephine Ojiambo the representative Kenya Mission to the United Nations, New York at the Kenya Diaspora Conference showed her brilliant diplomatic skills as she guided the Kenya Diaspora Conference back to the right track after the drama show, “My husband left me for another woman,” posed problems to the agenda of the program.

Dr. Josephine Ojiambo has a Diploma in Diplomacy from the Foreign Services Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kenya, is trained in the medical field and holds a Masters degree in Public Health and Community Medicine from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel. She has a Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. She is a lady who has been involved in consultancy work in International Public Health with Solutions for Health and Development (SHD), in NGO work with the International Centre for Health Development and Research (ICHDR) and with the Centre for Advancement of Women and Children (CAWAC). She has accomplished many project developments and management over the past 25 years in the fields of medicine, education, research, policy development and others.

Speaking to her during the ongoing conference, she noted that the conference was a great success. When asked if the Ambassadors could consider a revolving schedule with the conference going to another city every year, she replied, “This would be a good idea.” We hope that Boston Region will be the lucky region to host the next conference once the decision is made.

From helping The Kenya Ambassador to the U.S. His Excellency Elkanah Odembo welcome Kenyans to Washington D.C, Ambassador Dr. Ojiambo also led the reception in honor of the late Prof. Wangari Muta Maathai, Founder, Green Belt Movement and 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner. She also moderated the dinner speaker’s session where Mr. Festus Njuki General Manager, IT and Projects, Equity Bank addressed the attendees on Financial Inclusion through Innovative Delivery and Mr. Thomas Konditi, CFO, General Electric Africa talked about GE’s Africa Strategy: Opportunities for Diaspora.

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