Catherine Muigai Mwangi is Kenya`s Ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Republic of South Africa and accredited to the Kingdom of Eswatini and Kingdom of Lesotho. Prior to her current appointment she served as the Kenya`s Ambassador Extra-Ordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Federal
Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, and Permanent Representative to the African Union (AU), and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA). Until December 2019, she was accredited as Ambassador to the Republic of Djibouti and Permanent Representative to Inter-Government Authority on Development (IGAD).

She also served as Ambassador of the Republic of Kenya to the Republic of Ireland from 2007 to 2014. She was Kenya’s first envoy to that country; during her tour of duty she was instrumental in promoting Kenya’s economic interests in Ireland. She also chaired the Africa Ireland Economic Forum which stimulated Africa-Ireland
economic activities. Preceding her entry into diplomacy, High commissioner Mwangi worked in various capacities in both Government and Private sector where she specialized in corporate strategy development, marketing, communications, brand management, operations and personnel management. Throughout her career she has gained a vast of professional experience and has established an excellent network of contacts worldwide.

“I celebrate women in diplomacy for their indispensable role in decision making, and for amplifying their critical voices at the world stage in defining solutions to global challenges. Increasingly, women are engaged in different facets of global affairs, from policy-making to deal- making, arms control to peacebuilding, international trade negotiations to climate action and other strands of international diplomacy that are instrumental in maintaining a stable and secure world for all. This has been enabled by the upward trend of women in diplomatic service. In this edition of EmbassyDirect, I pay special homage to the over fifteen African Female Foreign Ministers and women in diplomacy, who have demonstrated excellent performance in projecting their national foreign policy, continually providing diplomatic leadership for our beloved continent and are gradually becoming a growing force at the world stage.“ – Catherine Muigai Mwangi