Dr. Esther joined Smile Train in 2008 as a volunteer and has worked her way up the ranks to Vice President and Regional Director, Africa. During her tenure, the programs have grown scale, spanning 38 countries with 254+ partner hospitals and reaching over 116,000 patients, increasing access while improving safety and quality. Dr. Esther spearheaded the formation of the Africa Medical Advisory Council, formed for the first time in 2019. Through her leadership, Smile Train Africa is now accredited as an International Training Center for American Heart Association’s BLS and PALS.
As Vice President and Regional Director for Africa, Dr. Esther oversees the growth and maintenance of Smile Train’s partnerships and programs across all of Africa. She represents Smile Train on the Civil Society Engagement Mechanism (CSEM) Advisory Group for UHC2030 and has served in the Technical working Group for Kenya’s National Surgical Obstetric, Trauma and Anesthesia plan. Her vision is to have every child with a cleft in Africa access free, safe and quality reconstructive surgery before the age of two years and grow up to be constructive members of their communities.
Before joining Smile Train, Dr. Esther worked with the Ministry of Medical Services in Kenya and later Kenya Airways as a Medical Officer. She holds a Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery (MBChB) from University of Nairobi and a Master’s in Public Health specializing in Health Systems Management. She is also a qualified accountant under the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) and holds several other certificate-based trainings.
She was awarded Business Daily’s Top40Under40 women in 2016, in recognition of her efforts and achievements in providing cleft care in Africa. She serves on the board of her Rotary Club, she is a wife and mother of three. Dr. Esther is passionate about children and their health, an important pillar in her commitment to Smile Train.