Director, Education Programs, CARE, USA
Joyce Adolwa, originally from Kenya, is CARE’s senior director for education programs, leading the organization’s global efforts to promote adolescent girls’ empowerment through providing equitable, relevant and quality education while also addressing the intersectionality’s that promote the empowerment of this very vulnerable group. In this role, Joyce is responsible for providing strategic direction and intellectual leadership to global efforts that seek to elucidate the evolution of girl’s empowerment and its continuum into women’s empowerment. Joyce’s career has been dynamic, having worked in both the health and corporate sectors. She has led several global initiatives as a researcher, program designer and implementer in the fields of education, youth leadership, health, Early Childhood Development and HIV programming. Ms. Adolwa has led and supported research on the interaction of gender, education and health, she has authored/co-authored a number of articles and served on numerous expert panels on girls’ education and women’s empowerment. Joyce was tapped to inform the Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let Girls Learn White House initiative and also received a note of commendation from former President Barack Obama for her contribution to the first United State of Women Summit convened by the White House in 2016. She has served on the technical advisory committee for the Clinton Global Initiatives, Girls CHARGE. She currently serves as CARE’s representative on the Global Advisory Committee for the UN Girls Education Initiative. Joyce has a M.S. degree in Public Health from the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, USA and a B.A. in Sociology and English Literature from Egerton University, Kenya. She also has a post graduate diploma in Marketing and Public Relations from the London Chambers of Commerce and Industry. In addition to her work, Ms. Adolwa has served as a guest lecturer with the Colombia University’s Global Classroom on Gender and with the University of Minnesota. Joyce is the mother of two wonderful girls who she is raising to be the future face of women’s empowerment.