Name: Esther Ngumbi
What she does: Educator
Impact: Has inspired and empowered others
Nominated by: Cailey Bronny
Esther Ngumbi recently graduated with a PhD in Entomology from Auburn University, Alabama. She is a native of the Kwale District in Kenya. Esther is very passionate about issues of hunger, gender, education, youth activism, and sustainability and is a strong advocate for all efforts aimed at ending hunger in our lifetime. Esther educates others about the reality of global hunger, while encouraging young people to step-up and make a difference in their communities as well as our world. Esther is a motivational speaker and has given talks in several places including, University of Idaho, Auburn University, and North Carolina State University. Esther has been involved in several initiatives including Clinton Global University Initiative and Universities Fighting World Hunger. Esther is truly a dedicated servant for the people as seen in the long list of programs she has established in less than 4 years. This include, establishing a War on Hunger Chapter at University of Idaho, the sustainable campus move-out program.
She recently helped co- found WISE Partnerships in Kenya a program that partners Auburn University students with secondary schools in the coastal region of Kenya and students attending Kenyatta University-Pwani Campus, creating a mentoring supporting network. Esther is a co-founder of “Young Thinkers Kenya–creative and innovative towards sustainable development “ a program that is engaging young Kenyan students attending high schools and University in solving problems affecting their communities. She is also the co-founder of Vision 2015: Bringing Clinton Global University Meeting to Africa. Most recently, Esther with eleven other students co-founded ReEnvision Your Future blog channel, that is solely dedicated to inspire, engage, and empower the future leaders of the 21st century. By empowering ourselves and each other, we stand united to help create a better world for all. Esther’s life of service and achievements wererecently highlighted by Auburn University and Auburn University College of Agriculture. Esther is a currently a Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellow, and carries the face of the program which is an embodiment of the fact that she is a Role Model for the Next Generation.
Esther also serves as a Board of Directors for Caribbean Education Initiative. Esther believes that everyone has a right to live a dignified life and believes in education and especially education for women. Education empowers, and therefore, as long as she lives she will continue to use her education as a voice for the voiceless, and use her intellect to serve the needs of the hungry, the poor and the needy! Esther has a huge heart, an unstoppable passion and a deep commitment for developingAfrica.
Esther has already inspired so many at Auburn University and around the globe. She is a gift to all that are in her midst!