Lucy Mulenkei is a Masaai from Kenya. Ms. Mulenkei has many years of experience in gender and community development work, focusing on issues related to the environment, which includes work in the different Rio Conventions with a focus on Biological diversity, Climate Change, and Desertification.
She is also active in human rights, women, and girls rights that include reproductive health rights, education, and development that impacts on Indigenous Peoples and their local communities. She has experience in local, national, regional and international advocacy where she brings the international discussions to the local level and local discussions to the international audience.
As the Executive Director of the Indigenous Information Network, she has advocated for the recognition and for the voice and rights of remote Indigenous Peoples, women and girls, to be heard. Apart from being a graduate of Gender and Development Studies from the University of Nairobi, she has studies in Journalist, project management, human rights based approach, Leadership and Environment just to name a few. Ms. Mulenkei carries many roles. She is a Member of a number of Boards both at the National, Regional and international level. She is co-founder of a number of Indigenous Peoples Networks, among them the African Indigenous Women’s Organization, the International Indigenous Women’s forum, Indigenous Women Biodiversity Network, the International Indigenous Forum on Biodiversity, IIFB where she is one of the Co-chairs, and has been working with other Indigenous Peoples with the Global Environment Facility as a Member of the Advisory group. Furthermore, she held the Chair of the Advisory group until August 2023. She has been one of the Members of the High-Level Commission (“HLC”) on the Nairobi Summit on ICPD25 Follow-up, for an initial period of three years. To add to the list, she was appointed as a Member and a Co-Chair of UNEP/ FAO first UN Advisory group for Ecosystem Restoration. She is doing her second term as a Member.