Margaret Koli
HNP Partnerships & Corporate Affairs Manager

Margaret joined HNP after working with Medicos Sin Fronteras (MSF) as the Mobile Implementation Officer for missions in Africa. Prior to this, she graduated with distinction from the UNESCO Chair for Peace, International Master’s programme on Peace, Conflict and Development (Universitat Jaume I, Spain), where she focused on sustainable development and natural resource management.

For several years, Margaret held the highly regarded position of United Nations Environment Programme - Tunza Advisor for Africa. She was chosen for this prestigious position by over 500 youth from all over the world during the 2007 Tunza International Youth Conference on Technology in Service of the Environment, at Leverkusen, Germany. Margaret´s role within this global platform was to advise UNEP on how to better engage young people in environmental activities.

Parallel to this, Margaret fundraised for various youth projects and helped to build the Africa Youth Environment Network. Additionally, she has actively been involved with Youth for Conservation in de-snaring drives for wildlife protection after which the snares would be used to make art for sale and channel the money back to the nearby community for water and agriculture.

During her tenure, she had the opportunity to present key environmental issues to government representatives: the need to involve marginalized and indigenous societies in environmental governance, climate change, and the need to develop a more engaging strategy for youth. Through presenting and lobbying bodies such as the UNEP Governing Council, UN Framework on Climate Change, European Parliament, Margaret was able to bring the critical concerns of Africa youth to global decision makers.

It was during her term as a UNEP - Tunza advisor that she got to engage with some of the inspirational environmental leaders who have ignited her passion for this field: former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California, the late Prof. Wangari Maathai, HSH Prince Albert of Monaco, the Socialist Group ministers of the European Parliament amongst others. Margaret has also been involved with initiatives by United Religions Initiative, Green Peace- Solar Generation initiative, Africa Youth Environment network and Youth Environment Network.

Margaret has published in various academic journals and periodicals on the environment.  She has also won various awards e.g from the Luo Hong Foundation. She communicates fluently in Kiswahili, Meru, French, English, Spanish and Kenyan Sign Language.