Pennsylvania State University has named Judy Wakhungu of Kenya as the recipient of the 2022 Graduate School Alumni Society (GSAS) Humanitarian Award.
The award recognizes a former student with a graduate degree from Penn State who has had a positive societal impact on the well-being of humanity beyond the responsibilities of their profession. This includes a significant contribution for the benefit of the community, state and / or nation, or the peoples of other nations.
“. We look forward to presenting you with this prestigious award in recognition of your distinguished humanitarian service, ”the university said in a letter to Wakhungi dated November 2.
Wakhungu, who is currently Kenya‘s Ambassador to France, earned a doctorate. in Energy Resource Management from Penn State in 1993.
Penn State Graduate School Alumni Society Humanitarian Award 2022. Wow! Thank you, ”Wahungu wrote on social media.
The award will be presented to him during a ceremony and dinner on March 26, 2022 at the institution’s conference center.
“As part of your visit, we are delighted to arrange for you to speak with graduate students to share your global perspectives with them,” added Penn State.
Prior to her appointment as Kenya’s Ambassador to France by President Kenyatta in 2018, Wakhungu was Cabinet Secretary for the Environment. She is credited with the ban on the manufacture, import and distribution of single-use plastic bags in Kenya.
Wakhungu was Associate Professor of Science, Technology, and Society at Penn State University, where she was also Director of the Women in the Sciences and Engineering (WISE) Institute.
She was also an energy advisor for the World Bank’s Energy Sector Management Program and an advisor at the Legatum Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.