Emily Njeru

Emily Njeru

Deputy Director Arts, Culture Programme at the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM)

Ms. Emily Njeru is a Deputy Director Arts, Culture Programme at the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO (KNATCOM). As Deputy Director Arts Ms. Njeru is responsible for fostering creativity and the diversity of cultural expressions. In her duties she is engaged in promotion of UNESCO culture conventions and policies to strengthen national capacities for promotion of Kenya’s cultural and creative industries for peace and sustainable development. In addition, in her position she contributes to formulation of the global UNESCO Culture agenda and promotes the domestication of the same within Kenya. She has many years of experience in culture and creative sector having worked with the government at the Department of Culture Ministry of Culture where she championed formulation of culture policies and culture bill and fostered civil society engagement in culture policy making, running the Kenya Cultural Centre and in Nyeri as a District Cultural Officer. She has organized many policy dialogues with stakeholders and relevant government agencies to advocate for inclusive and enabling policies for the growth of the cultural and creative industries. Ms. Emily Njeru also served as the focal point for Kenya for the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions when she worked for the Ministry of Culture. Recently she organized dialogues for counties and civil society to promote collection of cultural statistics using the UNESCO 2009 framework for culture Statistics and culture for Development Indicators (CDIS) as methodologies and frameworks to assist to better understand the contribution of culture to economic and social development.

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