Esther Ngumbi

Food Security | Kenya

2015 New Voices Fellow


Dr. Esther Ngumbi is a 2007 recipient for the highly competitive American Association of University Women (AAUW) International Fellowship. She has been featured in the AAUW celebrating 125 years of fellowships and grants views and on the cover of AAUW’s highly acclaimed national research report: “Why So Few? Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics”. Dr. Ngumbi is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Entomology and Plant Pathology at Auburn University in Alabama. For the last three years, she has served as a Clinton Global University (CGI U) Mentor for Agriculture. Esther was named by One World Action as one of the 100 powerful women who change the world. She was the recipient of the first 2017 Emerging Sustainability Leader Award and 2017 Women of Courage Award. She is also serving as a member of Entomological Society of America Science Policy Committee. She has published over 40 opinion pieces in outlets ranging from Scientific American to Time Magazine. She continues to be a global leader, motivational speaker and is passionate about issues related to hunger, gender, education, youth activism and sustainability.